Apple Planning to Launch New $199 16GB iPod Touch With Rear Camera, Multiple Colors

Apple appears to be planning on launching a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. The new iPod touch would be a 16GB version of the current 32/64GB iPod touch, coming in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199. Separately, iGen.fr reports that they have heard that a new iPod touch will indeed be launching on Tuesday of next week. Their source did not directly corroborate the pricing and specs, but did say it was a single model only, and not a revision of the entire iPod touch line.

Apple initially launched the 32/64GB fifth-generation iPod touch in October of 2012 with a $299 price tag, but later added a lower-cost silver-only 16GB iPod touch that stripped key features like a rear camera to lower the cost to $229.

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As time passes and technology advances, component prices often drop, which may be why Apple is planning to bring feature parity to its iPod touch lineup nearly two years after the original launch of the fifth-generation iPod touch.

Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch has been lauded for its ultrathin design and its bright colors, but spec wise, the product is inferior to the current iPhone 5s, with only an A5 chip and a 5-megapixel iSight camera, which may be another reason Apple is launching a lower-cost version of the device.

It is unclear what will happen to the existing 16GB iPod touch, but Apple could choose to lower the price of that device even further or discontinue it in favor of the new version with a rear camera.

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Top Rated Comments

CrazyForApple Avatar
126 months ago
I really hope the iPod won't die off
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
873089 Avatar
126 months ago
they won't kill it

it's the device for many people to get in contact with ios

later they will buy an iPhone, so it's kinda the mac mini of ios world.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LucasLand Avatar
126 months ago
I love my iPod touch

I wonder how many of you are actual iPod touch users?

I've been carrying one around with me everyday for the past 3 years, and I love it. Why?

No monthly fee! I'm not into making phone calls, especially since i can text or email me people. Its much cheaper for me to have a prepaid flip phone nearby

Facetime audio:
if you and more of your friends embraced FaceTime audio, then your iPod touch can make calls.

public wifi is becoming more common each day. if you carry an iPod touch around like me you'll find out fast how many and where they are.

I see all these iPhone users, and when one of them says to me I finally got my monthly bill down to $50-60 per month I just cringe.

embrace the iPod touch and you'll thank me. as matter of fact you can call me on it via FaceTime audio and it won't cost us anything.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vmachiel Avatar
126 months ago
Of course they won't kill it. It's a perfect family birthday gift voor a kid: no contract, get into iOS.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zipa Avatar
126 months ago
This they added networking capability, it would be an iPhone.

Speaks volumes about the price of an iPhone, doesn't it?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sandstorm Avatar
126 months ago
Another "new" product. With 2+ years old internals and downgraded storage. Oh joy. :/

What's next? Re-release the 2 year old Mac Mini, with even less storage and slower CPU? Now at the amazing low priece of $559!!!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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