Apple launches new 16GB iPod touch without iSight camera for $229

By , May 30, 2013

16GB ipod touch

This is kind of interesting. Without cryptic event invites or rampant speculation, Apple just introduced a new product. No, it’s not the iWatch or anything like that. It’s just a new version of its fifth generation iPod touch.

As most of you know, Apple  unveiled the 5th-gen touch during its iPhone 5 event last fall. But up until now, it’s only been available in 32GB and 64GB. The new one comes with 16GB of storage, and few other changes…

As noted by The Verge, Apple has started listing 16GB late-gen iPod touch in its US web store tonight. It’s virtually identical to the other models with a 4-inch Retina display, dual-core A5 processor, and front-facing camera.

But it is missing some things. Most notably, there’s no rear-facing iSight camera. And it also appears to be missing the lanyard hook. Unfortunately, the lack of components doesn’t make it any thinner, as it’s still 6.1mm thick.

It does make it cheaper though. At $229, the 16GB iPod touch is about $70 less than its 32GB sibling. I’m not sure if that’s really worth losing the camera over, but if you’re interested, the 16GB is in stock and shipping immediately.

Will you be picking one up?

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  • Jay Won

    No, because I have an iPhone

    • Guest

      It is not worthy at all!

    • http://twitter.com/erny_c Erny Carrillo

      U notice Camera app for selfies… Wat a shame!!

  • Preet Patel

    What the hell where is the back cam

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      That’s the whole point of it. It’s supposed to be cheaper because it doesn’t have it.

      • felixtaf

        But half the memory, No camera and no loop, slashed jus 70$

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

        I didn’t even see that part, and forgot the touches are 32GB minimum until now. That’s. Rediculous. I have 10GB in music and podcasts on my iPhone.. I can’t imagine being stuck with that thing, but it’s a decently priced budget iPod Touch.

      • diablo135

        can you still facetime on this? Can you take regular pics?

    • weztimonial

      I rather remove the front one.

      • http://twitter.com/DalmaSEAN Sean Cua

        But facetime will have no purpose. at least when you remove the back camera you’ll still have purpose for the camera app. SELFIES! HAHA!

  • batongxue

    Oh my gosh! It is 2 grams lighter! LOL
    Also gone is the loop button on the back for taking pictures.

    • Guest

      Why can’t I stop lolin’ at that first paragraph…

  • weztimonial

    Why oh why

  • T.LIN

    299 and you get a double storage and a iSight camera and the loop, why would anyone spend 229 for the 16gb ones….?????

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      From the looks of your comment, I think their marketing tactic is working pretty well…they replaced the 16GB 4th gen iPod touch (that was selling for the same price) with this one; now more people will just add $70 and go for the original 5th gen iPod touch for all the reasons you mentioned.

      • http://twitter.com/oo7plasma Brandon Weidema

        the ipod touch 4th gen was terrible for iOS6 anyways, it was way too slow and the camera it did have sucked.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Just like the 3GS currently is? The 3GS has pretty much the same internal specs as the iTouch 4 and runs iOS 6 pretty fine when you free it and remove the nonsense launchdaemons…thoughit definitely tends to lag when playing memory hugging game on it…

    • Hyr3m

      You should look at Dan Ariely’s conferences about predictable irrationality.

    • Ian

      Perhaps because they don’t need all the features.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kd1024 Kartik Dhawan

    Oh God, Why?
    Now I don’t understand why the hell iPod Nano exists.

    • milksop held

      More money for Apple

      • http://www.facebook.com/kd1024 Kartik Dhawan

        XD True

  • milksop held

    Love how apple boasts about the a5 chip…

    • Ian

      Why didn’t they put A6/ A6X in the 5th gen iPods? It doesn’t make sense.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Perhaps to give iPhone 5 users the upper hand when iPod Touch 5 users say something to them along the lines of “I’ve got everything you’ve got, besides the phone functions, at a fraction of the price”? iPhone 5 users can then reply along the lines of “nope, mine is twice as fast”…

        Sounds like a childish conversation, but Apple does tend to treat their users like dumb kids; that’s the basis of pretty much all their lawsuits….

