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Apple Planning to Introduce White iPod Touch Later This Year?

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past provided some accurate claims primarily regarding Apple's notebook lines, now reports to AppleInsider that Apple may be planning to introduce a white iPod touch later this year. The forthcoming fifth-generation iPod touch is said to otherwise be nearly identical to the current version.
Looking into the current third calendar quarter, Kuo said checks indicate Apple has placed orders for white iPod touch models that are expected to go into mass production sometime in late August, but he added that the build plans for those models reflect few, if any, distinguishable changes from the existing black models introduced last fall.

"It means no spec update of iPod touch this year," he said.
Last month, references to a new iOS-based iPod known as "iPod4,2" were discovered in the iOS 5 beta, with Apple's use of that naming convention instead of "iPod5,1" leading to speculation that the next-generation iPod touch will indeed be a minor update.

Lending credence to the claims of a forthcoming white iPod touch is the discovery of a new white front plate for the iPod touch obtained by parts and repair firm iFixyouri and reported to 9 to 5 Mac. The white part appears essentially identical to the black one used in the current iPod touch, and thus it can not be definitively stated whether the part is intended for a forthcoming model or was for a white version of the current generation that was ultimately scrapped before release.

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41 months ago
at a minimum the storage should be upgraded
Rating: 11 Votes
41 months ago
First Apple made nothing but white iPods.
Customers: "But we want more choices!"
Then Apple made black iPods.
Apple "You want black iPods? Okay - But now you get nothing but black iPods"
Customers: "But we want more choices!"
Then they made black and white iPhones.
Apple: "Okay, you have choices now"
Customers: "Yay!"
Then Apple's suppliers screwed up on the white iPhone 4.
Apple: "Eh, it's coming."
Customers: "We're getting tired of waiting!".
Then Apple released the all new WHITE iPHONE 4!
Apple "Check this out, it's sexy."
Customers: "I already have a black iPhone 4 - but I NEED A WHITE ONE!"
Then Apple realized they can release the same product in a different color and make a ton more money on an old idea.

At an Apple board meeting.
"So Steve, you know how we do that thing where we release a new and revolutionary product each year?"
Steve: "Yes?"
"Well all these dummies care about is COLOR! We can release the same iPod Touch from last year - but just make it white and they'll go NUTS!"
Steve: "$$$".

I was bored.
Rating: 9 Votes
41 months ago
The proximity sensor on that front is yucky.
Rating: 8 Votes
41 months ago
I just had an Applegasm.
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago
I don't care what color it is, make it 3G.
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
noooo! i need 128GB iPod Touch!!! Please Apple!
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
I still have my 2G iPod Touch because Apple didn't put in a decent camera in the newer models. Looks like I won't be buying this one either unless it gets a decent camera. Everything my 2G can do it does just fine.
Rating: 5 Votes
41 months ago

What is the with tech press's obsession with white iDevices?

What else do they have to talk about?
Rating: 5 Votes
41 months ago

Steve: "$$$".

So, Steve said "dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign" outloud?
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago
A white ipod touch is NOT an update. Most people put colored protective cases on their touches anyway. If that is all Apple changes, I will be dissapointed.

A BETTER camera is all i want in the next ipod touch update. I would take a thicker ipod touch if need be. Heck the damn thing is almost too thin as is. But the current camera is *****. Sorry. But true. There is no reason NOT to update the camera. The darn thing is less than a friggin mega pixel. You can get a plastic kids camera at Toys R Us with more mega pixels.

It makes good business sense too. The ipod touch can replace a flip camera when travelling. People are shooting more video these days, and not everyone has an iphone or a phone that can shoot and edit video so easily.

Plus more than ever ipod touches, like ipads are becoming great video chat devices. Especially with facetime and the upcoming iOS 5.

It just makes sense. Such a weak low res camera in the ipod touch is kinda insulting to Apple. They are synonomous with quality. A year with such a low res cam is long enough.

A white ipod touch? Great. Whoop dee doo. Fine. But update the darn camera too.

5 mega pixels would be great. Even 2 or 3 would be more than whats in their now by an order of magnitude! That is crazy.

Ok. End. Of. Rant. :-P
Rating: 4 Votes

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