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The $ 200 iPod Touch is now in real competition


The new iPod Touch is a great introduction to the upcoming iOS 13.

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Apple released a new iPod Touch for 2019 this year. It costs $ 200 and has a small screen with low resolution. If you already own an iPhone that's older than the iPhone 5, there's no reason to buy the iPod Touch . Probably the same offer, if you own a current iPad. However, if you've never had a iOS device or bought an iOS device in the past and want to get back in, the $ 200 iPod Touch is now the cheapest entry point for iOS.

But it's not your only $ 200 option. Nintendo announced a new downsized version of its Nintendo Switch this week, the Switch Lite . The $ 200 game system is smaller than the original switch and can not connect to a TV. How does the Switch Lite behave towards the iPod Touch ?

In his test of the iPod Touch 2019, my colleague Patrick Holland clearly stated why most, despite their appeal to specific consumers, want to skip the iPod Touch. And although I can fully understand and agree with many of his points, I eventually see it differently.

I've been a staunch supporter of iOS for almost 11 years, and especially the Apple App Store since I bought the iPhone 3G in 2008. There are two simple reasons for this: I like the UI and its development, and the game and app selection in the App Store has never disappointed me.

That was it's really. I have an iPhone XS Max and definitely do not need the iPod Touch, but I'm looking forward to those who do. And here are three reasons why I think the iPod Touch for $ 200 is a bargain.

Apple Arcade

Later this year, Apple will launch Apple Arcade a subscription-based game service in which you pay a monthly fee for iOS games created by some of the world's leading game developers. The most exciting for me are Annapurna Interactive, manufacturer of Donut County, and Mistwalker under the direction of Final Fantasy inventor Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Apple expects 100 exclusive and non-exclusive games, which are pending to start the service. More are expected later. Sign up for the service and then download any Apple Arcade game at no additional cost.


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The best thing about this service for iPod Touch owners, who have no cellular connection, but only Wi-Fi, is that every game is playable offline. This means you can play your games to your heart's content, even when sitting in the train or in the back seat of a carpooling vehicle.

A subscription costs the same for individuals or a family of six and is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.

iOS 13

I have not been so excited about an iOS update since iOS 7. At that moment, Apple implemented the "flat" look of app icons. With iOS 13, it's Dark Mode that makes me dizzy the most.

Honestly, I was simply impressed by the fact that the Dark Mode is a purposeful feature – not just a reversing the colors – that looks cool in screenshots.

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The dark mode is coming.

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Also, iOS 13 will include a redesigned camera interface and editing options, as well as logging in to Apple . Signing in allows users to sign in to their iPod Touch with their Apple ID instead of their email address on apps and websites. This prevents Apple from being tracked online and targeted with ads.

AR becomes more real

The iPod Touch works with AR apps on the App Store . These include the iOS app Measure which allows you to virtually measure things in the real world by getting a truly flexible digital ruler. With Pokemon Go or the upcoming and highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite becomes AR a kind of thing . And although I was not upset about it at first, the more useful apps I find, the more believing I get, the more believing I feel, the more measurable I get.

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Surely you need a more powerful device to use some of the high-end AR apps. However, for easy measurements and searching for Pokemon, the new iPod Touch is suitable.

Bonus: It has a headphone jack

Yes, you can use Bluetooth headset or connect your wired phones to this 3.5mm jack at the bottom, as we did earlier.

Either you like it or not, so I do not say anything more.

Do it!

Or not. I mean, the touch is not for everyone. But it's cheap enough, with enough up-to-the-minute features and an intelligent strategic future to be worth your money if you decide to take the plunge.

$ 162


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