Apple’s iPhone 5 isn’t the only iOS device stretching out of its old design.
According to iOS developer Will Strafach, Apple’s iPod Touch is also receiving a design upgrade this quarter, featuring the same taller, 4-inch screen and include the same “Retina” resolution as the iPhone 5. The blog claims to have leaked photos of the new iPod Touch’s front panel.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Apple will announce its new iPhone 5, but other key announcements, including a completely refreshed iPod family, are expected to be made. The iPod Nano and iPod shuffle are also expected to receive a fresh design.
MacRumors reports that the new iPod Touch will also run on a 32-nanometer A5 chip system — the same chip used in the iPad 2 and third-generation Apple TV.
The iPhone 5 will use a brand new, quad-core A6 chip processor.
The iOS developer that broke the news also tipped off Apple fans today about a possible new feature for the camera on the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch that would support taking panoramic photos.
A panoramic photo mode would allow users to take multiple pictures of a scene that doesn’t fit in the frame of the iPhone’s camera and stitch the individual photos together to create one new image.
If done right, the panoramic feature could compete with some of the popular third-party apps, like 360 Panorama, that allow users to do the same thing.
By making the iPod Touch more like the iPhone (minus an earpiece and cellular capabilities), app developers would have an easier time testing apps across one platform.
Other things that are still unclear about the new iPod Touch:
- Colors: Will it break away from Apple’s coveted black and white panels?
- Siri: Will Apple’s personal assistant make its way to the iPod?
- Name: Will Apple continue calling it the iPod Touch? Maybe the New iPod Touch?
- Marketing & Price: Who will this be geared toward and how much will it cost?