The iPod touch 6 is the latest version of Apple's venerable iPod. It includes an A8 processor, 1GB of RAM and the M8 motion coprocessor. In short, it's a heck of an upgrade from the older iPod touch 5.\nBut is the iPod touch 6 worth buying? Reviews for the new iPod touch have started to come in and so far the critics mostly like what they see in the iPod touch 6.\nHere's a smattering of what's being said about the iPod touch 6 from some prominent reviewers.\nThe Ars Technica review of the iPod touch 6\nAndrew Cunningham notes for Ars Technica that the iPod touch 6 is perfect for certain kinds of users:\n\nThough the new iPod looks the same, its improvements include more than the new processor: a better 8MP camera, upgraded Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a new 128GB storage tier, and an M8 motion coprocessor are chief among them. The iPod will only matter for a few very specific audiences, but it now serves that niche extraordinarily well.\nThe days of yearly (or even regular) iPod refreshes are long past, and a big hardware update won\u2019t shove this thing out of its niche. But if you\u2019re one of the few people in the market for one, the new iPod Touch is going to serve you much better than the old one.\nThe good\nFast. It includes a fully modern SoC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, both of which keep things moving. Well-built and sturdy feeling. At $200 (compared to $650 or $750 for an entry-model iPhone 6), it represents a good value for what you get. New 128GB storage option means this could replace some old iPod Classics out there. Much-improved camera. Battery life isn't significantly worse than the fifth-generation model despite having a similarly sized battery and much faster components.\nThe bad\nMissing a few iPhone niceties, including but not limited to TouchID, a vibration motor, a GPS, and an auto-brightness sensor. 16GB base model is a bit small. Where\u2019s my battery life percentage indicator? No larger screen options, if that\u2019s something you\u2019re into.\nThe ugly\nIn a world that already has smartphones and tablets, very few people need iPods to be a thing anymore.\nMore at Ars Technica\n\nThe iLounge review of the iPod touch 6\nPhil Dzikiy at iLounge thinks the iPod touch 6 is a solid upgrade but noted the lack of a larger screen and Touch ID:\n\nSpeaking broadly, the sixth-generation iPod touch is a solid \u2014 though not stunning \u2014 iOS device. The speed and camera improvements are leaps and bounds above the previous model, and some users will be excited for those upgrades alone ... especially those who have been waiting for something \u2014 anything \u2014 to change. But there\u2019s no doubt that Apple\u2019s decision to stick with the smaller screen will sting a bit. A 4.7\u201d iPod touch would have been more appealing, and\/or a new iPod touch with Touch ID \u2014 this is the first recent iOS device released without the fingerprint reader.\nPros: A8 processor and 1GB of RAM make for a faster iPod. M8 motion coprocessor allows for fitness and health tracking. Front and back cameras have been improved. The price is still reasonable, and the 128GB model is much-welcomed, particularly by certain iTunes diehards. New colors are sharp-looking. The first iOS device with Bluetooth 4.1. Improved Wi-Fi, as wireless 802.11ac is now supported. Comes preloaded with iOS 8.4 and Apple Music.\nCons: Size remains the same, which feels stagnant \u2014 or feels like a setback to users accustomed to larger smartphones. No Touch ID. Video recording is grainy and noisy compared to iPhone 6 \u2014 the camera lags slightly behind that found in the iPhone 6. Surprisingly, some graphically demanding games may be a bit slow or choppy at times. The 16GB offers too little available space, and is a weak entry model. Still feels like a limited option compared to other iOS devices.\n...the iPod touch is a reliable and fun device that delivers 80 to 90 percent of what Apple\u2019s newest iPhones offer. For many, just the iOS ecosystem and App Store are still worth the price of admission, and here, that price is relatively low. The sixth-generation iPod touch earns our general recommendation.\nMore at iLounge\n\nThe iDownloadBlog review of the iPod touch 6\nJeff Benjamin at iDownloadBlog felt that the iPod touch 6 is a massive upgrade from the previous version and that it's actually more powerful than some of today's smartphones:\n\nIt\u2019s safe to say that the new iPod touch runs circles around the old iPod touch. It\u2019s faster in every way, because it has a current-generation processor, more RAM, and a better camera.\nGames load way faster and feature more consistent frame-rates with the 6th-gen iPod touch. Since the A8 chip is compatible with Metal, developers can enhance their games to feature better graphics.\nIf you\u2019ve never owned an iOS device before, the iPod touch is the perfect entry-level device. Not only is it cheap, but it\u2019s got enough under the hood to last several years.\nThe iPod touch 6th generation is not without its flaws, but at its price-point, it\u2019s good enough. It\u2019s miles ahead of the previous version from a performance perspective, and has enough new features to be deemed a worthy upgrade.\nMore at iDownloadBlog\n\nThe Register's review of the iPod touch 6\nAdam Banks at The Register noted that the folks who claimed that the iPod touch was a dead product have been proven quite wrong:\n\n\nThe iPod is dead. The sales figures say so. The absence of updates to the range says so. The lack of concern about the absence of updates to the range says so. There are neither \u2018Shock \u2013 new iPod!\u2019 stories, nor are there \u201cshock \u2013 no new iPod!\u201d stories. It\u2019s inert. It has ceased to be. The only thing it\u2019s shuffling is off this mortal coil. It is an ex product.\nExcept here it is revitalised, with a three-generation processor jump, to reclaim its perch not as the world\u2019s favourite music player \u2013 those days aren\u2019t coming back, and nor is growth in the download market \u2013 but as the most powerful and flexible pocket computer you can buy.\nIn the opening scene of Gameloft's Modern Combat 5, an exemplar of iOS 8's Metal graphics API, the 5th gen Touch starts well in an underwater cut scene featuring thousands of rising bubbles. Emerge from the water into the first game sequence, however, and sparks flying from a broken lamp are absent, along with dust motes and a subtle plume of smoke. On the 6th gen these are fully rendered, just like on the iPhone 6. Any game with advanced visual effects should benefit.\nLook again at that price tag, and compromising on the non-essentials suddenly feels pretty good. Even a 32GB model, the smallest you should contemplate unless you get a kick out of deleting and re-installing things, is only \u00a3199. For teenagers who don\u2019t want the burden of an iPhone contract, casual gamers who don\u2019t want to pay \u00a330 per 3DS or Vita title, and anyone who just fancies a tiny, brilliant, do-it-all computer, the iPod Touch is back.\nMore at The Register\n\nEverything Apple Pro reviews the iPod touch 6 on YouTube\nAnd Everything Apple Pro felt that the iPod touch 6 offers a lot of value to Apple's customers for its $200 price tag:\n\n\n \n\n\nSo the doomsayers were wrong about the iPod touch\nAs you can tell from the review snippets above, the iPod touch 6 is off to a great start. Most of the critics seem to think it's a great upgrade to the aging iPod touch 5. And I agree with that assessment given the powerful A8 processor, 1GB of RAM and M8 motion coprocessor found in the iPod touch 6. If I didn't have an iPhone 6 Plus, I'd definitely buy an iPod touch 6.\nAll of this makes me smile though when I think about all of the people who were saying that the iPod touch was a dead product, and that Apple would never update it again. I'm sure you've seen some of that negative sentiment in blog posts and comment threads from sites all over the Web.\nWith this upgrade it's very clear that Apple remains deeply committed to the iPod touch and still considers it a worthy and important product. The doomsayers were wrong as usual but I expect they'll start saying the same kinds of things all over again if Apple takes another couple of years to release the iPod touch 7.\nOh well, I guess there's just no pleasing some people.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.