iPod Touch Makeover: Apple to Give Major Face-Lift by End of 2012
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While iPhones and iPads are always snatching away the limelight from other Apple products, the Cupertino tech giant apparently is trying to change the situation. In its first such attempt, the company is reportedly giving a major overhaul to its PMP (Portable Music Player), the iPod Touch.
An increasing number of reports suggest that Apple will give a make-over to iPods by the end of this year. MacRumors, on Monday, reported that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, known for his previous accurate predictions on Apple's product plans, has released a new report detailing Apple's upcoming release plans.
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The report has clear information that the company has a very busy September-October release schedule. The release spree will begin with the "all-new" iPod touch and iPod nano models. While details on the specifications of the device are still not readily available, it is expected that, like the next generation iPhone, the next revamped model of iPod will also have in-cell touch display technology.
According to Kuo, "Though all new design iPod touch and iPod nano will be launched, growth momentum will mainly come from the latter. The new iPod touch, like iPhone 5, uses in-cell panel, whose availability is limited in the initial stage. Shipments will therefore be hindered."
Supporting Kuo's prediction, Japanese blog Macotakara said that Apple is prepping a 4-inch LCD display ditching the existing 3.5-inch display. Internals of the PMP will resemble iPhone 4S technology. But the back-case of the new iPod will have a "buffed aluminum" instead of the glass back of the iPhone 4S or the current mirrored aluminum of the iPod touch.
Macotakara says (translated) "According to the sources of information Asia, we talk about the new iPod touch (5th generation), and have adopted the same as four inches LCD iPhone 5. Such as the CPU is to be the same as the iPhone 4S, the rear is no longer a casing mirror finish so far, been changed to aluminum material of satin, the color seems to be available in black and white. Hole on the back side and apart from the camera, but as one more hole toward the bottom, do not know what to do for it."