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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