      • Andy

        To be honest, in real life usage, most people probably won’t notice the difference. Apps may load slightly faster on A6 but the core user experience is pretty much the same since developers have to optimize their apps for a variety of iOS devices.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        True, but that’s if you’re using an iDevice running the official iOS…

      • Gorgonphone

        the difference is very obvious with gaming and internet usage..

      • mav3rick

        Cook: “We are getting paid by the users to make their decisions…”

      • Gorgonphone

        to save money and be greedy

  • Ricky

    No way man. Just a few dollars i could get the one with more GB camera and flash. Whats the camera icon doing there?

    • http://twitter.com/VuilzakFrak Bram

      Front facing cam

      • Gorgonphone

        loloololololo

    • http://twitter.com/erny_c Erny Carrillo

      For Idiots that love taking selfies n posting on instagram or fb.

      • Guest

        You know pretty much all females do that….right?

      • Guest

        That’s why the Internet is polluted with tons of bit(h pics…

  • M Nirmal Anandh

    I don’t like apple…..

    • J™

      Apple don’t like u too… Apple only like your money.

      • Gorgonphone

        welcome to capitalism

      • Gorgonphone

        apple has no real competition so they are doing tons of dumb stuff

      • @sexyhamthing

        They have competition, problem is apple’s media status

  • J™

    Like it or not i think its still gonna sell like hotcakes…

    • Gorgonphone

      thats the sad part

  • Shiios Avila

    This could mean those rumors about budget iphones are not far off.
    On Another note, where the heck is Auxo for Ipad?!? Its more than a month now, nearing two actually.

  • http://twitter.com/oo7plasma Brandon Weidema

    lol, case makers cant be happy about this xD

    • Gorgonphone

      wont matter all cases willl still fit..

      • http://twitter.com/oo7plasma Brandon Weidema

        except there will be 2 huge holes in 2 corners which will look weird

  • Howard

    It’s better than the old 16GB 4th gen they were selling before!

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Nope, the old one had front and rear facing cameras…

      • Howard

        And a useless processor, not enough ram, and a shocking screen. Plus the rear camera was pretty awful! I’d rather buy this than that one! Although I doubt it would’ve been hard for able to squeeze a camera in the back of this one and keep the price down…

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        I guess so, though, it was manageable old tech to a lot more people (including a friend of mine). Personally, wouldn’t have bought neither them; they’re just a subpart of my SmartPhone. It’s Apple’s way to squeeze $70 more cash out of customers…most people would just go with the original 5th gen now that this has replaced the 4th gen.

      • phatmanjr.

        For me, the amount of ram in the iPod touch 4 was unbelievable, it crashed a lot especially when jailbroken, now that the new iPod touch 5 has 512mb of ram rather than 256mb of ram, it’s a lot cleaner experience.

      • Gorgonphone

        true but still not god enough…

      • Gorgonphone

        the price sis just to high for what you get and dont get..

      • @sexyhamthing

        Shocking screen? It had the same DPI as the new one.
        And apple could have shoved a camera in the back… but they dont want to eat int their own colossal profit margin

      • Howard

        It’s got the same amount of pixels, but the colour quality is much worse…

    • Gorgonphone

      no

  • Filipe Martins

    This is actually a brilliant move. Looking at the 16GB and 32GB, most people will prefer saving an extra 70$ just to have the rear camera [morr 32GB version sold], while others that really can’t afford it, will just go for the 16GB.

    • Gorgonphone

      no

  • Preet Patel

    1st gen

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    The Subliminal Message from Apple is iOS 7 will not run on 4th gen iPod Touch.

    • Nirvana

      really! do you have a link of it ?

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        They just discontinued the iPod Touch 4G.

