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Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by tl01, Nov 17, 2016.
Are there any rumors of new iPod touches? Or do we think apple is done with the Touch?
I read a couple of Apple rumor sites, including this one, and I have not seen any recent rumors about new iPod touches. Of course, that doesn't completely rule out the possibility that Apple has plans to update the product.
This late in the year, it is unlikely that Apple will announce any more new products, they go into the holiday sales season with the planned lineup.
Just a few things to note. iPod sales are now something like 1-2% of Apple's total revenue. Apple still dominates the quality MP3 player market, although that market has shrunken considerably. Apple has some interest in offering an entry-priced small-screen device capable of running the current version of iOS. Is the iPhone SE a viable alternative to the iPod touch?
Your guess as to whether or not we've seen the last iPod touch is probably as good as anyone's guess!
The iPod touch 6g just kinda popped up one day and was being sold. Not much fanfare when it was released. Great little device. I use mine daily. I hear there is also a business use and that app developers use it. I would think there is a chance it will be refreshed but if I had to hazard a guess it would be every 2-3 years.
Done at least until the iPod Touch will not run the latest IOS.
iPod touch 5 & 6 were 1007 days apart. (Around 2 years & 7 months) 4th gen to 5th gen was 771 days. We're around 492 right now. (1 year 4 months.) Following the pattern there should be a new one in 2018 at the latest. If they want an exactly 2 year cycle then next year.
The future iPod line will probably end up being one single stripped-down slab that only streams from Apple Music. I guess they'll call it an iRadio.
I would be (pleasantly) surprised if there was a new iPod Touch released. With the low no-contract price of the iPhone SE, ($299 for 16GB / $349 for 64GB) it makes it difficult to justify buying a Touch over the SE. Yes there are those who own a Touch and no cell phone, but that market is so small that it isn't worth Apple's resources to continue on with it.
Just look at how the iPod section is little more than a footnote on their website.
But I still won't buy a SE for my daughter.
Where do you see that price? On the Apple website it starts at $400.
Visit one of the pre-paid/no-contract carriers like VirginMobile or BoostMobile. Both had been selling the SE for $100 less than MSRP on both capacity models. These phones are locked to their respective carriers but they work great as an "iPod Touch Pro"... they should not need to be activated through the carrier, but if they do, it is a simple matter to deactivate it.
My wife has a 64GB SE on VirginMobile, I have a 64GB SE on BoostMobile. Both are pre-paid subsidiaries of Sprint (use Sprint towers). Service has been great for us everywhere we go. (but obviously greatly depends upon location)
The post saying check back in late 2018 seems to be about right.
For me, my IpT5 is running ios7 over 3 years now. When it croaks, I'll have to see what my options are then...
1) See if there are used Iph6/+/s/s+ for cheap. Less than $200, and at least 32 GB. Probably see if there's a bad ESIN model to get to that point. I already have a smartphone. I just want a handheld iOS device with a 4.7"+ screen
2) I already have an iPad Air (1), so retire handheld iOS gaming, and just play games through that. I got a new Android phone 6 months ago with a spare battery, so that's back on the table.
3) suck it up and get an IpT6, but with the same, dinky 4" screen, it's gotta be $150 or less for at least a 64 GB option
I had both the SE and iPod Touch 6th for a few months; ultimately I couldn't see the point in owning either of them and got a 128GB iPhone 7 which should do me for a year or more.
I don't think Apple will ever update the iPod Touch again. It is a good device for music but too many compromises (poor battery, no GPS, compass etc.).
Apple can easily add/improve those things in a future release.
Anyway it's kind of interesting this page says "iPod touch 6th generation and later": https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207271
Most other pages simply exclude the "and later".
Hmm, I just ordered an iPod touch 6 two days ago for my daughter. Despite the complaints about the battery and the "don't buy" status in the buyer's guide, I simply didn't wanted to wait longer to wait for something that might not happen. The 6 should be fine for gaming, music, movies via AirPlay and taking photos/videos.
I'm on the fence about buying one, what is a summary of the battery complaints and what is the average battery life that people are reporting?
Mine will go 2-3 hours when watching video or playing games. If I am just listening to music I can get two days out of it. The battery life is not what it could be as they made it so slim. Sometimes I think would be better off buying an used iPhone se 64gb and using that instead.
I think the iPod touch is dead . Why have an iPod if u can have an iPhone ?
And the iPod touch is the ONLY product that don't have Touch ID sensor
It's really annoying to press the home button to unlock your device every single time
And with the A8 processor , I can easily say that will get 3 more iOS versions
IpT's are lighter, slimmer, and cheaper, especially when purchased new. They make for better lightweight music players and video players. More affordable testing devices, and gifts for kids (we're talking 6yo to 13yo, where some parents won't want to pay for or have their kids on a cell phone).
(Me.. I think I may end up getting a 4.7" used iPhone 6)
The iPod touch for my daughter I've mentioned above runs fine. It lasts for 4h taxing usage (games, videos, streaming). Usually it had to be charged after 3h running time and like 95h standby. It's charged in under 1h.
Listening to offline music lasts for ages. We're happy!
Given how Apple has been lackadaisical on updating products that are even meatier portions of their sales graphs (Mac Pro, Mac mini etc.), sadly, I think the iPod has reached the pearly gates to join Steve..
I've been getting 5-9 hours here, but that's with very limited WiFi use (fetch news using several different sites, then turn it off), background app refresh and location services are off, and 1/4 brightness.
WiFi is the killer.
If you turn on WiFi and go to some news sites, say The NY Times, you can watch the battery life drain quickly. In 2-3 minutes, it can drop 8-14%!
(I use the app System Info to display a widget to check on this.)
Listening to already downloaded podcasts does not have much impact on battery life.
Does wifi really use battery that quickly on the IpT? Or at least an Ipod TOuch 5th gen (what I have)? I'm told from an old MR post that the wifi doesn't... "actively seek" a connection (or something like that ), which is why it uses much less power than the way it works for some Android phones, so turning it off won't save you much power. However, my IpT5 is running on almost 3.5 years of use so I'm thinking given the battery capacity's diminished, even a little bit may be large in the whole scheme of things.
My daughters iPod shuffle packed in... it was passed down from wifes friend. I have the iPod nano so dad decided to upgrade and get the touch 6th gen. I plan on saving for offline spotify as i have premium. Saves downloading and fresh music quick. I still like to separate these devices as i use it at work. Plus iOS as an android user is nice.
For those who are interested... WiFi is always on. That's okay I guess