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Apple refreshes iPod lineup with new colors and several internal updates for iPod touch

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After three long years, the iPod lineup has finally seen an update. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and iPod touch have new consistent colors and the touch received updated internal specifications.

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The iPod nano and iPod shuffle have the same specifications down the millimeter from the previous generation, but they have new colors. The pale pink, blue, yellow, green and purple colors have been retired in favor of a darker blue and pink and new gold. The silver and space gray colors are the same. Now every iPod model is available in the same colors.

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The iPod touch comes with a better camera, much faster processor and a new Apple exclusive storage option. The iSight camera on the rear of the iPod appears to be similar to the iPhone 5c camera with an 8MP sensor while the FaceTime HD front camera appears to be the same one found on the iPhone 6 with a 1.2MP sensor. The rear camera can also record in slow motion up to 120fps and has cinematic video stabilization. In addition, the iPod is powered by the 64-bit A8 processor with M8 co-processor and has Bluetooth 4.1 technology, which is a step above the Bluetooth 4.0 technology in the iPhone 6. The iPod now has four storage options: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $249, 64GB for $299 and the Apple exclusive 128GB for $399. The design of the iPod only received a minor update with iPod touch loop button disappeared.

The new iPods are available to purchase on Apple.com with shipping in one business day.

Apple accidentally leaks July 14th as new iPod lineup release date

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With the release of iTunes 12.2 earlier this month, Apple accidentally leaked new colors for the iPod lineup and potentially even revealed the release date. A new report on French blog iGen.fr agrees with this release date and gives us more information about the updated iPods, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

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Typically when Apple launches a new product, they put the release date on all their marketing materials as the calendar date on the Home screen. If we look at the iPhone 6, for example, the date is Tuesday the ninth which points to Tuesday, September 9th (the day of the announcement). The leaked images of the new colors for the iPod touch show a calendar date of Tuesday the fourteenth. The only Tuesday the fourteenth coming up would be next Tuesday, July 14th. The French blog reports that this is the release date as well.

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Their report shares more information about what to expect with the new iPod lineup. In addition to the new gold, electric blue and fuchsia colors for the iPod lineup, there will be specs upgrades for the iPod touch. The iPod touch, which is codenamed “n102,” will see a slightly new design with the iPod touch loop removed, an upgrade to a 64-bit processor, potentially a higher megapixel camera and more. The iPod nano and iPod shuffle are only expected to see the color refresh and hopefully, at least the nano, will use Apple Music.

Longer shipping times, especially for products that has been around for three years, indicates that something is about to change. The iPod lineup are seeing shipping times from one business day to up to ten business days. How convenient that the new iPods will be here in three business days…

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New iPods reportedly delayed until early 2015

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At Apple’s most recent event, we hoped that they would update the iPod lineup since it has been two years since the last major update.  The fifth-generation iPod touch came out in 2012 and new ones would have fit perfectly with Apple’s “it’s been way too long” event invitation.  According to updates by MacRumors and a report by Hallels, the iPod lineup will be updated in early 2015 and the iPod touch may borrow a few features from the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

iPod touch lineup in October 2012.

iPod touch lineup in October 2012.

Apple originally planned to update the iPods during their usual timeframe in September, but due to delays in development and testing, they won’t be announced until early 2015. Apple is also reportedly testing larger screen sizes for the iPod touch and attempting to fix the “bendgate” issue that is present on the iPhone 6 Plus.

No other rumors have come out yet, but we expect the iPod touch to borrow more features from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor (the same one that’s found in the iPhone 4s and iPad 2).  We should at least see an upgrade to the A8 processor.  The camera is also only 5MP and the new iPad Air 2 was given an 8MP sensor so the iPod touch will likely have this as well.  Other features might include the Retina HD display, more storage capabilities, Touch ID and Apple Pay.

Apple may be looking to hold a special event in early 2015 where they will announce the release date for the Apple Watch and the new iPods. This would make the most sense, especially if the smart watch will work with the iPod touch for Apple Pay.  The watch was announced alongside the iPhone 6 in September so it was viewed as an accessory to the phone and not a standalone product. An announcement with the iPod touch would allow Apple to retain the view that the watch is an accessory.  I can also see the iPad Pro being shown off at this event.