iPod touch Redesign

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by NiroNavro, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    First let me apologize in advance if this has already been discussed. Now for my question:
    Is it possible at all that the iPod touch will get a cosmetic makeover to look like the iPhone 3G? Because I fricken hate the chrome backing. Mine is scratched to ****. It is as ugly as all hell. I love the look of the new iPhone. It's the bees knees. Is there any chance of this happening? If so then I am all over that.

    Edit: And what are the chances that we'll ever see an iPod touch with a hard drive instead of a flash drive?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    There's always the chance.

    This September should see some iPod improvements, and that may be one for the iPod Touch.
  3. macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    As long as the other iPod have the stainless steel backing, I highly doubt it will be changed. It's the 'classic' look, ya know what I mean?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2007
    and you think the high gloss black plastic won't scratch?
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2008
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2007
    Agreed. I also prefer the first iPhone back cover over the glossy 3G.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
  8. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    iPod Touch should have his era soon, everything is now iPhone, and what comes the iPhone comes to the iPod, sometime soon, Apple must develop something unique for the iPod.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    I would be surprised if Apple moved away from the current backing. The Touch doesn't need the better reception for 3G and GPS as the iPhone does. I see it as a way to differentiate between the Touch and the iPhone, visually.

    Also, all the iPods have the aluminum/stainless back. Keep it standard across the entire line.
  10. macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2006
    let this be known as the best answer. It makes sense for Apple to have something to differentiate the iPod touch from the iPhone, while keeping all of the iPods consistent. Plus, the stainless steel is more environmentally friendly.
    All i want from the new iPod touch is a camera.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2008
    I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

    1. New case (same as iPhone).
    2. More memory (possibly up to 64GB).
    3. More Colours.
    4. Price drop
    5. The 8GB will be dropped.

    Don't expect anything else major to the Touch other than cosmetics and memory.

    You simply are not going to get Bluetooth, a camera or GPS on the Touch - or sales of iPhone would drop.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2006
    Exactly, look at the relatively small changes that were made to the iphone. GPS would be kind of useless without a data connection and adding a camera/microphone would make it too similar to the iphone. The only way I could see them adding 64gb would be if they bumped up the iphone to at least 32gb at the same time.
  13. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Don't think so.

    The metal back is more than for looks. It provides a heat sink. It also provides structure to enable the Touch to be thinner.

    The iPod Touch is 0.31 inches thick. The iPhone is 0.42 inches thick.

    The iPhone is 35% thicker than the Touch.

    Never, unless...

    The Touch form factor replaces the Classic version of the iPod.


    Interesting points.

    Currently, the iPhone has one memory slot and the Touch has two. So the max memory in the Touch will be twice that of the iPhone with the current designs.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Please, wont somebody make it stop...
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007
    We all know you need a data connection to use GPS. I pay $20 a month for unlimited data for the Garman I have in my car. Its just how it is. ATT says so. I also have a handheld GPS which I pay another $20 a month through ATT. Funny though...they seemed to work before I started the plans... must be a glitch by ATT (suckers!!!). I think when my contract is up I will ask if my GPS devices can be used on the 3G network. I know it would cost more but I want faster GPS service.

  16. macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Not all GPS systems do. I have one that uses pre-downloaded maps for GPS. It might not be as up-to-date, but it's still GPS. This is probably how Apple would make GPS available on the touch, if they ever wanted to do it.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008

    You do? Why? I have a Garmin in my car. I don't pay any service fees. I don't have a contract. It works just fine. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Or maybe you don't understand what GPS is?

    Real-time traffic updates are a value added service, and sure, you're gonna pay for them. A map and GPS is an entirely offline thing though. Kind of like how I don't pay a service charge to Sekonda to allow my wristwatch to work.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Never. And I hope we never do see one. 1. A hard drive would be far to big to fit in one without making it a lot bigger. 2. Hard drives wear out over a short period of time in a portable device. 3. Quick movements stutter them.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    My guess of what the new iPod touch will have:

    -Redesigned to look similar to 3G iPhone.
    -Volume buttons
    -Same storage capacity, but cheaper! (16GB at $329 / 32GB at $429) No more 8GB!
    -Better LCD screen

    I doubt we'll see anything that is not predictable. What I would like it to have is a speaker and camera, but highly doubt it!
  20. macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I really hope it doesn't get redesigned to look like the new iphones. The plastic back looks tacky, and I'm sure it's not durable. I could care less about the chrome getting scratched; a scratch on chrome is better than a hairline crack in plastic casing.

    I also don't really care about a camera. Bluetooth might be nice for syncing over the bluetooth connection on most Macs (or does it already do that?) to eliminate the need to open up iTunes to sync up the calendars and address books.

    More storage and/or a lower price would obviously be nice, too.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    I really don't see them costing that much. I think we will see them at $299 and $399 at most.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007

    I was JOKING!!!!! :D:D:D:D I was just repeating what I've heard other people (who have no clue about how GPS works) in the forums say in reference to the touch incorporating GPS.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    Hopefully you're right and I'm wrong! Cheaper is always better. :)
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    My bad :(
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2007
    I have always wanted to remove the chrome backing on my iPod Touch. The chrome doesn't bother me as much as the Apple icon on the back-- that thing has always felt strange in my hand. My plan was to remove the chrome backing and add on a translucent neon lime green backing from one of my n64 controllers; but I don't know if it would stand up to the heat.

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