It has been a while since Apple has released a new version of the iPod Touch. Either this product is going out of style, or Apple is preparing an iPod Touch 6th Generation. If so, the release date could be this fall, with some new features.
Master Herald claims that there will be an Apple iPod Touch [Next] Generation soon, and it will have a combination of the features from the iPod Touch 5th Generation as well as some of the stuff on the latest iPhones.
The Latino Post says that the iPod Touch 5th Generation had "a satisfactory reception compared to the success of its predecessors due to its little improvements". Considering that we live in an age where most consumers have smartphones, one would think that an iPod Touch would not be needed in today's market. However, it sounds like Apple is "reportedly determined to put the flagship music player back in the market".
Personally, I think there will always be a place for the iPod Touch. As someone who has kids, they envy adults because parents have access to mobile devices, and kids see smartphones and tablets as toys. It is easy for a parent to give a kid an iPod Touch that they can call their own, and not drain their parent's data plan since it can work on Wi-Fi.
It has been almost three years since the 5th Generation iPod Touch, and since then, we have seen the death of the iPod Classic. It has been speculated that perhaps Apple is veering away from the iPod Touch market, and focusing more on getting their smartphones, tablets, and now smartwatches out there. For those who are interested in purchasing another device that does apps, here are some rumors that the Latinos Post can give us.
For example, the iPod Touch 6th Generation could come in different sizes. You can obviously see that Apple would be taking a page from its own playbook as the iPhone 6 Plus has been a hit, and the market would not be any more flooded with another phablet. In addition to the new size, there might be some new colors, such as gold and white.
Another expected upgrade would be the battery life, which would hopefully be better than the current 40 hours of music and 8 hours of video playback. As for the processing power, the current iPod Touch 5th Generation has the dual-core A5 chip, so wouldn't it make sense to upgrade that to the A8 or A9 processor?
Considering that Apple Pay is supposed to be a big thing for the smartphone and smartwatch, why wouldn't it be on the iPod Touch? Venture Capital Post has also noted that the new iPod Touch could have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Then there are other rumors about it being compatible with the Apple Watch, something that really hasn't been mentioned with all of Apple's hype of their new smartwatch.
Whatever the release date for the iPod Touch is, it is clear that Apple is going to have an interesting future if the Apple Watch takes off. If not, we'll probably know by the fall whether the Apple Watch will be considered a failed experiment, and they could use a good cash cow like the iPod Touch 6th generation to boost their 2015 sales, not to mention some new version of the iPhone and iPad.
Considering that Apple is going to host their World Wide Developers Conference from June 8th to June 12th, they could take the opportunity to announce the latest iPod Touch Sixth Generation there. If so, then we're looking at a Fall 2015 release date, probably around the same time as this year's version of the iPhone and the iPad.