Buy Now or Wait longer?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by MarkieMark92, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. MarkieMark92 macrumors regular

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    I have been waiting ages for the new iPod Touch to come out and still no news on a release date :( I was wondering on peoples views whether I should get one now or keep on waiting? what do other people think? :)
     
  2. mangomind macrumors 6502a

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    Buy now if you want it now. Don't wait for something that doesn't have a release time frame. The 5th gen touch is readily found refurbished or on sale; it is inexpensive. iOS 8 runs fine on it, and the upcoming iOS 8.2 and 8.3 updates will drastically improve its speed.
     
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Buy now if you think you need it; if something new[er] - and with higher or better specifications - subsequently comes out, you can always sell your iPod Touch and purchase the newer model.
     
  4. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Still a chance to get a new one with iOS 7.1.2 on it - I got one in November from Best Buy.
     
  5. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    Do both. It's certainly cheap enough to. Otherwise, signs don't look good for a new model.
     
  6. iPadCary, Jan 6, 2015
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    Yeah, I was gonna say, they're cheap enough that if you buy one now
    and a new one soon comes out afterward, you won't feel mad.

    I think there'll be a new iPod Touch for two reasons:
    1] It's not a iPhone-, iPad-scale seller anymore, but it makes a lot of money.
    I think in the iPhone Era, we've become so spoiled with the awesome capabilities
    of these small, holdable devices, that when a new, significantly improved iPhone comes out every year,
    one tends to look at that year's before one as dogpoop.
    When, in fact, the iPod Touch 5 is an extremely well-built , lightweight & incredibly powerful pocket computer.
    That it costs as cheaply as it does is a testament to the umbra-rapid advance of the technology.
    And iOS 8 runs butter-smooth on mine.

    2] iPod Touch 5 was made in 2011. 2011 .... I think that makes it more than overdue for an update.
     
  7. rigormortis, Jan 6, 2015
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    i think what you should do is skip the iPod 5th gen all together and just go get an iPhone 5. you can get a iPhone 5 for the same price used as an iPod touch on eBay

    64 gb iphone 5 maybe 200
    64 gb ipod 5th gen maybe 200

    i checked the sold listings before posting this.



    and you get :
    a mute swtich
    an a6 vs an a5
    1 gb of ram vs 512 mb
    8 mega pixel camera vs 5
    thought of something else!!! , the deactivated sim card in the iPhone 5 would still let you call 911


    you don't need a cell phone plan. the iPhone 5 will be a little heavier though

    you can keep the cell radio turned off if you want

    i think the iPhone 5 has a slightly bigger battery as well

    the downside of an iPhone 5 is the trim around the edges is really soft and scratches/dings easy
     
  8. stiligFox macrumors 6502a

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    Keep in mind that's used - unless you're extra lucky you'll get a device that has scratches, dings; it won't be new.
     
  9. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Don't buy any iPhone earlier than a 5S. You want an A7 since both the A5 and A6 will most likely be supported in IOS 9 (64 bits).
     
  10. rigormortis, Jan 7, 2015
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    rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    its a possibility that any new iPod touch , if one is coming out, won't have an a7. and it will come with an a6.
    i thought iPod touches were always one cpu generation behind the iPhone


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    magnomind on message #2 said the OP should get a refurbished iPod touch.
    so i felt if you go the used / refurbished route, the used phone 5 clearly goes for the same price as a used iPod touch 5h gen
     
  11. robertosh macrumors 6502

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    This Christmas I tried an iPod 5G and with iOS8 sucks a lot. Even slower than my iPad mini 1G. I don't recommend you to buy one, the hardware inside is almost 4 years old. An used iPhone 5 is a better option even not being new.
     
  12. Plutonius, Jan 8, 2015
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    The iPhone currently has an A8 and will most likely have an A9 next fall. Apple will never put an A6 in another new design and it's very doubtful that they will support it in IOS 9 next fall.

    A used iPhone 5 is not a better option in the long run (A6). If you want to get an iPhone to use as a Touch, get a used iPhone 5S or better. Do not consider getting an iPhone 5.
     
