Icon Allegedly Found in iOS 12.2 Beta Suggests 7th Gen iPod Touch Will Have All-Screen Design [Update: Fake]

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.



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."



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2 weeks ago
My mind only sees how badly aligned the new icon is. :confused:
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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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.
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2 weeks 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.


macRUMORS
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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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.
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2 weeks ago
It never made sense to release a brand new device with a Home button that they’ve been working to obsolete in iOS.

The iPod may be too inexpensive to be able to include a True Depth array and the iPod never had Touch ID, requiring a passcode for security, so perhaps that’ll remain the same. All screen gesture UI but a passcode to unlock.

There’s also the fact that in both cases, Touch ID and Face ID aren’t optimized for little fingers and for child faces because they’re not fully developed.



Given that children are the target market for the iPod Touch (adults typically buy a full featured iPhone), it would make sense to exclude those expensive sensors in order to keep the price down.

I expect a full screen gesture based iPod Touch without either Face ID nor Touch ID at a low entry price for iOS.

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2 weeks ago
Would be interesting if they put an under screen Touch ID on the iPod to try it out.. that would enable them to later bring it back to iPhone.. I can’t imagine them bringing an exciting new design like a hole punch approach to iPod first before introducing it on iPhone. But who knows?
anyway, exciting news.
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2 weeks ago

Just buy an XS Max.

I would if it didn't have the notch or cost so much.
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2 weeks ago

They should just discontinue the iPod touch and release an unlocked, $399 iPhone to replace it. Make it plastic like the iPhone 5c, 32 gigs of storage with an A11 and a headphone jack. No Face ID, no force touch or fancy haptic engine. Just a classic iPhone.


I think that the a large portion of current Touch sales are by businesses that use the Touch as a point of sale.

I doubt these businesses are interested in a replacement that is an iPhone.
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