Apple Planning to Launch New $199 16GB iPod Touch With Rear Camera, Multiple Colors

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple appears to be planning on launching a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. The new iPod touch would be a 16GB version of the current 32/64GB iPod touch, coming in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199. Separately, reports that they have heard that a new iPod touch will indeed be launching on Tuesday of next week. Their source did not directly corroborate the pricing and specs, but did say it was a single model only, and not a revision of the entire iPod touch line.

    Apple initially launched the 32/64GB fifth-generation iPod touch in October of 2012 with a $299 price tag, but later added a lower-cost silver-only 16GB iPod touch that stripped key features like a rear camera to lower the cost to $229.

    As time passes and technology advances, component prices often drop, which may be why Apple is planning to bring feature parity to its iPod touch lineup nearly two years after the original launch of the fifth-generation iPod touch.

    Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch has been lauded for its ultrathin design and its bright colors, but spec wise, the product is inferior to the current iPhone 5s, with only an A5 chip and a 5-megapixel iSight camera, which may be another reason Apple is launching a lower-cost version of the device.

    It is unclear what will happen to the existing 16GB iPod touch, but Apple could choose to lower the price of that device even further or discontinue it in favor of the new version with a rear camera.

    Article Link: Apple Planning to Launch New $199 16GB iPod Touch With Rear Camera, Multiple Colors
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2014
    GREAT NEWS! For those who don't want an iPhone and want to use apps and not call.
  5. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    they won't kill it

    it's the device for many people to get in contact with ios

    later they will buy an iPhone, so it's kinda the mac mini of ios world.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2009
    If they added baseband, this would be a great entry-level smartphone..
  7. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    Planet Earth
    I guess no iPod Touch this year either then? And same price as a top-of-the-range Nano? :D
  8. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    This they added networking capability, it would be an iPhone.
  9. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  10. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    then it would be an iphone 4s, which they already sell as their entry-level smartphone (for a whole lot more money).
  11. macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    It's still a beautifully thin and colorful device. Too bad I need to make a phone call or use WhatsApp every now and then.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008
    Makes sense to me. Perfect for kids who don't need (or aren't allowed or whose parents can't afford) a full phone, but still lets them have access to apps, music, a camera, etc.

    Shame that it'll be running a 2yo chip, as it can surely only be supported for a limited amount of time before it can't handle the OS anymore. But then I suppose that many of those who would buy this don't care about having the latest features and being able to play the most advanced games.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Feb 19, 2010
    Speaks volumes about the price of an iPhone, doesn't it?
  14. macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Hmmmmm, with the increase in wifi hotspots I *may* be able to get away with using a iPod touch like this as a fully fledged handset with the O2 TuGo app which let's you calls and text over a data connection.

    Perviously without a camera this would have been a no-go
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2008
    How many products is Apple going to release in Fall? Damn...
  16. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    iPod touch + cellular capabilities = iPhone

    I live in Modesto, CA and Xfinity just added WiFi towers throughout my town for Xfinity members (and a few other cities in the bay area), so now I get WiFi all around town while shopping, out and about or driving which means I can essentially use an iPod touch for things like iMessage, browsing websites, make and receive FaceTime Audio and Video calls.

    So for $199 you can essentially go contract free and get by using an iPod touch.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Feb 15, 2011
    Of course they won't kill it. It's a perfect family birthday gift voor a kid: no contract, get into iOS.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Feb 19, 2010
    You can get this + a cheap MiFi-dongle and you're all set.
  19. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    If you only use WhatsApp or Skype for calls and messages, you can use the iPod Touch as a main device doesn't matter where you are.

    Just buy this:

    slide in an prepaid sim card with data connetion
    and keep it in your pocket, only weighs about 3.2 oz so no problem. ;)

    --> you have about 10 hours of internet access for your iPod
  20. macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    The bettered iPod Touch, replacing the non-camera older version, says two things:

    1) The iPT is not irrelevant or dead.

    2) They are gearing up for revision/improvement to the advanced iPT versions later this year.

    Due to the current stats of the iPT, there is no doubt that the iPT will undergo the routine 2-year refresh cycle in October. Fans of the iPT aim for it to be something on par with the iPhone, in terms of hardware, but they should be aware that the iPT has never been on par with the iPhone. The next iPT will a nice improvement, not a tech-geek fantasy.
  21. macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2013
    Would love if the iPhone 6 looked like this with multiple color choices and slim format instead of going phablet.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    It's not a phablet, iPhone 6 will simply be an iPhone with a slightly larger screen.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    Time they need to get rid of the sixteen and go 32 and above.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
    Love the design of the Touch! Even the wifi-cutout on the back looks nice—and far better than the 'antenna-bands' on all the iPhone 6 mockups (hope and assume they will not look anything like that on the real iPhone 6 designs, though).

    This is one of Apples finest designs, indeed.
    My 8yrs old son loves his blue iPod Touch (though he misses a selection of cool covers for it).
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2014
    They already made it! It's called the iPhone.


    So... No 6th gen?

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