While this news item does not exactly fall under the scope of this website – mobile devices with network radioes built-in, we must not forget that devices like the iPod Touch can make for good accessories to mobile phones.
Every September each year Apple announces new products especially its iPod group of products. The iPod Touch in particular interests me.
According to Bloomberg, a U.S. news agency, and PCWORLD, the 2010 Apple event would be held on September 7th – barely two weeks from now. The obvious speculation here is that there will be a revamp of the iPod line of Apple products. Another forecast is that an Apple TV called iTV will also be released.
The new iPod Touch is speculated to feature a front and forward facing camera. It may also likely resemble the iPhone 4 in hardware design and features. As such we should be expecting the following new hardware/software features in the new ipod touch (4th Generation).
- Beautiful Gorilla glass body -a gorgeous thing on a phone
- External Wi-Fi antenna
- Front and back facing camera with likely ability to use Facetime (video calling via Wi-Fi)
- Retina display
- Factory fitted iOS4
- And perhaps the video editing feature of the iphone 4; imovie!
- 1 GigaHertz CPU (A4)
- 512 Megabyte RAM
For those of us that have been holding off buying the iPhone 4 because of the exorbitant price (About 200,000 Naira in Nigeria), this is your chance to actually use something close and perhaps as gorgeous as the iPhone 4. The iPod Touch 4th generation is likely to be an iPhone 4 look-alike but without the GSM/3G antenna.
It should thus be able to do all that the iPhone 4 can do apart from making and receiving calls. But some may claim it could still make calls perhaps via wireless (by Wi-Fi) through Skype or Fring apps for instance. All these depend on your perspective.
I just have to warn you though, given the secretiveness of Apple, all these forecasts mentioned above may just well be only speculations. However, Apple has not failed us over the years in its yearly September announcements. And I believe if any of these come true, this may be the best selling iPod Touch of all time. We may soon have in our hands a genuine iPhone 4 substitute.