The apple iPod cảm ứng (7th generation) is still fantastic for gaming và listening to music, with Apple"s A10 Fusion cpu making its AR experience better than ever, too. If you can find one, they"re relatively inexpensive, và could be an ideal entertainment device (especially for kids). Be warned though: the camera isn"t great, và you"ll miss cảm biến ID.

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The táo apple iPod cảm ứng (7th generation) was released in May 2019. This was a move that took everyone by surprise considering it was the first upgrade táo bị cắn had made to its portable music and clip player since 2015.


According to lớn Apple, the updated iPod cảm biến has enhancements in power, capability và communication over its predecessors. But, without a doubt, the iPod cảm biến (7th generation) was geared towards gaming, with its release coming just in time for the launch of Apple"s gaming service, apple Arcade.

But is the iPod cảm ứng 7 also a worthy music player like the many iPod touch devices that came before it? The answer is: yes. That"s why, despite the fact a steady (but slow) stream of portable music players continue to be released by other brands, it"s still one of our đứng top picks in our best MP3 players guide. The problem, however, might be finding one...


Since the release of the iPod touch 7 we"re reviewing here, táo bị cắn has officially discontinued the iPod line. But rather than mean that iPod touch devices like this one are old news, there"s been fresh demand for the portable music players as people are desperate lớn get one before they"re no more.


Read our táo bị cắn dở iPod cảm biến (7th generation) reviews below to lớn find out whether Apple"s music player in your pocket is worth snapping up.


Apple iPod touch (7th generation): price and availability

Discontinued, so could soon be difficult lớn findRelatively cheap for an hãng apple product
Apple iPod cảm ứng (7th generation) key specs

Capacity: 32GB, 128GB, 256GBDimensions: 123.4mm X 58.6mm X 6.1mm (H X W X D)Weight: 88gBattery: 40 hoursDisplay: 4-inch Retina Display, 1136x640-pixel resolution at 326 ppCamera: 8MP camera, 1080p HD đoạn phim recording, FaceTime HD CameraAudio formats: AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC‑3) & Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX và AAX+)


The táo bị cắn dở iPod cảm ứng (7th generation) is still on the hãng apple website, but has been sold out for some time.

Since táo khuyết discontinued the whole iPod range in Spring 2022, demand for the hãng apple iPod touch 7 has been high, so it"s no surprise last remaining stock from hãng apple is no longer available.

However, many third các buổi tiệc nhỏ retailers vì have some models & colors of the iPod touch (7th generation) available – we"re just not sure how long they"ll stick around.

At the time of writing, you can find the 32GB mã sản phẩm for $199 / £199 / AU$299 / AED 849, with the price rising to $299 / £299 / AU$499 / AED 1,269 for the 128GB model.

The most expensive option is the $399 / £399 / AU$599 / AED 1,689 256GB model, which is the version we tested for this review.

This price isn"t cheap, but it"s good for an táo product. Especially considering how good music playback and gaming is on this little device.

When the The hãng apple iPod touch (7th generation) was first released, there were six colors to choose from: space grey, silver, pink, blue, gold & red. However, with stock levels low, space grey seems lớn be one of the few shades still available. Of course, this depends where you look.



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Apple iPod touch (7th generation): design

Slim and sleek buildGood choice of colorsIt has a 3.5mm tai nghe jack

The táo bị cắn dở iPod cảm biến (7th generation) looks identical khổng lồ the iPod touch that came before it, like the 6th gen and even the 5th ren version. It has a four-inch display & a sleek, lightweight build.

At the bottom of the iPod touch you’ll find the home button. Annoyingly, however, it doesn’t feature Apple’s cảm ứng ID technology. This was introduced way back in 2013 with the iPhone 5S, so it"s a shame it"s not here.

This means you have to lớn remember a six-digit passcode lớn unlock the iPod, which might not be ideal for younger users who could struggle khổng lồ remember a passcode – although parents who want to lớn limit children’s usage of their device might find this useful.

As with pre-iPhone X iPhone models, the on/off button is situated on the top of the iPod, while you’ll find the volume buttons on the left-hand side of the display. There are also front- and rear-facing cameras – more on those later.



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The bottom edge of the táo bị cắn iPod cảm ứng (7th generation) houses a built-in speaker, Lightning port, and, puzzlingly, a 3.5mm headphone jack. Táo bị cắn stopped including headphone jacks on its smartphones a long time ago in favor of its own multi-purpose Lightning port, with the last jack-friendly models, the iPhone 6S & iPhone SE, being discontinued in 2018.

We’ve speculated as to lớn why táo khuyết would include a headphone jack on the new iPod, with possible explanations ranging from the superior audio chất lượng provided by wired headphones to lớn the theory that táo is trying to lớn appeal khổng lồ children who may find wireless headphones fiddly & annoying to lớn use.

Reunited with the 3.5mm headphone jack, we’re reminded of how convenient it is to lớn use if you have regular wired headphones to lớn hand – which you will do, as the iPod touch comes with a pair of Apple’s infamous EarPods, as well as a Lightning cable for charging.

