The appearance of the iPod Touch 6 device in 2015 was a surprise for connoisseurs of products Apple, since the line has not been updated for a long time.
The first gadget of the iPod family was released in 2001, and many users discovered the products Apple thanks to this device. Later, the iTunes Store music service came along, which greatly influenced the recording industry and made digitized songs publicly available. The first one iPod Touch appeared on the market in 2007 along with iPhone.
The specifications have changed a lot since iPod Touch 1 and look like this:
- 2-core SoC Apple A8 processor with an operating frequency of 1.1 GHz and 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture;
- motion coprocessor Apple M8 with accelerometer, gyroscope and compass;
- graphic unit PowerVR GX6650;
- 1 GB of RAM;
- 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB of permanent memory;
- lack of support for microSD drives;
- software environment iOS 8.4;
- 4 “IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1136×640 resolution, 326 PPI pixel density and multi-touch function;
- rear camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels and aperture of f / 2.4, shooting video in the format Full HD at 30 FPS or HD at 120 FPS;
- front camera with a resolution of 1.2 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2, shooting video in HD format;
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac module operating at 2.4 and 5 GHz;
- module Bluetooth 4.1;
- 3.5 mm headphone port;
- lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 1043 mAh;
- dimensions of the device are 123x59x6.1 mm, weight – 88 g.
The technical features of the device resemble the iPhone 6 and iPod Touch of the previous generation. The iPod borrowed the processor, RAM, camera and Wi-Fi module from the smartphone. Screen and battery were taken from device iPod Touch 5. At the same time, the dimensions and weight remained unchanged.
For Apple iPod Touch 6, a review was created to evaluate the technical capabilities of this device and compare it with previous models. The box in which the gadget is delivered is not much different from the fifth model. It offers 2 levels of protection as the device is housed in a transparent plastic case that has a stronger layer on top.
In addition to the iPod, the package includes a user manual, stickers and EarPod headphones. For the latter, a separate box is provided. They sound good, but not durable. The same headphones are included in the package iPhone 6.
The device iPod Touch looks tiny when compared to iPhone. This is a slim gadget with a 4 ”display. The dimensions of the device have not changed compared to the 2012 model. It has a metal body with the same thickness and display.
Small frames can be seen to the right and left of the screen. There is no fingerprint sensor. There were additional color options, but the gadget lost the wrist loop mount, which made it possible to carry the iPod as a camera.
Available in the following body colors: blue, pink, gold, dark gray and silver. The blue color with a silvery sheen turned out to be darker and deeper than that of the previous model (on the device iPod Touch 5 it could be called blue). This design option looks stylish and youthful.
Due to the lack of a hinge mount, the gadget is inconvenient to use for taking photos and videos. The strap allowed you to carry the iPod on your hand, eliminating the need to take the device out of your pocket all the time. The sixth model does not hold a record for thinnest body, as more elegant smartphones are already available on the market.
The device uses a screen with a resolution of 1136×640, which is also set to iPod Touch 5, iPhone 5 and 5s. The display surface is a glass plate with a smooth surface to prevent scratches. The screen has better anti-reflective properties compared to Google Nexus 7.
The iPod display uses an IPS-class matrix. The device provides a good viewing angle without color distortion. The colors are moderately saturated. The maximum screen brightness is high, which allows you to use the gadget outdoors on a sunny day.
There is no air gap between the screen and flicker layers. Oleophobic coating can be considered successful. Black is stable when viewed from an angle. The color gamut corresponds to the sRGB standard.
The contrast in the center of the iPod is normal at 845: 1. In total darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable level. Automatic adjustment by light sensor is not provided. There is no backlight modulation and no screen flicker. After a while, fingerprints appear on the display, but they can be easily removed.
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The iPod is using the preinstalled software environment iOS 8.4. The system can be upgraded to iOS 9. After the upgrade, the interface should work smoothly, since the hardware is the same as the smartphone iPhone 6.
The operating system iOS 8 is visually almost unchanged compared to its predecessor, since the innovations have affected its functionality. Third-party software developers have received additional features. Now they will be able to create applications with advanced functionality.
System iOS 8 supports iCloud Drive cloud storage. The Safari browser provides the user with the ability to view thumbnails of open tabs. The sidebar is now familiar to Mac users.
Photo libraries can now be stored in iCloud Photo Library. Pictures are automatically synced to all devices. Images are saved at maximum resolution. If 5 GB isn't enough, you can buy an additional 20 GB for $ 1, but you'll have to pay every month. The photo app has improved search and editing functions.
The amount of permanent memory can be 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB. When choosing a modification, the buyer should take into account that it is impossible to expand file storage using a microSD card, and cloud storage provides only 5 GB for free.
The capacity of the battery iPod Touch 6 is almost 2 times less than that of iPhone 6. It should be borne in mind that the iPod does not consume battery power for mobile communications. However, tests showed that the battery drains 2 times faster than on a smartphone. Charge is consumed slowly only when watching movies. If you watch a video, the battery will last more than 7 hours.
If we take into account the scope of the device iPod Touch, then it is wrong to compare it with a smartphone. The owner iPhone will charge his gadget much more often. This is due to the limited functionality of the iPod, due to which the owner of the device uses it less often. To quickly discharge this gadget, you need to intensively use it as a camera, uploading pictures to Instagram.
Battery capacity iPod Touch 6 is 1043 mAh, iPhone 6 – 1810 mAh. During testing, the screen brightness was set to 100 cd / m².
The device iPod Touch is a multimedia player and listening to music is a top priority. Not everyone succeeds in assessing the sound quality, because users most often listen to music on the street using the headphones from the kit or cheap analogs. The device is often used for storing and playing compressed files, despite its support for the ALAC format, which does not suffer from loss of quality.
The products Apple have always had good sound quality and the next model is no exception. For comfortable listening, the volume should be above average. Instead of a standard headset, we used expensive Sony MBR-XB950AP headphones for testing. Test compositions were not only dance tracks, but also songs in the rock genre.
For a popular device that is not a narrow profile music player, iPod Touch 6 sounds good. The quality of the headphones used and the music material will play a key role. If the user believes that the device produces bad sound, then the reason should not be looked for in the hardware. This gadget is well suited for music lovers who are often on the go and do not have the opportunity to listen to music at home on powerful acoustics.
Let's consider what is the difference and whether iPod Touch 5 differs from the sixth generation model. Instead of the outdated A5 processor, the device received a 64-bit A8 chip and an M8 motion coprocessor. The improvement also touched the rear camera, which received a resolution of 8 megapixels. The front lens remains the same – 1.2 megapixels.
The display still has a 4 ”IPS matrix with a resolution of 1136×640 and a pixel density of 326 PPI. The wireless modules are installed more advanced – Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
In terms of design, the sixth iPod is similar to its predecessor. The main difference is the lack of a strap attachment and additional color options. Now the body of the device can be gray, gold and silver. These shades were borrowed from other devices Apple. The operating system iOS has been updated to version 8.4. Added support for the Apple Music service and the Beats 1 online radio.
The cheapest modification of the device iPod Touch 6, which went on sale 3 years after its predecessor, costs about 15 thousand rubles. The version with a 128 GB drive will cost almost 30 thousand rubles.