New $229 iPod Touch loses rear camera, color options
The classic 32GB iPod Touch costs $299 and the 64GB version is $399 — making the new 16GB iPod Touch the cheapest version currently available, with a price tag of $229.
Meanwhile, Apple dropped the 16GB 3.5-inch Touch that it had been selling for $199.
Although the latest iPod Touch offers only half the storage, it features a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by a dual-core A5 processor.
The music player is also shipped with a pair of Apple EarPods and comes in either black or silver; far from the myriad of colors available for the standard 32GB and 64GB versions.
If you purchase this version of the iPod Touch, you will lose the rear-facing camera, which contributes to the mobile gadget’s slimmer design, weighing in at 86 grams, a height of 4.86 inches and width of 2.31 inches. The front-end camera remains, however, you won’t be shooting 1080p video with this cheaper variation of the iPod Touch.
The new iPod may not be suitable for those who wish to carry a lot of movies or music around with them, but the cheaper 16GB version may appeal to those who are looking to get their hands on their first Apple device.
If you want to get your hands on the 16GB model, Apple is now selling the new variant on the firm’s online Store page.
Rumors persist that Apple is looking at the development of a cheaper iPhone model to rake in a wider customer base. In an analyst note, Citi Research says that the tech giant is heading naturally towards the build of less-expensive models, and this “shift” is considered not only a move towards long-term rather than short-term profitability for Apple, but for the tech industry as a whole.
Recent image leaks of an allegedly lower-cost, iPhone recently surfaced; suggesting that a cheaper, plastic-cased iPhone may also be on the way to our stores. Apple has not confirmed that a less expensive iPhone model is in the works, but considering the quiet introduction of a cheaper iPod Touch and the $329 iPad Mini, it may not be an unrealistic expectation.