New iPod colors mockup

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.

iPod nano new colors iTunes graphics

iPod nano new colors iTunes graphics

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.

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Launched in October 2012, the fifth-generation iPod touch runs Apple’s now-outdated A5 processor and has an unimpressive camera.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?

Source: MacRumors

  • Andrew

    Apple does some weird extra photoshopping sometimes. Remember the TouchID iPhone 5C picture they accidentally put up? And yesterday I was digging through some system files on my iPhone and came across this picture of a gold iPhone 5…

    • Yunsar

      Interesting…which directory was this in?

      • Andrew

        I don’t remember exactly, but it was somewhere within the com.apple.Bridge directory.

  • leart

    im full of phones, already own 2 iphones, it would be nice for me to have a nice new hardware without paying the full price… can’t wait to see a new ipod

  • Awesome now just add those new colors to devices that matter more like the iPhone and everyone will be happy

  • Skoven

    I’m still loving my 6G iPod nano! If it broke i would definitely try to find the same model again. So easy to clip it onto your outfit, when working out. And carrying around an iphone/ipod touch in one of those arm-straps, just sucks in comparison. And lets be honest… you properly don’t really NEED you phone when working out (in most cases anyways).
    BRING BACK iPod nano 6′ gen! 😛

    • Gervaas

      Noooo, the 5th gen was the best! (Click wheel > touch screen) and a larger display..

      • Skoven

        Bring back 5´ + 6´ gen then!
        Hear us Apple!!! 🙂

  • kogan92

    I don’t want to buy an iphone to listen to music if I already have a phone. I have an iPod touch 5g and I’d like to see a hardware improvement

  • Valinor

    I used to have a ipod touch 5g, because my iphone battery would run out because of listening to music. And I liked having 2 seperate devices.
    But then I got myself a spotify premium subscription and with a 12gb data plan and spotifys offline mode, the ipod touch 5g wasnt needed anymore.
    Also became lazy, couldn’t be bothered searching for music, then connecting to itunes, syncing etc.
    Now its just search and play.
    Another reason was that powerbanks became really cheap and powerful, so now I have one of those with me everywhere I go. No more iphone without juice or wallhugging.

  • Ajax

    i can’t be the only one to think that the iPod is now completely useless?

    • Dexter

      I don’t believe you are the only one. Since the capacity increase on the iPhones the iPods aren’t extremely valuable. Maybe the old iPod classic with the huge capacity could be a worthwhile option.

  • White Michael Jackson

    Well apple by now needs to lets users customize whatever color they want for their ipods

  • I think I’m one of few that use an iPod touch as their main device. I don’t make calls. I use hangouts to text, thanks to wifi being almost everywhere. I’d welcome a new iPod touch with better internals. iOS 9 will help a bit, but A5 is outdated. We need at least an A7 professor. The addition of an M7 processor would make it an amazing fitness device. Apple has many opportunities to do something great with it’s iPod lineup and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do.

  • Isaac Xen.

    I DO care about the iPod!