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Available now at Apple’s retail and online stores, the $199 iPod touch is the cheapest version yet of Apple’s music player. Like the rest of Apple’s iPod touch lineup, the new 16GB model packs a 4-inch 1136 x 640 Retina display, an Apple A5 processor, a 1.2-MP FaceTime front camera and a rear-facing 5-MP camera.
Apple debuted the fifth-generation 16GB iPod Touch last year for $229, but that version lacked a rear camera and only shipped in silver. You can now nab the device in a wealth of vibrant colors, including pink, yellow, blue, space gray, silver and “Product”-branded red, the latter of which helps aid charities.
The new iPod touch ships with iOS 7, and you’ll be able to upgrade it to iOS 8 this fall to take advantage of features like Healthkit and Homekit.
The 32GB and 64GB versions of the iPod touch have also gone down in price, now selling for $249 and $299, respectively. If want to enjoy most of the iPhone’s features without the contract–or you’re not ready to hand your child a phone–the new iPod touch looks like a pretty good deal.
-- Michael Andronico, Laptop