  13. AlexxRyzhkov macrumors regular

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    Well a friend of mine was originally gonna get an iPod Touch too, but he found a Bad ESN Sprint iPhone 5S 32GB for $275 in pretty good condition on eBay
     
  14. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    In light of todays news on dwindling iPod shuffle stocks, it may be that new models are introduced in a few weeks.

    While they don't sell as many as they do, the iPod part still gives them a billion $ in revenue (At least it did in 2013).
     
  15. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    You can get an IpT5 32GB for $230 new (Walmart IIRC?). I paid $285 on Amazon back around July-Aug. 2013, and was glad to have paid that extra $55 to get it that much sooner. Even though I was fine with continuing to use an IpT4, I have a feeling it really would struggled, especially since it was still on ios5.

    Agreed with some of the comments thus far... if you can wait until.... March or April at the very least, see if we'll get an announcement, or an announcement of an announcement? However, you may have to wait as late as Nov. this year for any updates. And even then, it may not come to fruition, or be below expectations. Otherwise, go for it!
     
  16. lyceumHQ macrumors 6502a

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    I traded in my 120gb Classic today for a 32gb 5th gen touch. I was only using around 20gb anyway and I prefer having access to iTunes on the go.

    Hopefully it'll be on iOS 7. But I'm not much bothered either way as long as it works. I can always jail break and speed it up some via tweaks. I don't even care to be honest if they announce a new one in a few months. Whenever you buy tech there's always something new and better just around the corner.
     
  17. robertosh macrumors 6502

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    ...If you don't take in mind the price range. Of course a 5S will be better but you will have to expend a little more.
     
  18. bchreng macrumors 6502a

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    I was going to ask this very same question. This current model has been out for quite a while now and I would very much like to see a new model announced with a faster chip for games and a better camera for photos. Maybe iPhone 6 -like internals as Apple edges closer towards announcing the iPhone 6s?

    If only wishing were enough to make it happen.
     
  19. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Still too expensive. If they make one, it will probably have the A7, 1GB RAM, and will either be 4" or 4.3" . Storage will probably be 16/64/128 GB.

    I expect one of the following possibilities
    1) The Touch 6 comes out early to late spring (maybe at the same time as the Apple Watch).
    2) The Touch is discontinued by the start of summer.
    3) No new Touch but Apple continues to sell it.

    If it's either option 1 or 2, IOS 9 will not run on the Touch 5. If it's option 3, IOS 9 will run on the Touch 5 (probably badly).
     
  20. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    They're shooting themselves in the foot if it's still the same 4" screen. The whole point for many of us is to get in on the larger screen sizes.

    4.3"? Why bother? It should be at least 4.7 to keep it in line with the Iph6 (if not a 5.5" for Iph6p). Why fragment yourself like this?

    If it's anything like the way the Iph6's were priced, the new 4.7" IpT6 may be priced at $350 and $450 for the middle and upper tier storage capacities.
     
  21. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Sorry, I meant 4.7" :D.

    It would never be 5.5" since it would eat into the iPhone 6+ and mini sales. Even though 4.7" is an option, I still think it will be 4" since it will probably have an A7 and Apple also would not want to eat into iPhone 6 sales.
     
  22. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I don't get... Ipod touches have already been eating into Iph sales (and AFAIK, without too detrimental of an effect). Why start now? If the IpT line really is getting discontinued, then I suppose all bets are off.
     
  23. bchreng macrumors 6502a

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    Those specs would be great too, so as long as it includes an updated camera as well and hopefully stick with a $300 price point for the 64gb model. I really hope they decide to stick with the ipod touch line.
     
  24. mangomind macrumors 6502a

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    Look at the difference between iPhone and iPod revenue. Considering the sales gap between iPhone and iPod, a decked out touch would have no noticeable effect on iPhone sales.
     
  25. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    The current sales gap is because the Touch is so far behind the iPhone :D. Make the Touch hardware equal to the iPhone and the iPhone will suffer.
     

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