Could the rumored iPod Touch (2019) focus on gaming? Trademark suggests so

Could the rumored iPod Touch (2019) focus on gaming? Trademark suggests so
The ‘iPod Touch’ trademark has remained largely unchanged since it was first registered over a decade ago. But with rumors of a seventh-generation iPod Touch now floating around, it turns out Apple recently filed for an extension (via MacRumors) to its trademark.

If the company faces no opposition and the updated trademark is granted later this year, the ‘iPod Touch’ branding will soon cover everything related to "Hand-held units for playing electronic games” and “Handheld game consoles,” a product category more commonly referred to as International Class 28.

In order to justify this extension, Apple provided the screenshot visible above which clearly highlights the sixth-gen iPod Touch’s gaming capabilities and name. It also points towards the ‘Buy’ button. 

Currently, the iPod Touch already supports mobile gaming through an extensive range of iOS apps, so it’s possible that this particular extension is simply a strategic move intended to avoid any possible lawsuits in the future. However, the fact Apple has waited over a decade to do so – the App Store was launched in 2008 – is extremely odd.

In actuality, it seems possible that, if launched later this year as rumored, the upcoming seventh-gen iPod Touch will focus more heavily on its gaming capabilities and less on its iTunes integration, as has been the case with previous generations. If accurate, this could be a big growth opportunity for the iPod line which has seen declining sales ever since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007.

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12 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 915; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

With the price that this will come out at you would be better of buying a Switch.

2. whatev

Posts: 2135; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

That’s right, the Nintendo switch is a really good console/handheld but I don’t understand why Nintendo is capping its multimedia and social media capabilities, that’s where the iPod could have an advantage, but it definitely needs a better games catalogue

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I think the iPod would have a different target market. Maybe it could target those interested in a gaming smartphone.

7. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 915; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

It would be great if they allowed you to stream the game to your TV or have some dock like the Switch and then use the ipod as a touch controller or put in the effort and make a good gaming controller to go with it.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 846; Member since: May 17, 2017

Maybe it will connect to the Apple TV.

8. whatev

Posts: 2135; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It wouldn’t make sense, for that anyone could get a smartphone and have the full package

6. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 915; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Yeah Nintendo are always the last with Multimedia stuff. Hell you even need a mobile phone for voice chat for their online games.

11. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Because it's Nintendo. Why would they do anything logical ?

4. Rager722

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

"If accurate, this could be a big growth opportunity for the iPod Touch line which has seen declining sales ever since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007." How is that possible if both the iPod touch and iPhone were launched together? Maybe you mean the iPod series in general?

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Sorry, I meant the iPod line in general! Corrected.

9. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 122; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

I'm surprised they still making these

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1447; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

iPod - 5 times the power of Switch, Switch - 100 times better games. Is it really that hard to chose?

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