Rumor: Apple's next-gen iPod touch will gain 64-bit A-series processor in July 14 launch

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited July 2015
Apple is expected to launch an updated iPod touch next week, a refresh that is likely to bring new colors and updated internals that reportedly include a move to a more recent 64-bit A-series application processor.




There is no word on which specific processor Apple will choose, notes French website iGen, but it is expected to be a 64-bit variant. The iPhone 5s's A7 would seem a likely choice, which might also mean the inclusion of the M7 motion co-processor.

The iPod touch currently uses the 32-bit A5, which makes it -- along with the A6-toting iPhone 5c -- one of only two iOS devices yet to make the 64-bit transition. The 5c is expected to be replaced with an updated "iPhone 6c" this fall.

Apple is expected to launch the iPod touch on July 14, a date first revealed in promotional images discovered earlier this month in iTunes 12.2. That refresh should also bring new pink, gold, and dark blue color options.

At the same time, Apple is likely to extend those colors to its iPod shuffle and iPod nano, as AppleInsider first discovered in some iTunes 12.2 resource files. That is likely to be the only change to the older iPod models, however, as they are not expected to receive internal revamps.
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  • Reply 1 of 32

    The A7 is most likely. I wouldn't be too surprised to see a memory boost on the Shuffle though, perhaps to 4GB. It might even be cheaper than keeping it at 2GB.

  • Reply 2 of 32
    I remember when the A7 shipped, it was met with disparaging lies, disbelief, doubt, and fact-free defensive statements about the supposedly already 64-bitness of Android. The perfect storm.
  • Reply 3 of 32
    I remember when the A7 shipped, it was met with disparaging lies, disbelief, doubt, and fact-free defensive statements about the supposedly already 64-bitness of Android. The perfect storm.

    ...and Samsung said they would have 64 bit processor by the end of that year... 2012 I think. Only silence since then on the subject. Meanwhile a lot of noise about how fast their 32 bit CPU can go... without mentioning that it can only do that briefly before being throttled back due to over-heating.
  • Reply 4 of 32
    ...and Samsung said they would have 64 bit processor by the end of that year... 2012 I think. Only silence since then on the subject. Meanwhile a lot of noise about how fast their 32 bit CPU can go... without mentioning that it can only do that briefly before being throttled back due to over-heating.

    The iPhone 5s shipped in Sept 2013. The standard tech press talking points was how "disappointed" people were, then it went on to sell even stronger than the iPhone 5 or any previous iPhone model before it. Yet the press never keeps score of their failed predictions.
  • Reply 5 of 32
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,452member
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    ... Yet the press never keeps score of their failed predictions.

     

    We do......daily

  • Reply 6 of 32
    19831983 Posts: 1,101member
    The iPod Touch update - Probably the last it'll ever receive before quietly fading into the sunset of gentle obsolescence...
  • Reply 7 of 32
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,865member
    The A7 is most likely. I wouldn't be too surprised to see a memory boost on the Shuffle though, perhaps to 4GB. It might even be cheaper than keeping it at 2GB.

    I'd be surprised and delighted if they just made the Shuffle clip larger and more functional.
  • Reply 8 of 32
    mcarlingmcarling Posts: 1,106member
    I don't know whether or not the A7 can support Apple Pay. I hope and expect the new iPod Touch to support Apple Pay, so perhaps it will get an A8 (if the A7 cannot support Apple Pay).
  • Reply 9 of 32
    Perhaps this will be the last update for the iPod Touch line, but I think there is still a viable market for a portable IOS device that costs about 1/3 the price of an iPhone and does not require a data/phone service plan.
  • Reply 10 of 32
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,770member

    I don't understand why an iPod Nano still costs more than $100.

  • Reply 11 of 32
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
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    Originally Posted by 1983 View Post



    The iPod Touch update - Probably the last it'll ever receive before quietly fading into the sunset of gentle obsolescence...

    I'm not so sure: under the ever greedy clutches of the service providers a Touch offers more and more value for some. Much of what an iPhone offers without the thousand dollars a year service plan..... especially as WiFi keeps proliferating. 

  • Reply 12 of 32
    icoco3 wrote: »
    We do......daily

    If only it had any effect. The press still gets to bestow "well-connected with a strong track record" on whomever they wish.
  • Reply 13 of 32
    tiger2tiger2 Posts: 23member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jfc1138 View Post

     

    I'm not so sure: under the ever greedy clutches of the service providers a Touch offers more and more value for some. Much of what an iPhone offers without the thousand dollars a year service plan..... especially as WiFi keeps proliferating. 




    i agree.  I teach in a K-8 school and while there are a surprisingly large number of students with iPhones, many, many more have an iPod Touch instead.  Providing this device helps to fill a niche and to bring them into the Apple ecosystem at an early age.

  • Reply 14 of 32
    Perhaps this will be the last update for the iPod Touch line, but I think there is still a viable market for a portable IOS device that costs about 1/3 the price of an iPhone and does not require a data/phone service plan.
    Yep - that's me!
  • Reply 15 of 32
    pscooter63pscooter63 Posts: 896member
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    Originally Posted by Frank777 View Post

     

    I don't understand why an iPod Nano still costs more than $100.


     

    Yeah, I don't understand why a BMW 2-Series still costs more than $32k, either...

    /s

  • Reply 16 of 32
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,770member
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    Originally Posted by PScooter63 View Post

     

     

    Yeah, I don't understand why a BMW 2-Series still costs more than $32k, either...

    /s




    Well that's just 'cause BMWs are overpriced. :D

     

     

    But the iPod market (Nano not Touch) is mature and declining to the point that it doesn't even warrant its own page on Apple.com anymore.

     

    I think part of the reason for the decline is the gap between the 2GB Shuffle for $49. and the 16GB Nano for $149.

     

    I think a 4GB Nano for $99. would hit the sweet spot nicely.

  • Reply 17 of 32
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 2,568moderator

    Pretty impressive to see the iPod Touch, clearly near the bottom of Apple's product portfolio, getting real 64-bit processing capability before many Android Phones will have true 64-bit apps running on them.  That is so rich!  How can you not love Apple?

  • Reply 18 of 32
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,550member
    Perhaps this will be the last update for the iPod Touch line, but I think there is still a viable market for a portable IOS device that costs about 1/3 the price of an iPhone and does not require a data/phone service plan.

    There is if Apple could reimagine what a hand held computer is potentially useful for. Apple seems to be missing the boat here as there are many industrial/commercial applications for a handheld computer without cell access. It is really just a matter of adding the right feature sets to iOS and providing an unobstructed access to specialized hardware.

    Lets look at it this way, the music player market is in a nose dive. There is nothing especially bad about that but that doesn't mean that hardware like Touch needs to fade away, they just need to consider expanded markets for the device.
  • Reply 19 of 32
    zeus423zeus423 Posts: 37member

    I'm more than happy to buy a newer iPod Touch and not pay a monthly bill to greedy cell phone companies. My old flip-daddy phone works fine. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 20 of 32
    The iPod touch is what Apple would make the phone if they didn't have to put a cell radio in it. I look at it as a leading edge design indicator, NOT the tail end of a product line. Pay careful attention on the 14th.
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