As we eagerly await some official coverage from Apple regarding the release of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, reports have emerged which suggest the iPod touch will also be subject to some minor upgrades and will be available in white.
A mock-up depicting a black iPod touch 4G with a leaked white faceplate
With the large majority of Apple-related news circulating around the Cupertino company’s latest smartphone device, there hasn’t been much room for the little ol’ iPod touch, which still shifts a fair few units in its mainly teen-based market.
Information collated by MacRumors suggests that aside from an improved ambient light sensor and possibly a few hardware tweaks, the only other change will be on the display, which will get a lick of oleophobic coating. So while it’s not exactly anything to be doing somersaults about, it still keeps the iPod touch fresh in the eyes of that aforementioned teen market.
This latest find seems to essentially quash rumors of a potential 3G-capable iPod touch becoming available any time soon. While the device has long since done a grand job of being the "iPhone without the phone part", unless you are connected to Wi-Fi, many of its features – such as Safari – are rendered useless, handicapping a device which could seriously benefit from a little extra internet connectivity.
With the fruit company almost certain to be dropping an entry-level iPhone alongside the iPhone 5, it will be interesting to see whether the iPod touch can still maintain a market. Even with a white version added to the mix, those who currently settle for the touch may be tempted by the cheaper price range the iPhone 4S looks set to fall in.
The iPod nano also looks set to undergo a few minor tweaks and changes, which will bring a whole new look to Apple’s collection of pocket gadgets.
Waiting for the white version of an Apple device has been a tedious sport in times past, but it’s unlikely such a fiasco will ensue this time around. The new-look iPod touch model is expected to be announced in conjunction with the iPhone 5 sometime within the next couple of weeks, with availability thought to be mid-October. Latest reports have suggested October 5th as the day Apple will officially clarify everything, so keep yourselves tuned in to Redmond Pie for the news as it unfolds!
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