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Apple might make a surprise iPod touch announcement at Sept. 12 event

by Brandon Russell | September 11, 2017September 11, 2017 10:00 am EST

In addition to a slew of new iPhone models, code found in the recently leaked iOS 11 GM suggests Apple is gearing up to introduce a new iPod touch.

Developer Benjamin Geskin discovered a reference in the iOS 11 GM:

Apple’s iPod touch has taken a backseat over the past few years as the company’s iPhone and iPad lineup grabs the attention (and money) of consumers. But it appears Apple wants to give the iPod touch one last hoorah by introducing a new model. The line of media players hasn’t seen a significant update since 2015.

While the code found in the iOS 11 GM suggests Apple’s new Face ID authentication system may work with the new iPod touch, Geskin claims this is unlikely to happen.

If there is a new iPod touch, we can probably expect it to feature several internal updates, including a faster processor, more RAM, and an improved camera. I wouldn’t anticipate it to feature wireless charging, but at this point we know virtually nothing about it—or if one is even coming.

Releasing a new iPod touch is likely Apple’s way of pushing more services, such as Apple Music and iCloud. Perhaps the company will provide a free six months of both services with a purchase of the new device.

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models at its September 12 event, along with a release date for iOS 11 and an Apple TV that supports 4K streaming content.


Brandon Russell

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