Apple yesterday unleashed iTunes 12.2 with Apple Music and Beats 1 integration and as per usual, enthusiasts combing through the installer have managed to find traces of unreleased products.
Hidden device graphics uncovered by MacRumors depicts new color options for iPods, including a gold iPod nano and a brighter pink iPod shuffle.
It’s unclear if the unreleased devices are coming, if they might offer only new color options or if a more substantial hardware upgrade is in tow for the aging music player lineup, but additional assets suggest the new colors will be applied across the lineup.
In addition to a gold iPod nano, the assets suggest that a dark blue variant of the iPod touch and a brighter pink version of the iPod shuffle may be in the works.
The composite image seen top of post shows up when setting up or restoring an iPod device in iTunes 12.2 on a Mac or Windows PC. For what it’s worth, that image was nowhere to be found in the previous iTunes 12.1.2 version.
Pierre Dandumont found the additional images suggesting the new colors will be applied to the entire lineup.
While Apple typically refreshes iPods in September, the firm hasn’t really given its music player lineup much love in quite a while.
For example, the iPod touch, once lauded as an App Store machine and a handheld gaming device, was last refreshed in June 2014 dropping the 32/64GB models to $249/$299 while introducing a new $199 16GB model.
Launched in October 2012, the fifth-generation iPod touch runs Apple’s now-outdated A5 processor and has an unimpressive camera.
The $49 iPod shuffle was last updated nearly two years ago and the iPod nano saw its last significant hardware refresh in September 2012, with a minor September 2013 update seeing only the replacement of the previous Slate colorway with a new Space Gray color option.
Though there’s always the possibility that Apple may be trolling us, device graphics buried inside iTunes assets has historically provided an accurate depiction of upcoming devices.
The question is, do you still care about the iPod?