Apple Rumored to Release Updated iPod Touch Later This Year

ipod-touch-selection-hero-2014Apple is expected to announce a new iPod touch later this year, according to AppleInsider. The report, citing a source familiar with the plans, claims that the refreshed portable media player will likely have a similar design as the current model released over two-and-a-half years ago, and speculates that the next-generation device could have camera and processor improvements.

Apple has not refreshed the iPod touch since October 2012, when the portable media player was updated with an ultra-thin and colorful design, A5 processor and Lightning connector. iPod sales have been declining for several years, becoming a largely insignificant part of Apple's product lineup, anchored by the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The company no longer discloses iPod sales in its quarterly results after reporting 2.9 million units sold in Q4 2014.

The report is entirely speculative about possible new features the next-generation iPod touch could have, including a 64-bit A7 processor, increased storage space, and improved iSight and FaceTime cameras. Additionally, it would make sense for the new iPod touch to support Apple Pay, which would require locked down NFC capabilities and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Beats-related features could also be in store following Apple's $3 billion acquisition of the company in May 2014.

If the report proves accurate, Apple could announce its next-generation iPod touch during its iPhone event in September or iPad event in October that it typically holds each year. It is also possible that Apple may quietly update the iPod touch through a press release or website update, given that iPods are no longer as significant for Apple.

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69 months ago

I'm surprised people still buy the iPod Touch. I figure everyone who would want one has an iPhone at this point.


An iPod Touch is a decent portable media player, internet, and gaming device that has access to (most of) the same apps as an iPhone, for a fraction of a price and no mobile service plan to worry about. I don't see why it's surprising that people might still be interested in it. Think teenagers, for example, who can't afford or their parents simply don't want to get them a smartphone.
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69 months ago
I remember the happy days when the iPod touch would be updated every year and was effectively an iPhone without the phone.
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69 months ago

Just get an iPhone.

many parents are willing to give their kids an iPod Touch but not willing to pay for an iPhone for them (and that is a good thing)
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69 months ago
I wouldn't be surprised to see a new Nano with Wi-Fi and Apple's new streaming service built in.

Also, give the iPod touch a memory boost, so people who are mourning the classic can have a reason to live.
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69 months ago

Just get an iPhone.


RIIIIGGGHHHHT! And just pay a monthly recurring charge for cellular service when the consumer may not want a phone. Besides even with the iPod Touch you can make Skype and FaceTime audio/video calls.
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69 months ago
Finally! An iPod touch rumor! Here's really hoping it happens! :D
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