updated 08:30 am EDT, Thu July 8, 2010
New iPod touch may be very close to iPhone 4
The 2010 iPod touch may be so close to the iPhone 4 that only the phone features are missing, UK retailer John Lewis' audio buyer, Rob Hennessey, claimed today. At a London event, Hennessy cited suppliers who claimed it would not only have the five-megapixel camera and flash of the iPhone 4 but use FaceTime video calls. There was no mention of a front-facing camera, but all talk would happen over Wi-Fi.
The procurer's slides didn't reveal significantly more to Pocket-lint and others in attendance, but he did understand the iPhone 4's gyroscope would come with to help bolster the iPod's gaming credentials. Much of the talk centered on Apple's target audience, which Lewis thought would be aimed at youth and those interested in a heavy social networking component.
Since its launch in 2007, the iPod touch has almost always borrowed heavily from the iPhone that shipped a few months before it. As such, the 960x640 Retina Display is a likely candidate, as are the A4 processor and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Cameras haven't made it to the iPod touch so far, but it's known Apple has considered these in the past: prototypes have surfaced of a camera-equipped iPod touch in recent months, although these may have been for an aborted updated in late 2009. A 2010 model could have a significant redesign.
Retailers aren't always known to be accurate as they often have an incomplete picture of products, but Hennessy believes that the iPod touch update would come in September, in step with Apple's usual practice of holding a music event that month that updates its iPod line.