Today in Apple history: Apple debuts its thinnest-ever iPod touch

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Apple's most recent iPod debuted one year ago today.
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July 15 July 15, 2015: Apple introduces the sixth version of its iPod touch, attempting to prove that there’s still a place for the humble music player in this crazy, crazy world of iPhones and Apple Watches.

The original iPod touch was introduced hot on the heels of the iPhone, back in September 2007. Often regarded as a stripped-down iPhone (Steve Jobs once called it “training wheels for the iPhone“), the iPod touch has nonetheless established its own fan base and identity since then — despite not receiving close to the amount of attention Apple’s other product lines have.

Last year’s sixth-generation iPod touch is still Apple’s thinnest ever product. At just 6.1mm thick, it’s almost a millimeter thinner than the iPhone 6 and 6s.

With a 128GB version available, it is also Apple’s most capacious music player since 2007’s 160GB iPod Classic, the last iPod to include the original 30-pin iPod connector and Click Wheel.

The sixth-gen iPod touch boasts an A8 chip and M8 motion co-processor — for better fitness tracking — an upgraded 8MP iSight camera, and an impressive 40 hours of music-listening battery life, according to Apple’s figures.

Today, the common conception is that the iPod is a dying business, but I think the breakthrough device still holds a valuable place in the Apple food chain, as the sixth-gen iPod touch so astutely proved. And, hey, the fact that some reports claim the iPod touch still accounts for around 3.15 percent of all global web traffic (and bear in mind that it is Wi-Fi only) shows that I’m not alone in feeling that way.

Do you think that Apple should still support its iPod business? What was the first iPod you owned? Leave your comments and memories below.