New iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by ktran, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. ktran macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
    Hi, I'm new the the macrumors community and I'd like to know where I can find the rumored improvements/add-ons for the iPod Touch that may be coming out soon.

    What do you guys think the price will be?

    What improvements will be made?

    When will it be released?

  2. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    There's definitely a lot of threads out there about iPod Touch wishlists/speculation, so be sure to take a look.

    That being said, Apple tends to refresh iPods around September. If the Touch gets an update, it will likely be then.
  3. Mikey- macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    I think they'll update the battery in the iPod and it will be around September.
  4. Vaphoron macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2004
    Yeah, I think they will extend the battery life and possibly drop the prices. I don't really expect a capacity increase quite yet although I'd be thrilled if I were wrong because I could definitely go for a 64GB iPod Touch.
  5. illidian macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    There are no new hardware features to implement into the Touch.
  6. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    They may add bluetooth, add GPS, move the memory up a notch for the price, improve the battery, add an FM radio, add a second earphone jack, add a TV-out, add a mic, or do all these things.

    Bluetooth? Every other Mac has it. So do competing players from Philips, Samsung, Insignia, Sony, and more.

    GPS? Would be approriate considering the location apps coming out. Even if all it would do is turn on to find location then shut off.

    Memory? This is the one thing we know that keeps going down in price. With Apps to sell, more memory would be desirable.

    Battery? Unlikely without increasing the Touch's size. Bad thing to do as it would obsolete every Touch accessory out there.

    FM? Again, competing players have it. In fact almost everyone else has it, and many have FM recording too.

    Second Jack? Not likely. Nice touch on the Inisignia Pilot though.

    TV out? In my dreams.

    Mic? Would allow VOIP applications. Apple probably won't, as then the Touch can be a phone, and Apple would rather sell you an iPhone.

    All these things? What? Make the Touch the perfect device all at once? Apple likes to give features in stages, and charge us new money for each one. So it won't happen.

  7. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    So are you hoping there won't be any hardware changes? If you're positive there won't be any changes, would you mind explaining what you base that opinion on? From my experience Apple never does what I'm positive it will.
  9. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005

    Please use the search function next time as this has been thoroughly discussed already.

    Anyways, I'll add in anyways :)

    September-ish is iPod month. Price drops and higher capacities have been very common. In terms of new features - maybe an external speaker on the iPod touch? Apple isn't big on adding large numbers of features to their products (except their OS's). Who cares about all those features other players have if they're poorly implemented? However, the external speaker on iPhone is great and the iPod touch would really benefit from that.
  10. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    While I think some ideas may be in the new iPod Touch, I doubt there will be an FM radio. It's just never been an iPod feature. People have asked over and over and Apple keeps saying no over and over. :D

    Bluetooth - why? Bluetooth headphones? Wireless syncing isn't going to happen because the iPhone doesn't have it.

    I do think they are going to replace the back panel (solid back or white) and a better battery.

    If Apple wants to go for extra points, GPS and a camera would be nice - but highly unlikely.

    And possibly making it 32gb and 64gb. (Justification to keep prices around the same)
  11. illidian macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    How about how the iPhone didn't get any hardware upgrades that correlate to the iPod Touch?

    Surely the new version of the iPhone would have included anything that the Touch will include.

    3G? No. GPS? No. A flush headphone jack? Hopefully. A plastic back? Doubt it.
  12. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
  13. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    It's a phone. It got upgrades that correlate to the phone competition. The Touch's only unique feature (unless you count Cowan or Archos) is wifi. And while I'll admit it's my favorite feature, it's not the first PDA to offer wifi, email, calendar, contacts, touchscreen, or downloadable games. What the Touch needs is upgrades that correlate to the pocket media player competition.
  14. qacjared macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    You know the Back to school deal end on Monday September 15th. So I'm guessing we will know on the 16th.
  15. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    Bluetooth? iPhone doesn't have it, so no.
    GPS? A possibility.
    Memory? Maybe.
    Battery? Here, you're wrong. Apple can put in more expensive, higher energy density batteries with the same physical dimensions as current iPod touch batteries. Fairly certain.
    FM? Not without the iPhone.
    Second Jack? Splitters are cheap, why bother?
    TV Out? Has it, you just need the adapter/s (One for sound, one for video).
    Mic? Unofficially, there is no mic. However, the port on the bottom provides audio input pins. You can even have VOIP if you jailbreak your iPod.

