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.