Chances iPod Touch will be updated?

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  1. lip008, Mar 31, 2017
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    lip008 macrumors newbie

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    What do you guys think the chances are that apple will update the iPod? Based on the Buyer's Guide it seems way overdue for some something. I'd think a new CPU, 2GB of RAM, and Touch ID would be the hat trick for it, but I doubt it gets Touch ID. I was going to keep a SE to use as a wifi device because I can't use a SE as my daily driver. The SE can't be used as my DD because I need hot spot and I won't jailbreak it to get it. I know I can move the SIM from my Android phone back to the SE but that's a PITA. The Touch is slim enough where I wouldn't care about the carrying it around in addition to my hot spot enabled android phone. In the end....first world problems.

    EDIT: Part of my post didn't make sense....sorry...
     
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    I would say pretty low. Apple will probably continue to sell the current model until roughly a year before they are likely to drop it from receiving iOS updates (either due to it using the A8 processor or due to it having only 1 GB of RAM) and then I suspect the iPod touch will be discontinued as I would suspect current sales probably don't warrant further development.

    I'm a little confused as to why you would need to jailbreak your SE in order to use personal hotspot? It's a feature that you can just turn on and off in settings. Am I missing something??
     
  3. Paddle1 macrumors 68020

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    We don't know. Hopefully if they do update it they include things like Touch ID. If they are updating it it should be either this year or next year based on past history.

    It's probably preferable for it to get the A11 chip as the A9 and A10 are very similar in power and they don't update these devices often.
     
  4. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I hope there is a refresh as I use mine daily at home for a lot of different things. My gut tells me though it will get dropped eventually/soon. With the SE price being what it is, I can see that cannibalizing what is left of iPod touch sales.
     
  5. lip008 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The SE I used was an unlocked Boost Mobile phone. It worked well with Cricket, but a lot of phones...Apple iPhone, Google Pixel for example.....seem to honor the carrier's flag regarding hot spot. It just depends. I tried an unlocked Moto Z Play and out of the box the hot spot worked. The Moto X Pure...also unlocked...but no hot spot. Amazon Fire phone from AT&T....hot spot works without any tinkering and with Cricket which is AT&T. The SE is way better than the a current iPod Touch, but when someone offered $250 for something I paid $95 for I couldn't pass it up considering it couldn't be my only device.

    I'm hoping Apple reduces the iPod Touch lineup to maybe 32GB and 128GB but at least keeps it along. I'm going to get a Touch, but not at the current retail pricing.
     
  6. Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

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    This year: low.

    Next year: a bit higher, but still low.

    Ultimately, I think it's gonna be discontinued. Even the iPad mini is getting no love, and that sells much better than the iPod touch.
     
  7. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    No chance of an update for a long time. When a new version of IOS will not run on it, then they will update the Touch or stop selling it.
     
  8. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I sold my iPod touch 6g on Sunday. I realized my old iPhone 5s got way better battery life. Got tired of constantly charging it. Hope they update it and give it a better battery then I will try again.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors G4

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    The issue with the 6th Gen iPod was the A8 processor was over powered and resulted in depleting the battery quickly. The combination of the two was not efficient.

    Aside from that, the iPod is a dying product, even though it serves a niche demographic. The iPhone SE essentially is the iPod touch, yet has a much stronger battery to match the A9/M9 coprocessor.

    I don't foresee Apple refreshing the iPod Touch. At least in terms of the SE existing.
     
  10. benji888, Apr 4, 2017
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    I was surprised when they put the A8 chip in the iPod touch. Because of this, it will be at least 3 years (summer 2018) from the release for any updates, if it's updated at all.

    I don't think the macrumors buyers guide is all that useful anymore, as far as the "don't buy" recommendations.

    There are no rumors supporting any upcoming updates for the iPod touch. I think apple will continue to make A8 processors for at least another year or more, it's 64-bit and also in the ATV4. (I think ATV4 will still be available as a base model ATV, even after a future ATV update).

    Don't be afraid a new iPod touch will come out right after you buy one, I think chances are very slim that willl happen.

