Is Apple quietly bringing the iPod out of oblivion? Rumors of the iPod Touch returning with a 64-bit chip say it's so

Is Apple quietly bringing the iPod out of oblivion? Rumors of the iPod Touch returning with a 64-bit chip say it's so
Could the unthinkable happen? Could the unfathomable descend upon us in all its unimaginable glory?

Could Apple unveil a new iPod soon?

Do ghosts exist? Seriously, talking about a new iPod at this point feels like arguing over ghosts and paranormal events. We don't know for sure they exist, but there are people out there claiming beyond doubt that they saw or heard something strange in the attic! Likewise, iGen.fr claims that sometime around tomorrow, July 14, Apple will unveil a new iPod Touch.

Allegedly, the new iPod is going to look and feel pretty much the same as the 2012 5th-gen iPod Touch, save for a new set of colors and a 64-bit SoC ticking under its iPhone-like hood.

The website cites "knowledgeable sources" who discovered references to new Apple devices named n102 (the new iPod Touch, current model is n78), n31a (new iPod nano, current models is n31), and n12d (new iPod shuffle, current model is n12b). As for the purported date, we're not quite sure how the French got it, or whether there's going to be a keynote event or anything.

It makes sense. Leaving the iPod forever, with a 32-bit A5 chip and all the best technology 2012 had to offer, would have meant signing its death sentence. Yet, we can think of at least two reasons why Apple has nothing to lose by giving the iPod another shot. First, the introduction of Apple Music and Beats Radio makes for a perfect moment to raise the iPod back from oblivion as the service's physical manifestation.

Second, it won't take much effort to re-purpose the iPod for a new generation of listeners. Apple would probably beg to differ, but to us, the iPod Touch hit its functionality and design peak a long time ago. All it would take now is to make it run the latest Apple software as good as the latest iPod devices, and we're all set. Of course, Apple might as well add a new camera and more RAM while it's at it, but we've showcased enough wishful thinking already.

While the iPod Touch is eligible for an upgrade, it seems the iPod nano and iPod Shuffle aren't up for any major changes.

And that's the information we have for you. Perhaps there is a silver of truth to it, and it's possible Apple won't be holding a special event just to introduce refreshed iPods. It doesn't hold events for updated MacBooks, for example. So, for now, we're playing the waiting game.

source: iGen.fr via Ubergizmo

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28 Comments

1. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

My fingers are crossed.

4. waddup121 unregistered

iPod needs another update lol

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They better put at least 1 GB of ram on board as well as the 64 bit chip. Because more and more iOS developers are making 64 bit apps. Plus the apps are getting bigger and bigger. If Apple doesn't put 1 GB of ram and 64 bit CPU, then the new iPod Touch will be a flop.

22. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Ipod touch price = android flagship. Reason why I won't upgrade my 5th gen ipod.

23. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Same here,I got my ipod with iOS 6,just 1 major OS update to iOS 7 made it s**t.I continuously experience delays while switching between apps and recent apps tray.This is the reason i won't ever get an iPod from apple again.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I really hope this is true, say what You want, but Apple still has one of best audio chips in business, while it's not on par with 1000 dollars dedicated players, among mobile devices they have always been in top 3 producers. And combining it with iOS which is perfect platform for music consumption it would surely be another great product, not held back by weak components as previous Touches were.

11. asdsker

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

no. actually a basic sony mp3, iriver mp3, creative mp3 or even samsung mp3 has better audio chip than an apple mp3. having had a creative, iriver and an apple itouch, the best was still the iriver. and frankly, iriver was cheaper than the itouch i had.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Cheap Walkmans like the M-series has S-Master MX, it will leave any iPod in the dust.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Why anyone will buy ipod touch? Bacuase iphone doesn't have good battery life, hope it changes in 6S.

7. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

The battery of the touch is not better than of the phone. BUT: it is much lighter and thinner and has no corners than the 5s/5/5c. The touch is the real ONE-HAND-apple-device. And the A7 would be perfect with it.

5. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

wait, what's an ipod?

6. gaming64 unregistered

Hope a sixth-gen iPod Touch happens. It's been too long now.

8. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I can just buy iPhone 5s on CL for 150-200 will do exactly and can be way better than what iPod 8th or maybe 9th generation. :-(

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Yeah and Apple will continue to support and update the iphone 5s. No brainer.

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Lol iPhone 5s new for 150-200? Try 300-400.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPod Touch needs to be killed off. The 7" IPad is a much better buy considering the iPod Touch would be only $50 cheaper. The iPhone has all but killed off the Touch.

17. gaming64 unregistered

Not everyone wants big screens. Please remember that the iPod Touch is a music player regardless. I just can't believe how Apple is turning it into a SIMless iPhone.

12. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

new ipod will have new colours.enough for apple fans to buy it as an upgrade

18. gaming64 unregistered

Colors are already featured on the iPod Touch and the iPod Shuffle. 8 colors to be precise. Troll harder.

15. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I hope they release a 32GB or (drum roll please) 64GB version of the iPod Nano....Probably ain't gonna happen though.

19. maaen

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I think that the ipod is always justified as a pocket friendly device ...and not only for the young people ...It is good for different age groups.. and it is a smaller version of a tablet also and so very portable too....and why can you not have more than one gadget on your person at any given time if you felt so inclined...and You know I have a good mind to look for a simple phone and an lte capable ipod touch if they were to make one...but I doubt that will happen...wish it did though...It would break up the monotony of always getting a newer version of the same old+same old. I just hope to get a large ipod touch ...perhaps even a baby Ipad if they were to make it to my preferred size of 6 inches or just a wee bit bigger but just as pocketable yet still with a large screen. SO HOPEFULLY SOMETHING VERY POSITIVE WILL FINALLY EMERGE FROM THE FAMOUS ORCHARD AND SOMEHOW ANSWER TO MANY PEOPLES ANTICIPATION OVER SO MANY YEARS....Some apples grow so very very slowly....High time though. Just hope it does not turn out to be a HOAX

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

In this day n age where smartphones are the norm now...this is redundant IMO. You can get a phone and never activate it, get it off contract, used, etc. Its like that article about how tablet sales are down. And its blamed on phablets. It has no place now. The Nano I can understand...but the Touch?

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iphone has pretty much killed the ipod.

24. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

iOS 7 has killed the iPod 5th gen.Wish I never upgraded to ios 7

25. gziegfrid

Posts: 33; Member since: May 20, 2014

Then update it to ios 8.4, still not satisfied? wait for ios 9 on sept.

26. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I might upgrade to iOS 9 if the review will be positive,but no way I'm going to upgrade to iOS 8.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move.

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