If references in iOS 12.2 code are to be believed, you can expect to see an iPod Touch 7 soon. The references suggest that there’s a high probability of a 7th generation iPod Touch model making an appearance this year.
The last time Apple made an hardware update for the iPod Touch was in July 2015, and that was during the launch of the 6th-generation model. So, it has been almost 4 years since then. Many argue that the device has been made redundant by smartphones. But perhaps there is still a market fit for it.
The iPod Touch is not really a costly device. With just $199, you can still get a 2015 iPod Touch and also gain access to games, music, apps, and other services made available by Apple.
Because of this, we believe that if Apple is creating a new version of iPod Touch, it is not to make a whole lot of money off hardware, but to make money off Apple services.
Two years ago, an app developer, saw a reference to a new iPod which will be powered by iOS 11’s code. And just last wast week Friday, another developer, Steve Troughton-Smith, saw references to some new iPod and iPad models in iOS 12.2 beta’s code.
Also, if you remember, the production of Apple MacBook Air and Mac mini was stopped for about 3 to 4 years. Then in October 2018, Apple surprised us by updating the Air and Mini.
So, will the iPod Touch be updated or not? It looks very much so. Let’s take a look at what you can expect in the iPod Touch 7.
iPod Touch 7 Specs and Features
The iPod Touch 6 uses a M8 motion compressor and A8 chip, as do the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It has an 8 MP primary camera. It also has a Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi support. Storage maxes out at 128 GB for the top variant.
The 7th generation iPod Touch will most likely be equipped with whatever chipset will be used in the latest iPhone models. The camera will definitely be upgraded to reflect today’s realities. We should see an upgrade in its Bluetooth to the latest 5.0 NFL. There’s also a tendency of us seeing an Apple Pay functionality, and a 256 GB storage on the high-end variant.
According to Steve, the references to iPod Touch 7 indicate no Touch ID nor Face ID built in. We would have expected those features in a 2019 model. But if Apple’s game plan is to produce an affordable device to drive uptake of its services, then it makes sense. An iPod isn’t a smartphone after all.
iPod Touch 7 Design and Colour Options
The 7th generation iPod Touch will likely possess the same thin bezels and lack of a Home button that feature in recent iPhones.
The most recent model of the iPod Touch is similar in dimensions to the iPhone 6, 6s and SE. Apple is likely to make the new device slimmer and perhaps give it a bigger display.
The 6th generation iPod Touch has gold, silver, pink, space grey, (Product) red and blue.
We feel the new models will also come in these colors, but they might actually come in the colors of the iPhone XR, which are coral, blue, yellow, white, and (Product) Red.
iPod Touch 7 Release Date
There is something missing from these rumours and leaks, and that is its release date. For now, there are no dates in view, though we expect more information in the weeks and months ahead.
iPod Touch 7 Price
In July 2017, the prices of the iPod Touch 6 was slightly reduced by Apple. The current prices are $199 for a 32 GB and $299 for a 128 GB iPod Touch. It is likely that the price of the 7th generation iPod Touch will also be in this range, maybe a little more expensive.