Apple has traditionally launched a new version of the iPod touch each fall, but this year will apparently be something of an exeption. There will be a new model, but it will reportedly be only marginally different from the current one.
There have been numerous reports that the iPhone 5 will be thinner and wider than its predecessor, with a slightly larger Touchscreen and an 8MP camera. These changes won’t be carrieed over to the next iPod touch, however, according to information leaked to MacRumors and separatly to an analyst from Concord Securities.
The major changes in the fifth-generation iPod touch will allegedly be the addition of a version in a white casing, which would explain the images of white front plates for this device that have been cropping up on the Web recently. In addition, an oleophobic coating is supposedly being added the the screen to repel skin oils, and the ambiant light sensor is being tweaked.
This marginally updated will be announced at the same time Apple unveils the iPhone 5, which is expected in the coming weeks. Exactly when it will be available is not yet known.
Maybe Next Year?
Apple’s traditional schedule was to introduce an new iPhone version in early summer, and then a refreshed iPod touch in the fall. The iPod touch always greatly resembled the smartphone, only without the phone.
This year, the company has chucked this strategy. It’s now early Fall and this year’s next-generation handset has yet to be launched. And apparently both the new iDevices are going to be unveiled simultaneously.
The minor tweaks to this year’s iPod touch raise a possibility: Apple could be waiting until early next year to come out with the next-generation version. This would be in-line with its previous strategy of launching an update several months after refreshihng its smartphone.
Another possibility is that the company is beginning rthe process of phasing out this product line. Sales of iPods in general have been on the declane in recent years, and Apple may be planning to put its efforts into the iPhone and iPad, which are doing very well indeed.