    Agreed, Apple likes to release products over time.

    Why? Very few internet services provide fast enough internet to saturate a 54Mbps link, or even 11Mbps (802.11b). The average internet speed in the US is 2Mbps. The reason for Wireless-N is, at the moment, local area network file transfers.
  16. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    No, not really. I like my Touch plenty and don't really care what's around the corner.

    I don't know... I guess I'm just a little smarter than everyone else here ;)

    Boo hoo hoo :p
  17. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    So you don't know and you have to guess. I'll just ignore your posts from now on. ;)
  18. illidian macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    You aren't looking at this the same way Apple is.

    The iPod Touch is just a name for iPhone Lite.
  19. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Every other touchscreen phone out there is an iPhone Lite. The Touch is an iPod heavy. Apple didn't even put Mail or Contacts on the Touch to start with because Apple isn't thinking it of an iPhone Lite. They started out hoping to make it simply the king of their iPod media player line. Yes, it looks the same, uses the same OS, shares the same subset of apps, and so on. It's the users who saw the similarity and forced Apple to let us make them as close as possible in function.

    They want it to remain the king of the pocket media players. Features that other media players are getting should be their target. I have other players, and I listen to the ones with bluetooth. My Touch is handy for mail, weather, and checking my favorite web sites. Sure it'll play music, but the need to carry along earbuds means I'm not listening. With bluetooth, my bluetooth enabled players can play their audio over any of several bluetooth speakers in my house. If I want a personal performance, I can sync with one or two headsets. Bluetooth headsets also control the volume, Play/pause, next and previous of the device. The device can be 30 feet away.

    I'll agree Apple may not be visionary enough. Now that California is hands free, bluetooth wireless will become the nationwide standard for audio to your ears. I hope they aren't too blind to see that.
  20. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    But you have seen every single year, Apple doesnt give a rats-arse what other companies' feature-rich portables have to offer (Cowon, Samsung, Sony, Creative, MS, etc.). iPod products sell well nevertheless. So no, you wont see FM radios or bluetooth :p. Bluetooth was actually a possibility for the iPhone 3G but seeing that it didnt happen means the touch won't come with it either. Welcome to Apple reality.
  21. delsin2 macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
  22. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Apple reality: Apple had never made a phone, and Steve Jobs swore it would never happen.

    The iPhone has bluetooth, but it's a single channel version that works with monotone phone headsets and not stereo. I guess your facts are wrong. Typical Apple to go half way, and I'll bet they go the rest of the way for a "small fee" in the future.
  23. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    Everybody knows the crippled bluetooth that you have with the iPhone. I was clearly refering to
    But yeah, my bad for not being specific when I stated "Bluetooth was actually a possibility for the iPhone 3G". NON-CRIPPLED or HALF-BAKED Bluetooth.
  24. andybno1 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    you meaning the ipod touch to have 3g or gps? because from reading that it sounds like your saying they wouldn't add gps or 3g into the iPhone?

    only conceivable addon would be external speaker, apple would be stupid to add features there flagship mobile device has into an extended media player.

    bluetooth for headphones...... maybe but again VERY unlikely

    at the end of the day all I have to say to all these people who want 3g/gos/bluetooth/voice recording ability is............ are you ready?................... GET AN IPHONE!!
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    But if you get an iPhone, you need to get a phone contract, with service fees of at least $70 a month, if I understand correctly. A lot of people want features such as bluetooth/speakers/camera/voice recording/etc/etc without having to pay for a phone service.

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