There could be a seventh-generation iPod touch media player in Jony Ive’s kitchen and it may even feature Face ID, Apple’s upcoming facial recognition technology replacing Touch ID.
What makes the finding even more curious is one specific string within Setup.app instructing the user to “Unlock your iPod with your Face,” suggesting the next iPod touch might introduce support for Apple’s Face ID technology that’s coming to iPhone X.
Geskin, however, mentioned even if all-new iPod touch was in the works that it might not feature Face ID because those code string could simply be in there for future-proofing.
Apple recently discontinued iPod nano and shuffle.
NEW iPod8,1 found in iOS 11 GM.
In the GM it says "Unlock you iPod with your Face" in one of the strings for https://t.co/BVoc0LxdC5
— Ben Geskin 📸📱👨💻 (@BenGeskin) September 11, 2017
The media player was last refreshed in 2015 with a four-inch Retina display, an underclocked A8 processor and between 16 and 128 gigabytes of storage.
Developer Jeffrey Grossman yesterday stumbled upon iOS 11 GM code strings related to Apple Pay that suggest Face ID may be coming to iPads as well.
Looks like Face ID will work with Apple Pay, and it may be coming to the iPad and iPod touch as well. pic.twitter.com/IeFpS4eNbJ
— Jeff Grossman (@Jeffrey903) September 10, 2017
If the next iPod touch has Face ID, it’s safe to conclude that the device will have Apple’s A9 or A10 chip that would be needed to handle 3D based facial recognition.