New cheaper iPod touch tipped

Apple is rumoured to be readying a new entry-level iPod touch.

You might have thought that Apple had forgotten about or just plain abandoned its portable media player range in favour of its ongoing iPhone and iPad concerns.

What’s more, with persistent rumours of an imminent iWatch wearable device, there could soon be an even more portable and equally affordable smart device on the roster.

It seems Apple isn’t quite done with the iPod touch yet, though. According to a couple of sources, Apple is preparing to introduce a new affordable model. However, those hoping for an iPhone 5C-like plastic reinvention may be disappointed.

Macrumours claims that the new device will effectively be the current iPod touch 5th generation, but with 16GB of storage instead of the current 32GB and 64GB options.

The iPod touch 5th generation was launched a little less than two years ago, sporting many of the specs of the iPhone 5. These include a 4-inch IPS Retina display, a 5-megapixel iSight camera, and an A5 processor.

The current 16GB model was quietly launched last May, and omitted the iSight camera, the choice of bright colours, and the neat lanyard loop of the larger models.

According to this report, the new 16GB iPod touch will be priced at $199, which is $30 cheaper than the current entry-level model. In UK terms, we’d expect that to translate to a £20 saving – so £179 rather than the current model’s £199.

More for less is always good, right?

This report is corroborated by French website igen, which also carries the claim that the new budget iPod touch will be released on July 1.

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