    You could get a refurbished model and save some $, comes with same warranty as new, EDIT: and new battery, but limited to stock on hand, I would check here a couple times a week: http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod
     
  11. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    A full-priced factory unlocked 128GB iPhone SE is only $100 more than its 128GB sixth generation iPod touch counterpart and for that $100 you get, the option to have cellular, substantially better battery life, better performance and better power efficiency via the newer processor, a way better rear-facing camera, GPS, compass, etc.

    I really hate to say it, but, as much as I love the iPod touch, there's almost no reason to buy it over the iPhone SE and I'd imagine this cannibalization is all a part of Apple's plan to phase the iPod touch out.

    If they're smart, they'll slowly transition the nano and the shuffle to the Beats product lines and add better integration with Apple Music and that'll be how the iPods phase out.
     
  12. Paddle1 macrumors 68020

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    That may be true in the US but not in Canada and I'm sure some other places as well. The iPod touch is priced much more affordably than the SE is.
     
  13. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    Again, I doubt any changes to iPod touch anytime soon if at all. Price may change in fall or next year, but no changes b4 mid 2018, if at all. (See my previous comment)

    UPDATED TODAY: iPod touch refurbished models, get 'em while supplies last http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod
     
  14. Ffosse macrumors 6502a

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    I sold mine as I couldn't find a use case for it owning 2 phones already.

    I still use my iPod Shuffle, however; I think there will always be a market for a tiny device.
     
  15. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a

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    Does an iPad have all the same music library functioning of an iPod Touch?

    For strictly music listening, is there any interface or functional difference between the two?
     
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    Good to know. If iPod Touch is no longer going to be updated, I may get an iPad mini instead.
     
  18. Mirascael macrumors member

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    I'd totally buy an iPod touch 6G if it was priced fairly. Currently, it's almost as expensive as an iPhone SE though which is totally ridiculous, considering it ships with an A8 chip, 1 GB RAM and a worse camera. On top of that, storage is twice as expensive as for other iOS-devices ($100 for 64 GB, lol).

    Actually, the iPad min 4 128 GB is the same price as an iPod 6G 128 GB (both $399).

    Not even remotely that could be considered to make any sense at all.
     
  19. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    iPod touch, iPad, iPhone all use the same iOS Music app. ...what's funny is, I never owned an iPod, got my first iPhone in 2009, but it took about 2 years before I used the then iPod app for music.
    Go for it, I had the mini 4 and loved it!
    The iPad mini 4 also has the A8 chip, but 2GB RAM

    And you can find the mini on sale for less...
     
  20. Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

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    They might update storage tiers and pricing this year, just to keep things interesting.
     
  21. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, Apple has updated storage pricing for every iOS device except the iPod. If they had dropped the 16GB model and started the 32GB model at $199, with the 128 GB model at $299 these might still make sense in the lineup. Sadly at the current pricing they only make sense if you get them at a great sale price...
     
  22. FeliApple macrumors 6502

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    What are the latest sales numbers like for the iPod Touch? Maybe after the iPod 6 refresh they are not happy with the sales numbers and don't deem the iPod as 'worthy economically to keep updating'. Or they might, no one knows.
     
  23. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

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    I think we *might* see a new iPod Touch in the future.

    Why?

    In the latest user guide for iPod Touch it says the following:


    Hey Siri. You can use Siri without pressing the Home button. Just say “Hey Siri,” then make your request. (For some models, Hey Siri is only recognized when iPod touch is connected to a power source.)
     
  24. lip008 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I finally ended up with a 32GB SE that I use with Cricket. I got a ZTE Mobley HotSpot that helps with the carrier flag not allowing HotSpot out of the box. Compared to the Touch the SE as some have mentioned is all around a better device. I can't believe the battery life that I get on it.
     
  25. Gravydog316 macrumors newbie

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    I use my iPod touch 5gen 24/7... iOS 10 isn't available;
    if anyone wants to dump their 6gen off on me, lemme know lol... (64GB & up tho)
    iOS stopped at 9.3.5 for mine, which kinda stinks...
    There haven't been any updates to Touch in FOREVER.
    It would be cool to have a few spare ones around, since i use mine all the time.
     

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