It has been a long time since I have been thinking about a new iPod but amidst the iPhone and the iPad, its seems that the iPod (Apple’s first revolutionary hand-held device) has lost its mark on the people. So I think Apple is again going to raise the stakes.
There is currently no ETA as to when will be the release but rumors suggest that it’ll either be launched in June or in September.
What can we expect from the 5th generation iPod:
The most bizarre thing about the iPod Touch 4th generation is its storage, the 3 models are available in 8Gb, 32Gb and 64GB. See there is no 16GB. 16GB is actually the perfect memory size for an iPod but seems Apple thought otherwise. If you are wondering the reason for this, stop wondering because no one knows.
The iPod classic has a whooping 160GB storage which matches the needs of a hardcore music listener with tons of albums to take. Almost everyone who buys an iPod looks forward to have a large amount of storage, so the first thing is the iPod Touch 5th Gen is rumored to feature 128GB of memory (the high-end model).
As all you iPod owners know the camera which is Apple claims to be a 720p is a pathetic experience when you start clicking images with it.
Currently with the iPhone 4S’ 8MP and the new iPad’s 5MP camera we can expect the iPod Touch to have a 5MP camera like the iPad’s.
3. 3G / 4G compatibility through MicroSim:
If you’ve been following Apple then you probably might know that Apple has always tried to bring down the size of the SIM card. The iPad supports MicroSIM and hence provides us with 3G / 4G. The current iPod Touch supports only WiFi which is kinda frustrating if you travel a lot, so we expect Apple to hop in the MicroSIM in the next iPod so that users can experience 3G / 4G on it.
Currently the iPod Touch is priced at $199, $299 and $399 depending on the memory. It would be awesome if Apple would reduce the price however that is unlikely and we believe the pricing will be the same.
5. Oleo-phobic TouchScreen:
The iPhone 4 and 4S were both sold with the oleo-phobic tag line, which arguably is a very big advancement in the field of Touchscreen technology. If you are wondering what oleo-phobic means, it is a kind of layer or a special glass panel that reduces the finger-prints on the screen keeping it much more cleaner. I think we will see this in the next iPod Touch because it will be considered as a boon to all iPod Touch users.
6. A6/A5X processor:
The new iPad has signaled the start of the A5X processor and it seems that we will see the A5X processor in the next iPod Touch, there are little chances of it being sported with the A6 processor, because I think the A6 processor will debut itself in the iPhone 5 and will surely put all the Samsung phones to bed.
7. More Audio / Video Formats Supported:
The support for more videos and audio formats has been a constant thing popping up in forums and wish lists for the iPod Touch. It would be interesting to watch DivX and FLAC support on the iPod Touch 5G and pretty much many other formats are out there still going unsupported by the iPod Touch. Decision about this is not just about technology though – one would have to think of protection and legalities also.
8. Black and White Models:
Similar to the present generation of iPod Touch, the iPod Touch 5G is most certainly going to have two variants – the black and the white.
9. More RAM:
This is one point of contention where only a few users have expressed their views. While many argue that the present RAM is decent enough, one would also have to add in the other necessary requirements such as more apps, upgraded OS and stuff like that. These will require faster and capacious RAM. The iPod Touch 5G will do good if it comes with a faster RAM.
10. Retina Display
As you all know the biggest feature in the new iPad is the retina display, experts say that the retina display alone is a reason enough for people to upgrade to the new iPad from the iPad 2. Well no one expects Apple to pop-in 3.1million pixels into the next iPod Touch but certainly they could make it comparable with the iPhone 4S’ retina display, which is good enough for a device of its size.
So those 10 points are some of my predictions/wants, if the next iPod Touch supports them I’m surely going to cash out my money for it.
What do you guys think about the next generation of the iPod , let me know about it in the comments section below.
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