That said, we realized that we hadn’t really missed the headphone jack as much as we thought we would. After all, wireless headphones are getting better all the time – take a look at our pick of the best wireless headphones if you need a new pair – and there are plenty of Lightning-enabled cans on the market if you still prefer a wired connection.



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At just 88g, the táo khuyết iPod cảm biến 7 feels incredibly light, while its 4-inch display means it’s easy lớn hold it & navigate the touchscreen with one hand, making it accessible for kids as well as adults.

While the display isn’t the most advanced we’ve seen from hãng apple (it’s the same resolution as 2013’s iPhone 5, in fact), we found the 326ppi LED Retina display bright, clear, và attractive.

The 1136 x 640 px display is definitely a step down from the color-accurate OLED display utilized by the iPhone X, but it’s worth remembering that the cheapest new iPod touch mã sản phẩm is only a fifth of the price of Apple’s latest smartphone.

Whether you think that’s a fair trade-off largely depends on how much you care about screen resolution. Steve Jobs originally gave the Retina Display its name due lớn the fact it"s meant khổng lồ be so high-res that it"s actually more than the human eye can cope with. Take from that what you will.



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Apple iPod cảm ứng (7th generation): battery life

Up lớn 40 hours of music playbackUp to lớn 8 hours of video playback

Apple says the battery life of the táo bị cắn dở iPod cảm ứng (7th generation) gives you up to lớn 40 hours of music playback, & is good for up khổng lồ eight hours of đoạn phim playback.

Moderate use over a few days, including music playback và casual gaming, didn’t deplete the battery too drastically, although playing demanding games lượt thích PUBG (Player Unknown Battlegrounds), & streaming clip at full brightness, predictably drained the battery faster than using more basic apps.



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Apple iPod touch (7th generation): sound performance

Hi-Res Audio supportSound unique depends on your headphones

We decided to test the iPod 7’s audio performance using the táo apple EarPods that are included in the box, và we were pleasantly surprised by how well they handled our music.

Streaming via hãng apple Music, we listened lớn Dutch Uncles’ "Oh Yeah". We were impressed by the new iPod touch’s lively and detailed rendering of the track, with tight bass notes & precise percussive hits.

"Cat Rider" by Little rồng had a similarly precise feel, with swirling, smoky synths accentuated by snappy trap beats and subby bass lines. Vocals sounded smooth & clear, from the crystalline high notes right down to lớn the wavering lows.

Having reached its 7th generation, the iPod cảm biến finally supports the Hi-Res Audio codec FLAC, as well as táo bị cắn dở Lossless, giving you more options than ever when it comes lớn accessing audiophile-quality music.

Using a Hi-Res Audio playback ứng dụng for game ios called Vox, we listened khổng lồ Mozart’s "Requiem in D Minor". The strings had a warm và natural quality, while soprano vocal duets soared sweetly above the mix without ever sounding harsh.

There’s hardly any point in listening lớn Hi-Res Audio with Apple’s EarPods, however; they just can’t vì the music justice. So we donned a phối of Master và Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Canceling headphones to listen to Foals’ Spanish Sahara, & we were struck by how accurate the gently strummed guitar & soft vocals sounded.

The headphones you use with the iPod cảm biến will have a huge impact on how good your music sounds. Kiểm tra out our pick of the best over-ear headphones as these will always outperform the cheap in-ears you bought from the gas station.

That’s not khổng lồ say the EarPods sound terrible; for casual listening they’re convenient, easy to use, và won’t break the ngân hàng if you need to replace them in the future. They’re popular for a reason.

We also tested out the inbuilt speaker at the bottom of the iPod touch, và it packs quite a punch despite its size. It won’t do for listening khổng lồ your Hi-Res music, but if just want a little background music for your gaming sessions and can’t be bothered to lớn dig your headphones out, it works just fine.


AR long on the iPod cảm biến (7th generation) (Image credit: PlaySide / aryannations88.com)

Apple iPod touch (7th generation): gaming

A10 Fusion chip is good news for gaming & ARQuick & fun to play with

With Apple’s A10 Fusion chip built-in, the iPod cảm biến 7 is optimized for gaming, including what táo bị cắn calls, "immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences".

When this iPod cảm ứng was first released, it come just in time for the launch of the company"s new gaming service, apple Arcade. Lớn find out more about it, take a look at our selection of the best hãng apple Arcade games.

To put the iPod Touch’s AR capabilities lớn the test, we downloaded AR rồng from the ứng dụng Store. The game prompts you to hatch an egg, from which emerges a cute baby dragon that can interact with the real world through the magic of AR.

As you look ‘through’ your screen via the Camera app, you can see your long interacting with the objects in your surroundings. We found the game loaded quickly; something that will appeal to impatient younger users who want lớn see their long in action as fast as possible.

We also tested the táo apple iPod touch (7th generation) on something more simple: Whale Trail from ustwo Games is a colorful endless flyer, & it looked fantastic on the iPod touch’s backlit LED display, and we didn’t experience any latency issues.

However, to really put the iPod cảm ứng through its paces we had lớn give it something a little more complex to lớn process.