      • Gorgonphone

        bout time they did

      • Nirvana

        yeah! It’s so sluggish in performance!

    • Gorgonphone

      that thing is old and slow as hell and can barely run IOS6 or 5..lol im ready to trash mine..

      • Arjan Vlek

        Why??? Keep it and use it as a remote / music player. Or start writing apps for it. Enjoy one of the very few LIMERA1n compatible I devices!!!!

      • Gorgonphone

        i tried that and its too slow and laggy oh and the sound quality is not as good as my iphone5 so that also suuuucks

  • jo

    Ahh crap I bought the 8 gigabyte one for the same price!!

    • phatmanjr.

      return it if you can.

      • jo

        ok thanks, but i bought it before 2013 so i guess they will say no. Thats too bad.

      • phatmanjr.

        You could always resell it on eBay.

  • Nirvana

    that reminds me of the 1st gen ipod touch! worth a try ’cause i’m not a fan of photo taking thing! i’ll give it a shot

  • Liam Mulcahy

    wtf

  • http://twitter.com/OliverJHyde Oliver Hyde

    This new iPod 16GB also has a microphone on top on the device next to the power button according to the gallery picture instead of being between the camera and LED flash like on the iPod touch with iSight camera and loop

    • Gorgonphone

      soo??

  • http://twitter.com/JoeTo_97 Joel Torres ツ

    I got happy when I saw they made a 16GB version, but it surprised me that they removed the back camera. I wanted the iPod touch because of the back facing camera, being much better than the 4th generation. But removing it? Its not worth it.

    • Gorgonphone

      yup

  • Dan

    Well, this seems to indicate that the rumors about Apple making cheaper versions of their products have some truth to it.

    • Gorgonphone

      all then had to do was go from 32 gig to 16 gig and it would be a home run.. but nope they went for the extra greedy option..

      • Dan

        well that’s Apple for you. I always thought it was ridiculous that they charged 100$ when moving from 16 to 32 and 32 to 64

  • Matthew

    Apple we were looking for a budget iPhone not a budget iPod.

    • Gorgonphone

      apple: “huh what? we dont care what you want..take this crap”

  • inf3rn0

    So, it’s a downgrade?

    • Gorgonphone

      yes

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      Not really actually. Has more RAM (I’m sure does… 256MB would make this thing trash.) and an A5…. Just because it doesn’t have that god awful camera doesn’t mean it’s a downgrade. It’s replacing the iPod Touch 4, not the 5th.

      • Gorgonphone

        sad that we are comparing a new 2013 device to a 2 year old one..lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

        Well they want that “low level” iPod touch. That’s exactly what the 4th gen became and really isn’t a bad business decision.

  • Jedediah Kramer

    I am actually glad to see this product as I was thinking of getting my 6 year old stepson a touch to play games with, and he wouldn’t need a camera. My wife was trying to suggest we get a Nintendo 3DS, but I pointed out how he always uses our phones when we go somewhere to play games on them and is use to the ecosystem of Apple products.

    • Gorgonphone

      true but the damn price is way to high

  • shadyside4fyr

    Why can’t they loose the camera from the 32gb model and price it at $229 ?

    • Andy

      Because they want you to pay more to get the 32gb model instead of this one. It’s a simple marketing tactic. Really, this is just meant to replace the iPod touch 4 which was getting old.

      • Gorgonphone

        no cause the ipd touch for has more features than this crappy model.. who the hell removes a camera in 2013???

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Crapple….

  • pauleebe

    Cool that they have brought all iPod Touch models into the same line, but it’s not going to kill their margins to keep the sensor and lanyard hook in it, is it?

    • Gorgonphone

      greed

  • genXhippie

    “….the 16GB model does not come with rear facing iSight camera.”

    At this price point, for this version, it seem to a real rip off imo.

