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While the i Pod touch won't accept a SIM card, it can still join a Wi-Fi network which gives it much of the functionality of the i Phone, including Wi-Fi calling using Face Time (and now Group Facetime).It seems like a long shot, but could an updated i Pod touch be the low-cost i Phone we are all waiting for?As always, some features of i OS 10 are limited to specific hardware so not all devices get all the features.Raise To Wake requires i Phone 6s or i Phone 7, for example.Apple doesn't release updates to the operating system that powers the i Pod as often as it does for the i Phone.That makes sense; fewer i Pods are sold these days and new models come out less frequently, so there are fewer changes to make.Continuing the theme of updating products that it had neglected for years (like the Mac Book Air and Mac mini) Apple has updated the i Pod Touch for the first time since 2015.The new i Pod touch - the seventh generation i Pod Touch in fact - gains the A10 Fusion chip shared by the i Phone 7, bringing augmented reality gaming and Group Face Time to the i Pod for the first time. Apple hadn't updated the i Pod touch since July 2015 - that's when the sixth-generation model came out.

This barely scratches the surface: read our full walkthrough of everything new in i OS 10.

i OS 10 has a lot of new stuff: read all about it in our feature walkthrough.

Messages has rich support for stickers and 3x bigger emoji as well as animated screen and bubble effects.

If you were hoping it would take on the home-button-lacking design of the 2018 i Phones you'll be disappointed.

The 7th (like the 6th-generation model) measures 58.6mm by 123.4mm, similar to the now discontinued i Phone 6, 6s and i Phone SE.

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