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iPod touch 6th generation features we want to see

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It's been two years since Apple launched the iPod touch 5th generation, leading many to speculate that the company may have ditched the format altogether.

The arguments against continuing the iPod touch line are many, from ever more affordable iPhones to ever-shrinking iPads and the new Apple Watch.

But Apple's flagship media player has been a strong seller over the years, and while it's no longer as popular as it used to be, it's a valued option for those who want most of the benefits of the iPhone without the phone contract or attendant cost.

Fortunately, rumours of an iPod touch 6th generation have persisted, leading us to suspect that Apple isn't quite finished with the iPod range.

If there is indeed to be an iPod touch 6th generation, here's what we'd want to see from it.

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A7 processor

When Apple launched the iPod touch 5th generation, it produced a media player with the iPhone 5's newly stretched 4-inch display, but internally it was closer to the iPhone 4S.

While part of us would like Apple to attain parity across its iOS range by launching the new iPod touch with the A8 processor of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense to do so.

The iPod touch has always been an affordable entry point to the still relatively exclusive world of iOS apps and games for the young and hard-up. It would be a shame to lose that, and the presence of the A8 processor would doubtless bump up the iPod touch 6th generation's price.

Besides, the A7 chip still has bags of life left in it. In fact, last year's A7 was the true 64-bit leap forward - this year's A8 is only a little faster, with most of its tangible benefits coming from greater power efficiency.

This can be seen in benchmarks, which show the performance gap between the the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 to be much less than, say, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S.

Display to be from iPhone 6 not iPhone 6 Plus

Why not a 5.5-inch iPod touch? Because that would virtually be an iPad mini, silly.

Don't get us wrong, we'd like the iPod touch to adopt Apple's new, expansive outlook, but that of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rather than the iPhone 6 Plus. This is an iPod, after all, which is supposed to be the ultimate portable media player first and foremost. If it doesn't fit comfortably in your pocket, what's the point?

Besides, that point we mentioned about keeping the price down applies just as strongly here.

iPhone screen

Plenty of storage

We're pleased as punch that Apple has replaced the 32GB model in its iPhone range with the 64GB iteration, though we wish it had done the same further down the line and just abolished the 16GB model altogether.

So, should Apple do this with the iPod touch 6th generation? It's a tough one, as we're mindful of that price point thing again.

However, if Apple can compromise on some other aspect in order make 32GB the new entry standard (thus ditching the too-small 16GB version), we'd be happy. As we've already mentioned, this is a media player first and foremost, so it should be primed and ready to accept loads of videos, games, and music.

Strong camera

As regular readers will know, we're not big fans of tablet photography, but the iPod touch range is different. It's far more portable, and far more suitable to whipping out and snapping discreetly.

Add in the iPod range's typical £200ish price tag, and the vast improvement in Apple's camera technology over the past three years (the iPod touch 5th generation's camera was essentially taken from the iPhone 4S, remember), and Apple has the potential to create a genuine point-and-shoot champ here.

To do so, it needs to fit the iPod touch 6th generation with a really good camera. That doesn't necessarily mean that it has to go with the iPhone 6's cutting edge camera unit. Again, the iPhone 5S camera continues to top most rival efforts, even a year on from its release.

But whatever approach Apple takes, we want it to be an uncompromised camera, with no corners cut in terms of lens or image sensor components.

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Decent buds

Hey, Apple. You're releasing the worlds most popular music player here. Yes, it can play movies and games. But the iPod has a distinctly musical soul.

So here's an idea - how about packing in some half-decent earbuds? They don't have to be amazing. Just an adequate set of in-ear buds that properly mould to the shape of your ear would be great.

They would provide much better sound (particularly in the bass department), do less ear damage, and would save us all from that horrible background din of overlapping noise leakage that seems to pervade every public transport system in the civilised world.

You can even get your new minions at Beats involved, if you like. Just make sure you offer us a non-garish colour option, okay?

Next, read our round-up of the best headphones to buy

elliwhi

October 7, 2014, 5:03 pm

YES! Get some better earbuds in, Apple!

Prem Desai

October 7, 2014, 6:54 pm

Better still - don't bundle any and reduce the price - substantially .....

Prem Desai

October 7, 2014, 9:53 pm

As Apple don't really have anything new to offer, how about a removeable battery and a memory card slot .....

evie

October 7, 2014, 9:57 pm

how about better gps offline feature? I jog all the time, might be handy to run to the nearest walgreens.

