The iPod Contact 2019 is a $200 gateway to iOS 13 and Apple Arcade



The brand new iPod Contact is a superb gateway into the upcoming iOS 13.

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Apple launched a brand new iPod Contact for 2019 only a few weeks again. It prices $200 and has a small, low-resolution display screen. For those who already personal an iPhone previous the iPhone 5, there is no purpose to even contemplate shopping for the iPod Contact. In all probability the identical deal in the event you personal a current iPad. If, nonetheless, you’ve got by no means owned an iOS machine or have previously and wish again in, at $200 the iPod Contact is now the most cost effective entry level.


In his evaluation of the iPod Contact 2019, my colleague Patrick Holland very clearly lays out why, regardless of its attraction to sure customers, most will need to skip the iPod Contact. And whereas I can completely perceive and agree with lots of his factors, in the end I see it in a different way.

I have been a cussed supporter of iOS, and extra particularly the Apple App Retailer, for practically 11 years, since I purchased the iPhone 3G in 2008. There are two easy causes for that: I just like the interface and its evolution, and the sport and app choice within the App Retailer has by no means disenchanted me.

That is actually it. I’ve an iPhone XS Max and completely don’t have any want for the iPod Contact, however I am excited for these of you who do. And listed below are three causes I believe the iPod Contact is a close to steal at $200.

Apple Arcade

Later this yr Apple will launch Apple Arcade, a subscription-based video games service the place you pay a month-to-month payment to play iOS video games made by a number of the world’s high sport builders. Essentially the most thrilling for me embrace Annapurna Interactive, makers of Donut County, and Mistwalker, headed by Last Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Apple expects to have 100 unique and nonexclusive video games lined up for the service at launch, with extra coming later. You will join the service after which obtain any Apple Arcade sport you would like at no extra value.


Apple Arcade, on Mac, iPad and iPhone.


The very best factor about this service for homeowners of the iPod Contact, which has no mobile connection, solely Wi-Fi, is that each sport might be playable offline. Meaning you possibly can play your video games to your coronary heart’s content material even in the event you’re on the prepare or within the again seat of a carpool automobile.

A subscription will value the identical for people or a household of six and might be suitable throughout iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.

iOS 13

I have not been this enthusiastic about an iOS replace since iOS 7. That is when Apple applied the “flat” look of app icons. With iOS 13 it is darkish mode that has me essentially the most giddy.

Truthfully, what grabbed my consideration was merely the truth that darkish mode might be a purposefully designed function — not simply an inverting of the colours — that simply appears cool in screenshots.


Darkish mode is coming.

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Additionally, iOS 13 may even carry a newly designed digital camera interface and enhancing choices, in addition to Signal In with Apple. Signal In lets customers log in to apps and websites on their iPod Contact utilizing their AppleID as a substitute of their electronic mail handle, which Apple says will forestall them from being tracked on-line and relentlessly focused with adverts.

AR will get extra actual

The iPod Contact will work with AR apps within the App Retailer. That features the iOS app Measure, which helps you to just about measure issues in the actual world by providing you with a very versatile digital ruler. With Pokemon Go or the upcoming and extremely anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, AR is type of changing into a factor. And although I wasn’t enthusiastic about it initially, the extra helpful apps I discover, like Measure, the extra I am changing into a believer.


Sensible AR is one of the best AR.

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To make certain, you may want a extra highly effective machine to benefit from a number of the high-end AR apps, however for easy measuring, and for locating Pokemon, the brand new iPod Contact can deal with it.

Bonus: It has a headphone jack

Yep, you need to use Bluetooth headphones, or plug your wired ‘telephones into that 3.5mm jack on the underside edge, similar to we used to do again within the day.

That both appeals to you or not, so I will say no extra about it.

Do it!

Or do not. I imply, the Contact is not for everybody. However it’s low cost sufficient and presents sufficient present options, in addition to some good strategic future-proofing, to be value your cash in the event you determine to make the leap. 


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