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iPod touch to get GPS, new colors, act as game controller

updated 08:38 am EDT, Wed September 12, 2012

iPod touch rumored to get major overhaul

Along with the expected unveiling of the iPhone 5 today, Apple is expected to reveal its latest version of the iPod touch. According to the historically KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPod touch will gain a 4-inch in-cell touchscreen, a dedicated GPS receiver and a high-definition FaceTime camera. Multiple colors are also likely, dovetailing with a report suggesting a new accessory called the 'Loop' will be sold in multiple colors alongside the new iPod touch line.

Ming-Chi Kuo also believes that Apple will move to integrate the iPod touch with its other product lines including Macs and iPads where it would function as a game controller for the larger screened devices - if true, the possibility exists that it could offer dual-screen gaming capabilities akin to the forthcoming Nintendo Wii U, but offer this for mobile gamers on the go.

The iPod touch is also expected to receive a processor overhaul for the first time in two years picking up an A5 processor, possibily the revised version used in the currently shipping iPad 2 - the quad-core GPU variant known as the A5X is thought to be an unlikely candidate as the iPod touch doesn't need to power the number of pixels as in the new iPad, which uses the A5X processor.

The use of the new in-cell touchscreen could also reduce the thickness of the iPod touch to just 6 to 6.5mm and have it weighing in at less than 100 grams.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Inkling

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    Joined: 07-25-06

    I'm delighted to see that Apple is finally giving their iPod touch a little love. Their neglect of it has been so bad, I resorted to buying a used 3GS to get what this new model apparently has, GPS and a half-decent camera.

    I've been told that GPS chips designed for cell phones are cheap. I hope Apple continues this process and adds GPS to their laptops. It'd be one step ahead of the market. It'd make them location aware and it'd give apps access ti super precise timing.

    And with a new generation of more powerful GPS satellites going up, a lot of indoor locations will be able to use GPS.

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