maaen

October 8, 2014, 12:50 am

I cannot agree with Jon about the size of the IPOD touch....I have waited for many years for a large ipod touch and The Plus size of the iPhone will just about do it for me although I would have preferred it to be near enough to six inch screen size....Apart from music I want to watch movies and also be able to read books and pdfs and I cannot see why a six inch Ipod touch cannot be made ..and if you prefer you could also call it by another name....'a baby ipad'....Well...then it will also fit many loose pockets and ladies' purses and be a lot more portable than a mini ipad could ever be..... and a large battery would help it along even more ...in fact it could even look identical to the iPhone 6 plus in size as well and then house a huge battery and become a very worthwhile long term personal treasure for many millions of people.
I just hope that Apple will not ditch a product as unique as the ipod touch even if it sells in lesser numbers than the iPhones....and now is the time that it needs to make it fuse well with the ipad and become the rightful BABY in the family.
Edited some hours later>>>>>
And having a later thought...why not make an ipod touch for the 4.7 inch brigade and another one near enough to six inch screen size for the baby ipad brigade? Then Apple will not need to worry about product economy as it will keep all market segments satisfied. Once again ...the ipad mini is just too large for a large pocket/or for a ladies'purse (for many people), and Apple should make a baby version of the ipad.
I have edited some of the thought processes after having reconsidered people's preferences for a smaller sized ipod touch and my own preference for a large version ....which would become A BABY IPAD.......Hope it becomes a reality.

Marc-Antoine Huet

October 8, 2014, 12:53 am

I agree with most of the article. But to me, 4,7 inches is too much for an iPod Touch. 4 inches is better. (4,3 would be perfect ;)

Alistair

October 8, 2014, 10:15 am

This article isn't the first time I've read someone say that the Apple Watch could 'replace' the iPod Touch. I don't understand this. Surely they're completely different products. Or am I missing the point?

Anthony

October 8, 2014, 12:44 pm

How about actual, real, decent audio quality, something along the lines of audiophile quality instead to the rubbish that apple tells us is good? It's a music player first and foremost, surely good quality audio is primary requirement? Sod the camera.

maaen

October 8, 2014, 3:02 pm

That would be almost impossible to DOCTOR...Going digital put an end to all that.... although a DAT recorder from the 1990s along with some decent headphones might have made you happy....But now you can store loads of music in a small container such as an ipod touch or Fly it in via cloud ....A COMPROMISE OF SORTS....
So that is that ...unless some genius finds a way to enable us to hear amazing frequencies emanating through small gadgets and transfer them into analogue signals of stupendous sounds via seriously amazing headphones and literally wow us... we are going to have to live with what we can convert and to what quality of digital signal....

Martin Cohen

October 8, 2014, 6:12 pm

Since it's not a phone and the iPhone 6 has up to 128GB, the touch should have at least 128GB, maybe 256GB.

OldYellerKing

October 8, 2014, 9:18 pm

Agreed. I've maxed out the memory on my iPod Touch at this point. If Apple doesn't upgrade the memory on the Touch this month I'll have no choice but to get a 128 gb MicroSD and use an Android phone for my music and media. I know Apple's goal is to drive everyone to the iPhone and streaming, but there are still too many instances when streaming is unavailable or unreliable.

TSD

October 8, 2014, 11:01 pm

IPods are a waste of money. I remember getting a 16 GB IPod 4G for $199 when the IPod 5G was out!

TurboPikachu

October 9, 2014, 2:16 am

I believe it was not the iPod Touch being replaced by the Apple Watch, but rather the iPod Nano being replaced by the Apple Watch. Remember the 6th-generation iPod Nano? The Apple Watch could certainly build upon that in many beneficial ways.

Alistair

October 9, 2014, 2:19 am

Yes, that makes sense. Thanks.

Henry

October 10, 2014, 12:48 am

You feel that way because the iPod 4th gen was released in 2010 and had hardware worse than the iPhone 3GS. There's a two year gap between the iPods anyways so the changes are usually big.

TSD

October 11, 2014, 4:37 pm

Um... no that no it at all. I was upset because when you look at it this way, I can get the latest IPhone with the same amount memory on a 2 year contract for the same price.

Henry

October 12, 2014, 6:52 pm

Yeah that's with contract. Contracts cost hundreds a year which people try to avoid with the iTouch

TSD

October 13, 2014, 12:48 am

True, but you still got to admit the IPod is overpriced.

Henry

October 13, 2014, 3:32 am

Of course, everything apple is overpriced, there's a reason why they earn so much money, but there's nothing we can do because people are willing to pay the prices they set.

William R. Cousert

October 20, 2014, 6:17 am

Why not discontinue the iPod Touch and replace it with a cheap no contract iPhone?

bob

October 21, 2014, 10:56 pm

Chop chop beats get going! that part made me laugh!

kdbur

November 27, 2014, 3:44 pm

Apple don't do what we want, we do what Apple want....that's the way they work and I hate them for it. I bemoan the loss of an optical drive from Imac's but they say we don't need them and off they went, despite the 'configure your Imac' page when you order having the super drive as an upgrade.....meaning many of us still want/need them. I own an ipod touch 5th gen and I love it but would love a larger screen, not for boasting but for practical reasons. Apple lost me or rather never had me as a phone owner because they are simply too small for me to use comfortably and it took the meteoric rise of the phablet, particularly the Samsung note for Apple to realise there are many like me out there. This refusal by Apple to countenance a larger screen in my opinion has lost them millions of users of their phones and many more millions of pounds with many simply sticking to android, even after the iPhone 6 launch......................but back to the ipod, I would without hesitation upgrade my ipod to a larger screened one but I am not holding my breath as even with the potential loss of millions of pounds and customers Apple don't seem to care or worry.

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