iPod Touch 2019 – Price, release date and features
Before the iPhone took over the world, it was the iPod that defined Apple, and the iPod Touch would eventually bridge the gap between the two devices. We haven’t had a new iPod Touch in approaching four years now, but recent rumours suggest that’s all about to change. So what does Apple have in store for us with the rumoured iPod Touch 2019?
Here’s everything we know (or think we know) so far.
iPod Touch 2019 – Release date
Apple took people by surprise when by quietly unveiling the iPad Air 2019, iPad Mini 5, AirPods 2 and iMac 2019 in the week preceding its March 25 event, where the company is expected to launch its heavily rumoured TV streaming service.
We had been expecting the iPod Touch 2019 (and elusive AirPower) to follow, with a March 20 reveal heavily tipped, but the rumours were wide of the mark. So, once again, our eyes turn towards this afternoon’s event.
The iPod Touch 2019’s predecessor, the 6th-generation iPod Touch, was released in July 2015 and arrived with a 4-inch Retina display and a basic home button. It’s still on sale in the Apple Store, in 32GB and 128GB options, and is still compatible with iOS 12.
Here’s when previous-generation iPod Touch devices have been announced:
- iPod Touch 1st gen − September 2007
- iPod Touch 2nd gen − September 2008
- iPod Touch 3rd gen − September 2009
- iPod Touch 4th gen − September 2010
- iPod Touch 5th gen − October 2012
- iPod Touch 6th gen − July 2015
The first four iPod Touch models launched like clockwork, year on year, in September. That changed in 2011 when no new model hit the market at all, as smartphones came to dominate the market.
Apple would refresh its iPod Touch range the following year, but slightly later on in the year, in October. There would be an even longer three-year gap to the sixth and latest generation of iPod Touch, with a July 2015 launch.
Essentially, Apple used to coincide its iPod Touch announcements with those of the latest iPhone − right up until 2015 when it simply rolled out a bunch of iPod updates a couple of months ahead of its big iPhone event.
iPod Touch 2019 – Price
It might surprise you to learn this, but you can still buy an iPod Touch 6th generation direct from Apple. It’ll cost you £199 for the 32GB model and £299 for the 128GB model, which makes it the cheapest iOS 12 device on the market by a considerable margin.
We’d be very surprised if Apple didn’t stick with a similar pricing approach when it launches the iPod Touch 2019. After all, the only purpose a new iPod Touch would have in 2019 would be as an affordable alternative to Apple’s iPhone and iPad ranges.
With the iPad 2018 currently retailing for £319, the new iPod Touch would need to come in significantly cheaper if it’s to find its niche.
iPod Touch 2019 – Specs and leaks
We haven’t heard a huge amount about the iPod Touch 2019’s prospective specs.
However, developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered references to an as-yet-unannounced iPod in a beta release for iOS 12.2 back in January.
The listing appears to suggest that the new iPod Touch won’t come with any biometric authentication. That means no Face ID and no Touch ID. This would seem to support the idea that this is going to be a bare bones entry point to iOS.
As humble as it’s likely to be, we can assume that the iPod Touch 2019 will represent a progression from the current iPod Touch 6th generation. That packs a 4-inch Retina display, an A8 CPU, and an 8-megapixel camera. Essentially, it’s an iPhone 5S with a faster processor and no mobile network connection.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s February research note (via 9to5Mac) detailing what he believes to be the company’s plans for 2019, the iPod Touch with feature an upgraded processor.
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