The iPhone 5 is probably the biggest tech launch this year, in terms of hype if nothing else. So it’s pretty easy to forget that it’s unlikely to be the only product that Apple is launching today.
Read the latest rumours, specs and details on the iPhone 5 here.
For a while, rumours said the iPhone 5’s partner at tonight’s launch would be the iPad Mini, but it’s not like Apple to cripple one of its ‘flagship’ products by putting it in the shadow of an even bigger one.
However, a new iPod range? That would make perfect sense. And now, thanks to some diligent searching on the Apple website by Pocketlint, we know it’s the case. In fact, it’s pretty safe to assume that a new iPod nano and iPod touch have been confirmed.
We already wrote about what we would expect to see in the 2012 iPod touch and nano if they were launched. However, now that it looks like there will just be one initial iPod touch at the launch, we can speculate a little more.
Apple iPod touch 2012
Since it’s effectively partnering with the iPhone 5 for the night, we’re guessing this iPod touch will be the new premium model in the range. That means it will share the iPhone 5’s larger 4-inch screen, and likely its higher Retina resolution too – if not necessarily its premium IPS panel tech, possibly following in the footsteps of its predecessors by using cheaper TN displays.
Likewise, it will be using the new connector, now dubbed Lightning, which sports a smaller 9-pin design compared to the chunky 30-pin version of before.
As to innards, the top-end 2012 iPod touch will likely be fairly close to the iPhone 5, as users will want to run the same games from iOS 6’s app store. Storage will probably still be between 8GB to 64GB, though we can only hope that 128GB might be an option too – after all, some people have music collections large enough to fill an old iPod touch, and that’s not even taking apps into consideration.
There’s also a good chance it will support NFC, which would allow tap-to-share between various iDevices (we’re not getting our hopes up about Apple allowing transfers with NFC-enabled Android devices). You’ll also be able to use NFC for high-street shopping, pairing with compatible accessories, and more.
Apple iPod nano 2012
Our speculations on the new nano remain unchanged, so check out what we’re expecting to see in our iPhone 5 launch event – what to expect piece.