It is rumored that Apple are in the process of developing a new iPod touch, thanks to a report from supply chain blog Macotakara. And in addition to a revised iPod touch, the iPhone may just make the jump to USB-C, just like last year’s iPad Pros.
Details surrounding the changes to the new iPod touch remain unclear as of yet but with the 6th generation iPod touch last being released in 2015, it’s a long overdue update. The latest iPod remains on sale for $199 and boasts 32GB of storage.
Having more iOS users means that there is more call for users paying for iCloud storage, a greater amount of Apple Music subscribers as well as more users in the App Store and iTunes Store. This means that an entry-level iPod as an ideal way for Apple to be able to continue to grow its install base whilst also extending the segment of its services.
It’s also an ideal device for younger users who are not yet ready for a smartphone. The iPod nano and Shuffle were both discontinued in 2017 meaning the iPod touch is the only iPod still sold by Apple.
Macotakara’s report also raises the possibility that iPhones released in 2019 may make the switch to USB-C, just like 2018’s iPad Pros. Such a change wouldn’t prove too revolutionary given rumors of the last few years that the iPhone would eventually adopt USB-C.