An icon has been shared on social media this morning that purportedly references Apple's next-generation iPod touch. The image below was shared by self-described tech product leaker Jonathan Mitchell, who claims to have unearthed the icon in iOS 12.2 Beta 4.

ipod touch 7th gen alleged icon


The icon labeled "HLSipod2" on the right is shown beside the existing icon for Apple's current-generation iPod touch, suggesting that an unreleased seventh-generation iPod touch will inherit the design elements of Apple's flagship all-screen iPhones and do away with the Home button.

That said, the device in the icon doesn't have a notch and it also appears to be off-center, which could mean that it's being used by Apple as a placeholder in the iOS 12 beta. Either that, or it's not genuine at all.

In January, developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered references in iOS 12.2 to an "iPod 9,1," which does not match up with any known iPod touch devices, suggesting it is a new next-generation model. However, the iPod listing in iOS 12.2 does not appear to have Face ID or Touch ID.

Last month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects a new iPod touch with a faster processor to launch in 2019, but Kuo made no mention of a possible redesign for the device.

Apple last updated the iPod touch in July 2015, and in July 2017 the company cut prices and reduced the number of storage capacity options.

Update: Developer and frequent iOS beta explorer Guilherme Rambo says "there is no such icon on iOS."

Top Rated Comments

007 Junior Avatar
69 months ago
My mind only sees how badly aligned the new icon is. :confused:
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44267547 Avatar
69 months ago
These leaks and rumors are spoiling the fun. I used to await Apple events with excitement, not it is not that much of a fun when you know so much in advance.
Not trying to be dismissive, but Perhaps don’t frequent a tech site that regularly reports rumors and leaks, You’re element of surprise can be fulfilled.
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addictive Avatar
69 months ago
These leaks and rumors are spoiling the fun. I used to await Apple events with excitement, nowadays it is not that much of a fun when you know so much in advance.
On a website called Macrumors.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
44267547 Avatar
69 months ago
Just the idea of refreshing the iPod is exciting enough, and the concept that it may not even have a home button, may give this device some new life for a physical change after so many years.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sinoka56 Avatar
69 months ago
These leaks and rumors are spoiling the fun. I used to await Apple events with excitement, not it is not that much of a fun when you know so much in advance.
You should stop browsing mac "rumors" ;) if you don't want spoilers.
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Jsameds Avatar
69 months ago
These leaks and rumors are spoiling the fun. I used to await Apple events with excitement, nowadays it is not that much of a fun when you know so much in advance.
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