The Apple iPod touch 6 is coming and will have a release date at some point in fall 2014, the main reason this has to happen is how natural the update will be for 5th and 4th generation owners. They wouldn’t want to get an iPhone 6, in some cases, and we’ve seen and received enough testimonies from users to clearly see the need for an new 6th-gen iPod touch.
Once October arrives in 2014, it would have been two years since the 32GB and 64GB current generation models launched on October 11, 2012. Apple’s iPod touch 6 would likely have a release date within the same month, or at the earliest during an event in September this year.
Apple iPod touch 6 with fingerprint scanner, a natural update – whether you hate this feature, or not, it seems almost certain that TouchID will be included with the 6th generation model thanks to this being a natural upgrade on most Apple devices. You’re sure to see this feature on all iPhones, iPads, and iPods in time.
We touched on the iPod touch 6 release date still having a traditional launch window at the start of this year, and some of the best reasons to want the 6th-gen were given by our readers. Most iPod touch users, there’s a lot of them, wouldn’t want to see Apple discontinue the media player and users tend to keep the device for a long period of time before purchasing a new one.
One Product Reviews reader explained, “I hope the iPod touch 6th-gen arrives, I will upgrade from 4G to 6G. I reckon if Apple really delivers with a full upgrade, then we could see iPod Touch sales a lot higher”. Another added, “I have a bad feeling that Apple could be planning to stop production, I just hope I’m wrong as I want to see a sapphire crystal screen, Touch ID, and lower price point added this year”.
We’ve seen many reasons why the iPod touch is needed in the Apple product lineup and one of the best came in this comment, “I have a 4G iPod Touch and a 5G. The 5G goes to work and my office, on walks/hikes, and to the library. My 4G always stays at home and both still work great. I like my iPod touch on the coffee table for music while reading, and for quick weather updates or to check emails quickly. My favorite part about the iPod touch is how it delivers most of the iPhone features, but without having to pay for a monthly data plan thanks to many free wi-fi hotspots, and Internet at home. When the iPod touch 6G releases I will probably update for the faster chip and other new features expected after a 2 year gap, it’s a great value device that needs to stay”.
Glow in the dark iPod touch 6 – this seems like one of the craziest suggestions we received from our readers, but we can see the appeal if the specs were done right with mood changing features. Would you really want your new iPod touch to glow in the dark? There’s covers that do this right now, even if they wouldn’t be as fancy as something built-in.
Personally, we can’t help but notice the interest in the iPod touch decline since a high in 2010/2011. Apple will know this as well, and also back that data with falling sales, so it will be interesting to see what they do in late 2014. We hope they keep supporting an amazing device that is a great stepping stone to smartphones for kids, and an upgrade many would want over a phone. The fact Apple hasn’t mentioned the discontinuation, is another reason to expect something new rather than a replacement.
Let’s not forget the Dr. Dre Beats audio sale to Apple, so this would certainly stand a good chance of that technology or branding being included with future iPods in some way.