With WWDC just around the corner, most people are focusing on whether or not Apple is preparing to launch a new iPhone in just a few weeks' time. However, it seems the Cupertino-based company has been prepping a different kind of touchscreen device over the last few months.
Apple this morning surprised us all with the launch of a brand new iPod touch with Retina display and 16 GB of storage. The company quietly updated its store to include a 16 GB model of last year's 5th generation iPod touch. Apple launched the fifth generation iPod last September, bringing color to the iPod range and adding a 4-inch screen, IPS display, support for 1080p video recording and panoramic stills, an LED flash, Apple's A5 chip, and support for Siri. However, the MP3 player was only available in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities.
The new model isn't exactly the same, though. Apple's new 16 GB model of the 5th gen iPod touch is only available in silver and doesn't have a rear-facing camera or a loop for a lanyard. If you can get past these omissions, it's priced at $229 and is available via the Apple store online right now.
That's Apple's notion of a "budget device".
This seems to be designed to be just a media player, nothing more. Thing is, for less money one can get a better player (capacity, functionality-wise, just no fruit logo).
To play devil's advocate, lots of people substitute their smartphone with an ipod touch for activities--gym etc. Some people don't want to carry a data plan on their cell account, so they have dumbphones ("feature phones" lol), a portable media player is a nice thing to have. Other people are parents; lots provide ipod touches for their little kids as entertainment or learning tools.
Don't get me wrong; I use my phone for pretty much everything other than falling asleep to audio books (funnily enough, I have an aging ipod touch for that--but if it broke, I wouldn't buy another one...).
It might be the case if there is SD or Micro SD slot since a 32G MicroSD/SD is cheaper than what Apple ask for 16G extra space.