New iPod Touch rumored to be on the way; 2019 iPhone series could switch to USB-C

New iPod Touch rumored to be on the way; 2019 iPhone series could switch to USB-C
The sixth-generation iPod Touch

The latest iPod Touch is nearing its four-year anniversary and the device’s design has remained largely unchanged for over six years. But according to new information published by Mac Otakara, Apple may be working on a revamped seventh-generation iPod Touch.

This news allegedly comes from multiple “suppliers” that were present at CES 2019 last week. Unfortunately, details about the device itself remain extremely vague. Nevertheless, possible changes could include a larger display – the current model ships with a 4-inch panel – and some big internal upgrades. Touch ID could also be implemented and it’ll remain to be seen what Apple does with the 3.5mm headphone jack.

In addition to the new iPod Touch, this particular report also mentioned the 2019 iPhone lineup. More specifically, it’s claimed that the next-gen models could potentially replace the Lightning connector with USB-C port, much like the recent iPad Pro series. People “who are working” on the devices claim that a final design has not yet been established. Thus, the move the USB-C isn’t guaranteed at the moment.

Aside from the USB-C port and Apple’s usual internal upgrades, the 2019 iPhone series is expected to feature improved Face ID, a smaller notch, and up to three rear cameras on the iPhone XS Max’s successor. Likewise, the iPhone XR’s replacement looks set to feature two rear cameras.

All three iPhones are expected to make their debut at Apple’s annual event in September. Similarly, if the seventh-gen iPod Touch is indeed on the way, it could potentially make an appearance here too. Alternatively, Apple may announce it a WWDC in June or at its March event, where the iPad Mini 5, the AirPower charging pad, and the next-gen AirPods are all expected to appear.

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25 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Iphone 6s/SE is quite cheap these day and can do a lot more than ipod so why is Ipod even Exist?

2. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

People like me who want full experience of iPhone without phone signal, and still have a Windows phone or android phone as main phone. I get to use any iPhone apps even if they do not make it to android or windows

5. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Exactly. If this is true I'm getting one for the IOS experience while still using an Android phone.

8. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Apple has changed everything else to use USB-C, so the iPhones and iPod touch are the last hold outs to use the crappy slow lightning ports. Apple even sells USB-C power adapters. The latest USB-C ports can support up to 20 gigabits with USB 3.2. If thunderbolt is used then 40 gigabits can be supported. Lightning is crappy and slow.

11. slashas

Posts: 137; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Lightning port is way more hardware reliable cause of connections lay out. Speed isn’t the case for phone as I’m barely using for data transfer, just for charging and that cable is enough to do that.

20. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

BS, if it was way more reliable then Apple would not be getting rid of it. USB-C can support a much higher current compared to lightning. USB-C can support a much higher transmission rate compared to lightning. USB-C end to end can be switched around. Lightning can't do that. USB-C can support up to 128 devices on a single cable or port, and lightning cannot do that. USB-C has much greater support for all kinds of devices including TVs, monitors, chargers (wireless), headphones, lots of different USB-C dongles and hubs. Lightning can't even drive a single 4k monitor at 120 fps. USB-C can drive 2 4k monitors. Look the only thing that is supporting lightning these days is Apple's iPhones, even Apple's Macs are all using USB-C. Get with it man lightning is dead.

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Anyone that thinks lightning is going to have a resurgence is an iDiot. Apple makes more money from their proprietary lightning crap, but it's dead to the rest of the world.

24. Vokilam

Posts: 1218; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

If you’re still using cables for data transfer go back to your cave. I’ve been dropping images videos (full movies) thru WiFi (exports from iPhone is set automatically as soon as I’m within WiFi range). Imports are just a drag and drop on pc and wirelessly onto my phone. Ports and wires - forget about it!!!

13. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

iPod is a joke in 2019. No real use of it except to milk sheep.

3. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

non-phone related corporate uses, and some parents want these for their younger kids too.

17. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

people who want to buy a phone for their kids but dont want it to have signal?

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I honestly had no idea the iPod was still a thing.

6. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 932; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Lol still no iPhone SE 2?

25. Vokilam

Posts: 1218; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

SE2 should be the same body (please, no changes) as iPhone 5/5s/SE. but utilize the entire front for screen with cutout (like Samsung’s O) for camera. Upgrade hardware, camera, add forcetouch, and Face ID but keep screen at 326ppi for battery - I never cared about anything higher - and I will pay even $700 for that device. It’ll be perfect size, performance and battery would be thru the roof, and the screen just large enough but still easy to use with one hand.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They still make this? Wow I thought it died off years ago...haven't heard much about it, at least not here.

9. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Time to update my ipod now.

10. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

3rd party manufactures just got access to lightning to usb c cables. I am all in for USB C but Apple would only lose money with this. Customers care more about affordablility than USB C at the end of the day.

12. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 137; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

If there were no plans to make the switch to USB-C, they wouldn’t have changed the iPad Pro to USB-C.

14. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Again im not ruling anything out but the iPad Pro was being compared to laptops. Apple needed iPad Pro customers to feel as if it is a laptop replacement. This is just my theory. I still see little benefit for Apple from this.

19. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 137; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Well Apple did say that iOS 12 was supposed to be about performance and stability and iOS 13 will bring new features they’ve been working on. Maybe iOS 13 will bring some iPad-esque features to the high end iPhones this year. Who knows? Guess we’ll find out for sure in June/July.

22. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Dumb theory, USB-C can drive up to two 4k monitors on a single USB-C cable. USB-C supports a much faster throughput compared to lightning. Plus USB-C supports up to 3 amps. Lightning can't even come near that much power. Plus there is USB PD which can support up to 5 amps. Lightning is dead.

23. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

@Atechguy0: This is the problem with you. Read what I wrote properly, I said Apple won't benefit from this, I am not talking about the consumers. I am asking what would Apple gain from this.

15. SyCo87

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Add a good built-in DAC and I'm on board.

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Don't be silly, that requires effort. It will use the same DAC as older model. If you care for sound quality, you do not buy Apple products.

16. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Ohhh nice!!!

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