3G capable iPod Touch to coincide with iPhone 5 launch

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Normally this time of year we are waiting to see what Apple is going to do next with its range of iPods at its annual fall event. This time round all the focus is on the next iPhone and what that may bring, but today we have rumors that a 3G capable iPod Touch is to coincide with the iPhone 5 launch.

Redmond Pie is reporting that sources are suggesting that the next iPod Touch will have full 3G connectivity. Currently the iPod Touch has a Wi-Fi chip that is great when there is a Wi-Fi connection available, but as more services needs constant internet access it becomes a problem.

The upcoming iCloud feature of iOS 5 has features that will require constant connection to the internet and Apple’s servers. Since the device first become available many have seen it as an iPhone without the ability to actually make calls. This isn’t likely to change though even with the addition of a 3G chip, and will be exclusively for data just as it is in the 3G iPad.

Apple is reportedly talking to US carriers about monthly data plans that don’t have a contract. This is so users can cancel the service at anytime without getting any termination fees. There could be the possibility that with a few unofficial tweaks, calls and SMS may be enabled. This has already been done on the 3G iPad so may be used for the iPod Touch as well.

It is thought there will be a Wi-Fi only version available as well, and the device is set to look the same as the current model. We have already reported of the chance there could be a white version of the device this time round. But would Apple even ditch the device for a cheaper iPhone 4 that has been rumored for a while now?

Time will tell and we should only be a couple of weeks away now from hearing about the iPhone 5 and iPod range. Would you like to see a 3G capable iPod Touch?

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  • Azatura

    The reason for the iPhone 5 release date delay is to coincide with the iPod Touch release date and this is because they are going to be the same device – full screen with no physical home button, ultra slim and with cruved aluminium back.  Also to go will be the sim card