The newest (and unannounced) iPod touch, the 6th generation, was expected to be announced at Apple’s October event since it fit perfectly in line with their theme. The iPod, however, wasn’t announced and we just passed over two years since it was last updated. Some recent rumors point to a major update with larger screen sizes, better battery life and other internal improvements in early 2015. Some analysts, like Janna Dela Cruz of Christian Today, believe that the iPod will be here for Christmas, which means an Apple event is imminent. Regardless of when it happens, it will likely be within the next year.
Searching for “iPod touch 6th generation” on Google does return some search results; specifically a page on Walmart.com. The page is full of current and older iPods for sale under the title “iPod 6TH Generation.” These same iPods appear on the page titled “iPod 5TH Generation.” Whether this is an accidental mistake or a hint at a new Apple event, that remains to be seen.
There are no other sites talking about the 6th generation iPod touch, we haven’t seen any leaked parts or heard any rumors. So this probably was a mistake unless we start to see more evidence of the iPod.
UPDATE: It was likely an error, but Apple accidentally leaked three new colors for the next-generation iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle in early July 2015. Check out the post here.
There are less then 12 hours remaining until Apple’s next special media event where they are expected to announce the next-generation iPads, updated Macs, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay release dates and a surprise product.
An iPhone 6-inspired concept for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
It is no surprise that there will be new tablets announced at Apple’s event today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which are the confirmed names, will feature a similar design to their predecessors and a few new updated components.
For the iPad Air 2, rumors have suggested it will be a little thinner, but still have mostly the same design. New external features, like single row of speaker holes and recessed buttons, will help the tablet to lose a few millimeters. Apple is also rumored to move the microphone from the top center to the left side, next to the camera. The mute/sound switch may be taken off completely. For internal specs, we expect 2GB of RAM, A8X processor with M8 co-processor, 8MP camera, Touch ID Home button and more updated internal components.
The iPad mini 3 will have the same design as it’s predecessor and only gain internal upgrades. Besides the new Touch ID sensor on the Home button, not much else is known about the tablet.
The current iMac, credit: Apple
Although we typically only focus on mobile devices on Device Geek Blog, we can’t ignore that Apple is planning on announcing a few new Macs at their event. The 27-inch iMac is rumored to get a 5K Retina display, which would double its current resolution, we will find out the release date for OS X Yosemite and other software like the new Photos app for Mac and iLife and see an updated Mac mini.
iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.
Leaked internal documents for some of the retailers who will support Apple Pay showed the release date for their store. Walgreens said it would be on Saturday, October 18th and Panera Bread said it would be Monday, October 20th. Regardless of when stores will start allowing it, this means that Apple will likely launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay immediately following the event (or within a few hours).
The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.
On the event invitation, Apple wrote “it’s been way too long.” It is believed that this line is referring to the Mac since it has been a while since the Mac mini or iMac have been updated. The invitation also uses the apple outline from when Apple celebrated 30 years of Mac so this screams Mac. There are other products, though, that haven’t been updated for a long time. For example, the last major update for iPod happened alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPod touch is still rocking the single-core A5 processor. For comparison, the iPhone 6 has an dual-core A8 chip, which is a lot more advanced, has 64-bit architecture and comes with a M8 co-processor. The Apple TV also hasn’t been updated since March 2012 at the iPad 3 event. It has the A5 processor as well. Apple, finally, may also be launching new Smart Covers for the iPad Air and iPad mini in new colors. Although it’s not as exciting as the iPod or Apple TV.
iPad Pro? Retina MacBook Air?
We likely won’t see either of these until 2015. Apple may hold an event in the beginning of the year, like they did in January 2012 when they announced textbooks on iPad. The event may be focused on education as well, aiming the new hardware to educational institutions, students and professors.