Apple finally gave the iPod touch an update in 2019. They didn't change a lot, but they did update the processor, added compatibility for the latest iOS and additional storage options. But if you're on the fence about whether or not to buy one for yourself or a child, we have a better option for you. Just get an iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 is still an excellent music player and is overall a more useful device than the 2019 iPod touch – not to mention cheaper and faster. Outside of a few rare cases (a limited device for very young kids, an entertainment system controller, etc.), you're better off just getting the iPhone 7.
Continue reading to learn 5 Ways the iPhone 7 Is a Better Buy Than the New iPod touch.
The iPhone Can Do Much More
iOS is shared between the iPhone and the iPod, so they look very similar. However, the iPhone can connect to cellular networks, which is a much more significant difference than it may first appear. The cellular connection allows you or
The iPhone Is More Powerful
The 2019 iPod touch has been upgraded to an A10 Fusion processor. This is a big jump forward from older touches, and no doubt helps improve speed and performance for the iPod. The iPhone 7 also uses an A10 Fusion chip. Interestingly, the older iPhone 7 does significantly better in performance benchmarks than the iPod touch.
That means an older, more complicated device is better optimized for the A10 than the brand new iPod that was just released. We're not sure how this can happen (it certainly doesn't speak well of the touch's design), but the iPhone 7 simply has better performance than the 2019 touch. Odd, but it makes choosing between them even easier.
There's Not a Big Price Difference
You can get a 128GB iPhone 7 right now for $250. An iPod touch – which, again, includes fewer features than the iPhone 7 – with a 128GB capacity will cost you $280 to $300. That's right, you're paying more for a device that offers less if you choose the 2019 touch. Well, you do get a slimmer device, but is that really worth paying an extra $30 to $50? It shouldn't be.
The iPhone Has Better Security
The iPhone 7 comes with Touch ID, so there's built-in biometric technology that allows only you (and other select users) to access it. The iPod touch, despite coming out in 2019, does not have Touch or Face ID. We're not sure why such a handy biometric feature, present on all other Apple mobile devices, didn't make it to the iPod touch, but it's a major blow for security.
Why Buy Two Devices, When You Could Just Get One?
On a usability level, choosing an iPhone 7 is smart because you or your child can use it seamlessly for taking calls, messaging, watching YouTube on the fly, and playing music. Think: if your child is young, one day they're going to want (and need) a cellphone. Why not skip the iPod and get the iPhone right now? It'll save you a headache later.