iPod touch 5G

AppleInsider reports that Apple is planning a refresh of its iPod touch later this year, citing a “source familiar with Apple’s future product plans.” It’s not clear if the refresh will affect multiple versions of the iPod, however the report notes at least one model will be reintroduced at a time when Apple’s music services are getting a revamp under Beats.

That model is the larger version with a 4-inch display. Apple is said to keep the 4-inch screen resolution, introduced to the line in 2012, the same and also offer camera and processor improvements. The current iPod version features an A5 processor and an upgrade could bring it on-par with the 64-bit processor found within the iPhone.

Amidst declining sales numbers, the iPod touch hasn’t been touched by Apple since October 2012, as the iPhone has grown in popularity, offering both phone and media capabilities. Apple no longer discloses iPod sales units sales, as it’s become almost a hobby device in its lineup.

AppleInsider doesn’t offer much in the way of specifics. However, it would make sense for Apple to release the iPod touch this summer alongside its new music streaming service.

Source: AppleInsider

  • Stephen

    Let me guess;

    Space grey, silver, gold, Touch ID, updated processor, maybe bigger screens, not surprised if I’m right. 16GB, 64GB, 128GB also.

    • Maxim∑

      Probably an iPhone 5S with a larger display

      • Jason Baroni

        What would be terrible since you will enjoy it mostly next year. The last touch suffered with that A5 processor.

      • Zaki-T

        iphone 6 = iPhone 5S with a larger display

    • Jared Adkins

      I would hope so.
      had an ipod touch since iOS 6.0

      • Hi

        me too!

    • Chang in Charge

      I’m guessing they keep Touch ID off this device.

      • They added it to the iPad why not the iPod too.

      • Chang in Charge

        I don’t see the two as the same. iPad seems like more of a premium device one that warrants Touch ID, idk if they think of it the same way but the iPod touch is their budget offering, for kids?, doesn’t seem like you need it here.

      • I see it as the iPad is more of a shared device and the iPod as more personal. I don’t think either device actually needs it but since is available its now more of a why not add it.

      • Andres

        To keep the price down.

      • askep3

        The actual sensor is like $8, but I still don’t think they will have Touch ID, it would be too similar to the iPhone then

      • Andres

        There’s this thing that apple likes to use called “Margins” so that they can make a profit

      • askep3

        Haha true

      • Adding Touch ID hasn’t made any other devices more expensive in the past. Albeit only two.

    • All I want from an iPod is the Music app from iOS and lots of storage for music and long battery life. I could’nt care less about apps, games and videos or touch ID either…

  • Guest

    The probably was kids mostly had the iPod touch now there’s so many different iPhones since they just have their parents old iPhone model instead

  • Jordan Ross

    Why would this make sense in terms of the new music streaming service? Touches only work on wifi. To me, this is still first and foremost the iOS gateway device for kids who’s parents won’t buy them iPhones yet.

  • theapple99

    IT’S ABOUT TIME 🙁

  • iPodDroid

    For the love of all that’s holy, I really do they update their iPod Touch lineup. 3 years without the iPod Touch getting an update.

    • askep3

      Lol if they didn’t, it would be too slow to be supported in most 3rd party apps, so I gues they have to update it

  • Blip dude

    I know this is a “Pie in the Sky” dream, but if it were to come with Cellular, that’d be so great, but for obvious reasons that won’t happen!!! I would totally use my iPad Air as a phone if the screen wasn’t so freaking huge.

    • askep3

      iPad Mini????

      • Blip dude

        You know, I’ve really thought about selling both devices and Just sticking to a 128GB mini, install Google Voice and I will be all set. But there still a lot of iPhone only apps that are useful and just simply don’t function properly on iPad. However, I will not rule this option out for the future.

      • askep3

        And with cellular iPads that would be perfect, but you could always get an iPhone 6+ and that would probably be perfect for you

  • Dante Arellano

    Yea another ipod than i wont use

  • misterz

    If you don’t have a spare old iPhone lying around, the iTouch is perfect for pre-teenage kids.

  • Ian Ellis

    Hopefully I can finally get that 128GB version that’s been tossed around for years

  • cr0w_69

    I just hope they don’t discontinue the iPod Touch, as someone who loves iOS but can not afford to buy a device AND pay the monthly cost required for service, the iPod touch is my only option

  • Sleetui

    Bet its going to still have a crappy battery that doesn’t last for a year.

  • Favna

    > the iPod touch hasn’t been touched by Apple

    The play on words is flawless