updated 04:15 pm EDT, Thu August 19, 2010
iPod touch likely getting iPhone 4 trimmings
Apple is doing internal testing of iOS 4.1 with three new products, an AppleInsider source claims. As in other versions of iOS, the latest beta of v4.1 contains "configuration descriptors" for USB devices. One of the devices as listed as "iPod 4,1," clearly referencing a fourth-generation iPod touch.
The player is expected to get many of the features of the iPhone 4, including an A4 processor, a Retina Display and FaceTime support, the last backed by dual cameras. No indication has emerged either way for other wishlist features, such as greater storage or a built-in GPS receiver. When the iPhone 4 was launched in June, it continued to use the same 16 and 32GB capacities as the iPhone 3GS.
More unusual in the descriptors is "iProd 2,1," likely referring to a new iPad, since the current design was at one pointed hinted at with "iProd 1,1." The major question is whether the product might be an updated 9.7-inch model, or a rumored 7-inch variant that would be cheaper and lighter. The latter may be based on ARM's Cortex-A9 processor, and double RAM to 512MB.
The beta finally includes a descriptor for something listed only as "unknownHardware" with the product ID 20547. It could potentially be a 7-inch iPad, or else the reported reincarnation of the Apple TV as the iTV. The latter is anticipated to use iOS and support apps, and even come equipped with an A4.
An announcement of several new devices is expected in September, when Apple traditionally refreshes iPods.