Enter PUBG. A faithful port of the PC battle royale phenomenon, the sản phẩm điện thoại version of PUBG is known for demanding a lot from the devices it’s played on in terms of processor speeds, GPU (graphics processing unit) performance, and RAM capacity.

According to lớn Ars Technica (opens in new tab), the A10 Fusion chip’s built-in GPU delivers “about 56% the performance of the A12”, the chip that’s used in the latest iPhones, but we didn’t experience any latency issues while playing this rather complex game, & we found the graphics ran smoothly, with the iPod touch’s bright & sharp display handling the realistic military-style graphics of PUBG just as well as the colorful, cartoonish graphics of Whale Trail.

Plus, with double the RAM of its predecessor (2GB to be exact), the 7th-gen iPod cảm biến has a lot more memory lớn run the increasingly complex titles available to smartphone gamers.


PUBG on the iPod touch 2019 (Image credit: Tencent điện thoại International Limited)

Apple iPod cảm biến (7th generation): camera

1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front8MP camera that supports on the backOverall quite disappointing photos

One of the applications that comes built-in on the táo apple iPod touch (7th generation) is the Camera app. The camera hardware itself is exactly the same as its predecessor’s: on the front of the iPod cảm ứng is a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, while the rear sports a more advanced 8MP camera that supports autofocus, tự động hóa image stabilization and a f/2.4 aperture.

Modern luxuries like 4K đoạn clip recording and Portrait Mode are nowhere to lớn be found on the iPod touch, which does feel like a step backwards.

In fact, we found that compared to lớn an old iPhone SE, the camera was disappointing. Photos just aren’t as sharp or detailed, và the hardware hasn’t improved over the previous iPod touch either.

Is the iPod cảm biến 7 okay to use for FaceTime or taking basic snaps? Sure. Will you win any photography competitions using it? Probably not.


An example of photography on the iPhone SE (left) and the táo bị cắn dở iPod cảm biến 7 (right) (Image credit: aryannations88.com)

Conclusion

Overall, we were impressed by the táo khuyết iPod cảm biến (7th generation) when it was first released và even a few years later, it"s a solid choice if you want a way to listen to music, play games & use apps without the calling và mobile data capabilities of a phone.

In terms of design, we lượt thích the fact that táo bị cắn stuck lớn the 4-inch display of old, while the inclusion of the 3.5mm jack will be a welcome addition for anyone who still loathes Apple’s Lightning port. Older isn’t always better though, as proven by the dated camera & the lack of cảm ứng or Face ID.

Playing music on the iPod touch (7th generation) is seamless, và it generally sounds great, with the new tư vấn for FLAC likely to appeal khổng lồ audiophiles.

Unlike with its predecessors, however, táo apple has emphasized the gaming capabilities of the newer iPod touch over its music playback capabilities – và it handles games superbly. Whether we were playing simple side-scrollers or complex battle royale games, we didn’t experience any latency issues, and the A10 Fusion chip means AR titles work equally well.If you lượt thích Apple Arcade, this is a great way to lớn make the most of it – & not lớn mention the cheapest.

Which brings us to lớn the question of who’s going to buy the 7th-gen iPod touch. Who, after all, would want what is essentially an iPhone that can’t make calls? Well, without the capacity for điện thoại data, parents don’t have khổng lồ worry about kids downloading games over a mobile network và gobbling up expensive data plans with a few swipes, and limiting Wi-Fi access is much easier.

Plus, for parents concerned about exposing their kids to the potential hazards of the online world, the iPod cảm ứng could represent an attractive middle ground between regular ‘dumb’ phones and a fully connected iPhone.

With access to lớn social truyền thông apps và messaging services lượt thích Apple’s iMessage & WhatsApp, you won’t exactly be cut off from the world if you use the new iPod cảm ứng as your primary device. Of course, you won’t be contactable away from a Wi-Fi network, but in today’s constantly connected age many are likely khổng lồ feel that’s no bad thing.

If you"re convinced the apple iPod touch (7th generation) is for you, then check stock levels first. Now that all of Apple"s iPods are officially discontinued, you might not necessarily get the màu sắc or form size you want.

Also consider...

If our apple iPod touch (7th generation) đánh giá has you considering other options, here are three more MP3 players to lớn look at.


Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000TThe Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000T has lavish specs và sounds fantastic. Two amplifier stages offer seven distinct options, while no fewer than four DACs are deployed to handle two channels of audio information. As you"d expect, it"s incredibly expensive but if money is no object và you just want the best of the best sound from a portable music player, then look no further.

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SanDisk đoạn clip Sport PlusIf you"re looking for a way to listen to lớn music on-the-go or an alternative option for kids, this cheap player from SanDisk is well worth considering. During testing, we found the battery life is impressive at đôi mươi hours. The interface is dated, not as powerful as your điện thoại and it’s not touch-sensitive. But it’s easy lớn navigate and as long as you don’t expect full audiophile-level quality, you"ll find the sound very capable.Read our full SanDisk video clip Sport Plus review (opens in new tab)