During the past weeks we have certainly covered quite a good number of rumors and speculations with regards to Apple's hardware, from the iPhone, to the iPad. This one however concerns the iPhone's younger sibling, the iPod Touch. According to a report by Dutch blog AppleSpot.nl, the fifth generation iPod Touch will support 3G connectivity.
Yes, the iPhone's younger brother will allegedly get 3G connectivity. According to AppleSpot.nl:
It will work just like the iPad; you get a 3G enabled simcard from your provider and put that in you iPod Touch. Apple’s choice of bringing 3G to the iPod Touch isn’t all that weird, if it’s true of course. Question remains how the providers will react to this, since the use of for example Skype will skyrocket.
With the iPhone 5's expected announcement this coming September, it comes as a no surprise that rumors about the iPod Touch is starting to rear its head. It is already fairly implied that the next iPod Touch will have a better hardware specs like better ram or camera. But if this report from AppleSpot.nl turns out to be true then the fifth generation iPod Touch will be having 3G capability.
The only problem is the said Dutch Blog did not really provide any source that would be considered credible. And basically the website doesn't have any track record with regards to insider information regarding Apple. But somehow this particular rumor still doesn't sound that incredible. And if you are going to think about it, a 3G enabled iPod Touch makes quite a lot of sense.
Apple advertises the iPod Touch as like an iPhone without the phone. Which means no basic phone functionalities such as making calls, SMS text messages or 3G connectivity. The iPod Touch is primarily marketed towards kids and teens. And as it is, especially with the fourth generation, the iPod Touch is already a very capable multimedia machine. You can play pretty much every iOS games, music playback, access social apps like Twitter or Facebook and the likes. Add to that its price point which is around $230 and you got yourself a highly accessible and functional gadget. The only thing that seriously hampers its potential is the lack of connectivity.
Adding 3G capability to the iPod Touch would be quite a sensible move for Apple. With 3G, the usability of the iPod Touch would skyrocket. We all know that WiFi hotspots isn't as widespread as 3G. While you can listen to your music and play games on your device, some of the iOS apps are basically useless without a connection to the Internet. With 3G, the device will finally be able to live up to its full potential.
But one could argue that this is what the iPod Touch is supposed to do and there are people who doesn't want to be bound to a carrier contract. So what Apple can do is, just like with the iPad that have WiFi + 3G and WiFi only models, the next gen iPod can also be offered in a similar manner. Apple could also capitalize on the new 3G iPod Touches by selling prepaid data plans or maybe a micro-SIM of some sort.
According to 9to5Mac, if only Apple will add voice+data chips, GPS and include a 3 megapixel camera to the next gen iPod Touch, then it could essentially turn into cheaper version of the iPhone that has been rumored lately. [via 9to5Mac]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback