According to a report published today, Apple will be announcing the fifth-generation iPod touch, along with two new iPhone models, at their media event on October 4th.
The report comes from 9to5Mac – a reputed blog (known for their scarily accurate reports) dedicated to covering all things Apple. In the report, 9to5Mac claims that Apple has updated their internal inventory system, which has revealed a new iPod touch model as well as new iPhones.
9to5Mac talks first about the iPod touch. The next iPod touch has apparently been assigned the codename N81A which is just one character away from N81 – the codename used for the iPod touch 4G. This, sadly, suggests that the new model (or models) won’t be much different from the current model of the iPod touch. Reports regarding a white iPod touch were flying around recently, so this A in N81A may be just for a white iPod touch 4G. We hope that is wrong, though, as we would like to see the next generation iPod touch to have 3G-connectivity, the dual-core A5 chip and, perhaps, a higher-resolution camera.
The first is a new iPod touch. Three new iPod touch models have appeared in the system with the codename N81A. N81 is the codename for the fourth-generation black iPod touch, so the A likely represents the string of the three new white models. A device that we first revealed proof of plans for with a white fourth generation iPod touch front-plate.
The second part of the report covers not one, but two new iPhone models. The iPhone 4 is codenamed N90 while the two new devices are named N90A. Once again, this suggests a minor bump over the current commercially available iPhone 4. We, once again, hope that this isn’t true.
The iPhone 4 was launched 16 months ago, so a minor upgrade would be quite disappointing, especially after seeing all those reports suggest a significant bump in specs: dual-core A5 chip, more RAM, edge-to-edge display and a higher megapixel camera.
Even more interesting are the two new iPhone SKUs that have showed up in the system. The catch is that these two SKUs are actually marked as tweaked iPhone 4s. The new device’s codename is N90A and this represents very minor changes from the iPhone 4 – which is the N90.
The report ends with an optimistic tone, though, as it is noted that codename N94 has previously appeared in different versions of the iOS Software Development Kit (a big bump over iPhone 4 N90), which may just be the true next-generation iPhone which will be competing with the likes of quad-core Android smartphones starting next year.