Apple sneaks in cut-price iPod touch

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Apple isn’t big on the idea of having budget versions of its own hardware, so it usually keeps a few older models kicking around for consumers who want a cheaper way to get into the brand. Just like it kept the iPhone 3GS around when it announced the iPhone 4S, it also kept the older, 4th-gen iPod touch in play when it announced the new 5th-gen model in October of last year. The lesser iPod only had 16GB of storage while the shiny new ones came in 32- and 64GB capacities.

Now, the iPhone-maker has kicked the older touch, err, into touch. Gone is the iPod touch with 16GB of storage and 3.5-inch Retina display, and in its place is a new 4-inch Retina-equipped model, with the same 16GB of storage. Presumably to save costs, Apple also dropped the rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and, curiously, the lanyard loop. The new entry-level 16GB touch debuted on Apple’s US store for $229 – or $80 cheaper than its 32GB, camera-equipped brother.

Core Group, Apple’s official distributor in South Africa, currently sells the 32GB iPod touch for R3 399. With a bit of fuzzy maths, it could mean that the 16GB version will have a possible pricetag of around R2 300. But with the exchange rate tanking the way it currently is, we wouldn’t place any bets.


Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.