The iPod touch Going After the Portable Gaming Market?

GENEUCLA on November 25, 2008

The Apple iPod family has always been known as a music and, more recently a video player.  However, in their latest commercials, Apple has gone out of their way to market the iPod touch as a gaming device.  In an article written by Tom Krazit on cnet.com, he states that:

"Apple appears to have upped the processing speed of the iPod Touch in order to help it go after the portable-game market.

Touch Arcade reports that the applications processor inside the second-generation iPod Touch unveiled in September is actually running faster than the processor inside the iPhone 3G, which runs at the same speed that the original iPhone and iPod Touch used. The new iPod Touch's ARM-based processor is running at 532MHz, while the iPhone 3G's processor runs at 412MHz...read the entire article here."  

What does this mean for parents?  Kids are going to want these devices, mainly for the versatility that they provide (music, video, games, browsing).  And let's be honest, Apple does a great job of inspiring an "I'm cool" attitude.  If I were a kid and saw somebody using an iPod touch, I would want one!  With the ease of browsing that these devices provides, I can only imagine that more kids will have these devices in their hands.  What do you think?