    “When Apple launched the 5th generation iPod touch last September, it was available in 32GB and 64GB models for $299 and $399…”

    It seems to me, that the 16GB should priced even lower than $199,
    just because it does NOT include the camera. The price should be around $150, because it comes with 50% less storage than the $299 32GB minus the camera. Instead, Apple is charging more for this product, which offers less features than the other two option. Apple has chosen not follow the existing pricing scheme for this
    particular product line. That being, “5th generation iPod touch last
    September, it was available in 32GB and 64GB models for $299 and $399…” With only a 50% drop in storage an, Apple offers a reduction in price of a hundred dollars. Now, the 16GB model only comes with a $70price reduction, plus NO camera. A clear price grouching from the consumers’ stand point imo. Shame on Apple. :(. ?

    • Gorgonphone

      exactly.. corporate greed and its finest

  • Apanizo2

    So it’s like a budget iPod. Like the rumored budget iphone.

    • Gorgonphone

      its more like a bullllshit ipod..

  • Stijn

    About the loop i dont care

  • Ian

    They better not take the camera on the budget iPhone.
    Also, couldn’t Apple at least put a little camera in the front? People carry their iPod everywhere (at least I do..) and if there’s a picture they want to take, they really can’t, unless they turn the iPod around, but it’d be hard for you not to be in the picture.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      “Also, couldn’t Apple at least put a little camera in the front?”

      Uhm, I think you’re referring to the rear/back when you type front…

      • Ian

        oops, thanks.

    • Gorgonphone

      they will put the cam from the 3GS on it hahahahaahah

  • felixtaf

    Half the memory, No camera and no loop, slashed jus 70$. Where as 16 – 32gb (iPhone) price increases by 100$…

    • Gorgonphone

      soon the rice of the 32gb full featured one will drop anyway so whats the point..? why is apple trying to flood the market with BS?

    • Gorgonphone

      memory is the same though

  • Jaye

    This is what I predict the budget iPhone will be like. Missing key elements.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Yet still expensive…

      • genXhippie

        Don’t you actually mean, “more” expensive.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Nope, what I’m implying is that the budget iPhone (say $579) will be missing key elements of a smartphone and yet will just save you maybe $70 compared to the base model of the non-budget iPhone ($649). $579 is still a hefty price tag…

      • Gorgonphone

        god that will be bad

      • Gorgonphone

        yup it sis and its lame

    • genXhippie

      Unfortunately, that would not surprise me from Apple.

  • Gorgonphone

    WTF is apple thinking….????? stop being greedy and stupid an jus6t lower the damn prices please… silly greedy corporations always do dumb shyt like this instead of just give the consumer a cheaper price…

    The camera is a big part of the package and 16 is too damn small… yup apple has some bad decision makers in high positions now.

  • shadyside4fyr

    Like Tim cook said in D11 they make choices for you so apparently this is what you want. LMAO! Apple hasn’t started bleeding market share yet…

    • Gorgonphone

      apple never gives us what we want..

  • Frostybrutality

    By the way according to information from apple, this ipod will replace the 4th generation ipod touch. Maybe you should post that into the article.

    • Gorgonphone

      umm oh great

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    What is the point of this version? I just dont’ get it.

    • Gorgonphone

      $$$$$$$$

  • laszlo gaspar

    This is the stupidest thing apple have done since the Newton

  • @sexyhamthing

    wheres the camera? think ill stick to the 4g, i have it with me everyday, music, really practical to snap a picture if i have to.

    • Gorgonphone

      4g was great 2 years ago but ow its old and slow as hell….

  • bigzjoseph

    that is so apple

  • Dante Arellano

    Fuckk cook again for real?!?!

    • Gorgonphone

      i told you guys this guy wasnt right for the top spot but the board likes him cause he is all about money…

  • http://hbang.ws/ Adam D

    iPod touch second/third gen saga all over again. People want the lowest capacity, but don’t even know that a few features have been taken out until they learn that they even existed. Happened to me. (I guess teenage girls will be happy that they can still take “selfies” though.)

  • diablo135

    can you still facetime?