So the last iPod touch is also the only iPod touch that can run iOS 14. The thing has an A10 Fusion chip which is the same as what was in the iPhone 7, released 4 years ago. The previous iPod touch was released 5 years ago, so there’s a 4-year delta between models.
iOS 14 doesn’t support the previous A9 chip. But I would kind of figure that iOS 15 will likely ship before the 4 year difference there, so it’s questionable whether or not Apple will support it with another major software revision upgrade.
Apple in Canada never puts stuff on sale, and there are very few authorized sellers. All of the independent stores have shuttered because of new purchasing requirements by Apple, and even the ones that are left – Best Buy, Staples, The Source (the remnants of the old Radio Shack stores), Walmart, and not much else – don’t see the $100-150+ off savings that you see advertised on American Apple blogs. The new M1’s haven’t even hit the authorized resellers yet. So last year’s iPod touch is still $249CAD for the 32GB model. The iPad mini, even being released earlier than the current iPads, is $600, and contains the same processor (A12 Bionic, which is still not exactly new) from the “regular” iPad, which is $429. I’d maybe consider an iPad mini, but it’s too much money. The larger iPad is too large for what I’m looking for, and I don’t want a phone.
So what are peoples opinion on the iPod touch now? If Apple is “good” I might get another software upgrade for it for the latest iOS version, but I don’t know how the oldest-supported processor right now can last another 3 years of software upgrades (going by the previous lifecycle). The sh*tty thing is that Apple doesn’t reduce the pricing on older products, given that they have continually-reducing support lifecycles.