The Courier-Mail

IPOD TOUCH SIXTH GEN­ER­A­TION AP­PLE

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When the iPod Touch ap­peared in Septem­ber 2007, Fergie topped the Aus­tralian mu­sic charts, John Howard was in power, and the fi­nal Harry Pot­ter novel was be­com­ing the top-selling book of the year.

Flash for­ward eight years and the iPod Touch is back, per­haps so Ap­ple can re­mind us of its mu­sic cre­den­tials.

Nos­tal­gia isn’t the only rea­son to buy it. The sixth iPod Touch is in­cred­i­bly light­weight at 88g. It is also smarter and faster than its pre­de­ces­sors, with hard­ware that al­most matches the iPhone 6.

It uses the same A8 chip and M8 mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor, and fea­tures dou­ble the RAM of the past iPod Touch at 1GB. The re­sult is a de­vice that can ably run the most de­mand­ing apps, which is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for those who use it for games.

The iPod Touch’s main cam­era is also bet­ter than be­fore, with an eight-megapixel res­o­lu­tion and the abil­ity to cap­ture slow-mo­tion video.

But it’s not quite as ad­vanced as the iPhone 6 model.

Orig­i­nal iPod Touch users should note this model fea­tures Blue­tooth and a built-in speaker. But its screen size is still 4 inches, it has no GPS chip to track runs, and no Touch ID fin­ger­print sen­sor for se­cu­rity.

The new­est, and pos­si­bly the last, iPod Touch should ap­peal to young gamers, ded­i­cated fit­ness fans and the nos­tal­gic.

$279-$579 / AP­PLE.COM/AU

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