Apple's new iPod Touch might be announced as soon as tomorrow

Apple's new iPod Touch might be announced as soon as tomorrow
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As Apple has done in the past prior to product launches, yesterday the company shut down its online store for a few hours. When it reopened, an updated iPad Mini and an all-new iPad Air were introduced.

Earlier today, in a very unexpected move, the Apple Store was updated yet again. But rather than closing and then reopening it, the Cupertino giant simply added its improved iMac computers to the website. 

Now, according to MacRumors, it seems Apple may have yet another product update planned for tomorrow.

The iPod Touch could be Apple's third announcement this week


Earlier this month, MacRumors received a tip claiming that Apple would announce new products on March 18th, March 19th, and March 20th. The first day would see the debut of new iPads, while the second would see the introduction of new iMacs. This has proven to be accurate thus far and, as a result, means the information about the third day is likely correct too. “What will Apple be announcing tomorrow?” You may be asking. Well, according to the tip, it’ll be an all-new iPod Touch.

The current-gen iPod Touch dates back to June 2015 and is in dire need of a refresh. The model on sale now sports a tiny 4-inch Retina Display paired with an 8-megapixel rear camera and the aging Apple A8 processor. It’s also one of the few remaining Apple products to sport the company’s iconic home button but no Touch ID. 

Larger display, better processor, perhaps no headphone jack


Considering Apple’s current focus on larger devices, the new iPod Touch will probably introduce a bigger display. The exact dimensions remain a mystery at the moment, but Apple’s new product might borrow the 4.7-inch display found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. After all, this would avoid any unnecessary costs.

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The iPhone 7

Another big upgrade will presumably happen on the inside. In order to guarantee Apple’s usual 4-5 years of software updates, the new iPod Touch might adopt either the Apple A10 Fusion or the Apple A11 Bionic chip. The newer A12 Bionic is a possibility too, but this would probably increase the product’s cost too much.

Like many of Apple’s other devices, there’s a strong possibility the next-gen iPod Touch will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, it should finally gain Touch ID, allowing for secure mobile payments, and receive a new set of updated cameras. 

Could the new iPod Touch focus on gaming?


Once again, Apple’s next-gen iPod Touch will probably focus on music. But a recent trademark application revealed that Apple might also promote its mobile gaming capabilities.

Over the years, iTunes and Apple Music support has become less of a selling point and more of a standard. As a result, the new iPod Touch might be marketed as a low-cost mobile gaming device instead.

Interest in such a device will probably be quite limited initially, but the market does have potential for growth. Over the past few years, gaming smartphones have become much more popular and the market is gradually being flooded with them.

The iPhone 7

The iPhone 7

Even Nintendo is said to be considering a gaming smartphone of its own, which means now could be the perfect opportunity for Apple to enter the market with a new iPod Touch.

iPod Touch (7th-gen) release date and pricing


If Apple does announce a 7th generation iPod Touch tomorrow, pre-orders will probably commence immediately prior to a release next week.

Pricing does remain a bit of a mystery at the moment, but Apple could potentially stick with its current iPod Touch price points – the 32GB version retails for $199 while the 128GB model costs $299. 

The new iPod Touch should be available in an extensive range of colors, like the current-gen model. Apple could either keep the current iPod Touch finishes or adopt the iPhone XR’s colors.

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11 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7456; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Glad they (hopefully) gave it a bigger screen. Four inch gaming device sounds like it would be a pain in the ass to play on; especially having to use touch controls.

2. whatev

Posts: 2111; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Why is apple announcing devices everyday this week? What are they going to do on Monday then?

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 402; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Next Monday is for services. News subscription and video streaming platform

8. whatev

Posts: 2111; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

That’s what I heard but it will be a boring keynote then

3. SyCo87

Posts: 278; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

They need to give it a DAC, something to differentiate it from the phones.

4. stijnvbml

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

The price differentiaties it. The only people buying iPods are people who want a cheap entry into the iOS ecosystem or for their children. A DAC will not do anything.

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 402; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Completely agree

7. kiko007

Posts: 7456; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Gotta add, that pricing strategy looks interesting. Even if Apple low balls the specs with the A10 instead of the A11 or A12 (which they likely will... cuz Apple) that’s still one of the better chips you could put in a mobile device. Hell, it’s faster than the Snapdragon 835... at $200 bucks.

9. strawberry

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

why ipod touch? think even fanboys don’t buy this

11. kenarp

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 20, 2019

I’ll probably buy one specifically for Apple Music, only if the new iPod touch has a 3.5mm jack integrated.

10. kennybenny

Posts: 192; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I'd buy one as a replacement for the aging iPad mini 2 and the 5th gen iPod touch.

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