Why haven't they updated the iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by kslingo, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. kslingo macrumors member

    May 16, 2007
    I was thinking about this the other day, the iPod touch hasn't been updated since 2012.... Still rocking the A5 chip, so wouldn't that make it problematic with iOS 8?

    They are going to have to do something next year with iOS 9, because I have a strong feeling that A5 devices will be gone next year. Just my thoughts.
  2. na1577 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    iPod sales are pretty low these days so it's not a high priority for Apple. It may get another update or it may get discontinued, we'll just have to wait and see. In terms of performance, the iPod touch actually handles iOS 8 quite well and it wouldn't be a complete surprise if it gets iOS 9. After all, Apple still has two A5 devices in its current lineup.
  3. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    They're trying to force us into buying iPhone.
  4. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
  5. vinny3101 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2014
    I do. All my friends do. I'd update in an instant.
  6. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013

    You and your friends are a minority.
    Apple is going the other way.
  7. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    The new iPod touch is already here

    It's called "ask your relatives/friends to give you their old iPhones when they upgrade".
  8. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    The iPhone 5 doesn't even run iOS8 particularly well. No way will the A5 get iOS9 as those devices will be discontinued well before then.

    No-one wants or uses an iPT these days outside a few on these forums.
  9. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    You and your friends need to buy more iPod Touches...lots more... :eek:
  10. NeoX360 macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2007
    1. iPhone 5 doesn't run particularly well with 8? Mine runs awesome. Zero lag, runs as well or better then 7.1.2. So not sure what's wrong with yours but I know plenty of people with 5's and none of them have probs with 8.1.

    2. Never say never. As was mentioned there is still 2 devices with the A5 chip in the current line up, so you don't know.

    3. No one wants the ipt? Wow are you wrong. I use one at work, my wife loves hers, I have countless friends that use them in addition to their iPhone. I know someone at my local Apple Store and they sell quite a lot of them. They've sold well over 100 million units.

    It sounds like you are using these forums for your statements, and let me tell you, this is in no way accurate as to usage. Most people will never post on forums, especially if they are not having problems.
  11. Ffosse, Nov 8, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014

    Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    Really? My iPhone is slow as molasses with iOS8, not unusable, but not a great experience, either. And I'm not alone; the difference between it and a modern android device is readily apparent: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/11/07/why-you-shouldnt-install-ios-8-on-iphone-5/ Thankfully I have an Xperia Z3 Compact, the iPhone is pretty worthless to me now. Just a beater device, like my Moto G


    If people still want the iPT, why aren't they selling? Why hasn't Apple updated the 2011 internals? I work in a school and have yet to meet a child with an iPod Touch. Plenty of Androids, a few iPhones but no media players at all. Seems to me that your experience doesn't reflect reality one bit.
  12. Outrun1986 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    I don't see a lot of touches here right now because most of my family used to have touches but now they have iPhones. But at one point we had 5-6 touches between all of us. Some may be using iPhones without service, but it's to the point where almost every single person here has an iPhone. Honestly you don't see a lot of touches because those that would have bought a touch buy the iPad mini and those you see a lot of.

    Apple clearly expects us to buy used iPhones or an outdated touch.
  13. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014

    I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet, order a Z3c, and start the painful process of extracting myself from the Apple ecosystem. I keep waiting for things to get better but they seem to be getting worse.
  14. na1577 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    I'm sorry the iPhone 5 experience doesn't reach your high standards, but I have no issues with my iPod on iOS 8. It's not a powerhouse but it never was to begin with. It's perfectly adequate in day to day use. It's possible Apple may drop the original iPad mini and iPod touch before WWDC, but at this point they are still for sale and there have been no rumors of discontinuation.

    And nobody wants or uses them? Then why are they still raking in millions? They're not selling in massive numbers like they were in the iPod's heyday, but it's not like they're not selling at all. It's kind of strange how some people seem to be rooting for the death of the iPod touch.
  15. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'm not rooting for its death; it's already dead.
  16. NeoX360 macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2007
    Yes really. I have no lag or speed problems on my iPhone 5. Zero problems, other than a couple older games don't work right. But they haven't been updated since iOS 5.
    I upgraded mine through iTunes. For me it has been a great experience on the 5.
    Now my iPad 4 is laggy and buggy. I did a restore and it helped a little but it has definitely taken a speed hit with 8.1. I expected it to be similar because of similar tech inside, but the iPad 4 is pushing a lot more pixels.

    I am hoping these things will get ironed out with updates in time.

    Maybe it's a combination of software and apps or differences in device component manufacturing, I don't know. My 5 was purchased as a factory certified only about three months ago. It came with 6.x which I upgraded to 7.1.2 and finally to 8.1 when it was released, skipping 8.0.x.
  17. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    Really? Gee, I better let my family members know they're using a "dead" device.

    By the way, who appointed you the arbiter of device choice?
  18. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    really just bumping to two gigs of ram and sticking an a8 in there, leaving everything else the same would entail very little redesign costs or production costs and make it a viable device again for at least 3 years. i hope they do it. i love the form factor. if they stick it in something as big as an iPhone 6 I just have zero interest.
  19. RooneyCS macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    Cornelius NC
    iPod touch is Perfect for Businesses

    While the touch may not be a choice among individuals, it is a widely-used device inside businesses.

    We, as a global manufacturing company, use the touch for inside-the-plant use because it is not a phone, ergo, more cost efficient. They are Afaria-powered, so they are locked down to the internet, and we treat them as a consumable - break one and go get another - something we couldn't do with an iPhone. It has greatly increased productivity, and we've even implemented Push-to-talk on them.

    If they are discontinued, we would move to the iPad mini (itself a threatened species), and the more expensive devices become, the less we would be able to use mobile in new and exciting ways.
  20. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    I can't remember the last time I've seen anyone with an iPod Touch.
    Everyone I know that used to have one either has a smartphone and/or tablet.
    From what I see at the elementary school my daughter attends, kids don't have them either.
  21. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    I think I'm going with what many others said: there isn't much of a demand for iPod touches now. With Apple offering a free iPhone option (5C) or a really affordable iPhone (5S) on contract, people would rather go for that as opposed to an iPod touch. The only circumstance where I see the iPod Touch may sell is for the younger generation (2-13 years old) or people who use another phone as a primary driver but use an iPod to get the iOS experience. However, both are in the minority. Also, if you're going to spend $249 for a 32GB iPod Touch, you may as well spend $50 more for an iPad Mini Retina with superior specs.
  22. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    My iPod Touch 5 is running flawlessly on iOS 8. The only improvement that could persuade me to upgrade right now would be the Slo-Mo and Burst photo options.
  23. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
  24. ackmondual macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2014
    U.S.A., Earth
    You could further argue that you may as well get a Retina Ipad, or $50 more for a more later generation one. Much like how folks clamored for the Ipad Mini over the Ipad because the latter was too big, folks want the IpT over the Ipad Mini b/c the latter's too big as well. Can't fit inside a pocket, and can't really use one-handed.

    1) I want the 4.7" screen, so if it's just quicker insides, then I'm going to stick with my IpT5 until/if they ever come out with a larger screen IpT

    2) Those beefed up specs will really eat into the margins of the IpT6. If they charge +$50 or +$100 across the same tiers of capacities, that may dissuade enough potential buyers.
  25. nviz22 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2013
    Economically, the iPhone 5C is sometimes more cheaper than the iPod Touch, so sales could go down further. The Moto G is economically sound than the iPod touch too.

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