Apple’s iPod touch line of devices seemingly went defunct in 2016, with the firm no longer updating the line with new hardware. For many, this seemed logical — as smartphones spread and became more ubiquitous — an iPod touch that was a gimped smartphone seemed to stop making sense. when you could get your child a cheap new Android phone or older iPhone.
This reasoning hasn’t stopped Apple for working in a new iPod touch accordingly to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (though we suspect it may have played a part in the delay), and now iOS Beta 12.2 apparently makes reference to this new iPod.
I was doing some coding in iOS 12.2 Beta 4. I cracked this here on what a new iPod touch 7th generation could look like. HLipod is the 6th generation HLipod2 is a unreleased generation. *Notice no home button and it looks to be a full screen display.* @OnLeaks @stroughtonsmith pic.twitter.com/pXLzif5JMZ
— Johnathan Mitchell (@jaymit2090tx13) March 8, 2019
The new iPod would presumably take cues from the current breed of iPhones and iPads. It would drop bezels for an all screen display and adopt a gesture-driven UI. Apple might also drop the headphone jack as well, given the cultural popularity of AirPods.
Apple is expected to launch a new line of iPod touch devices in mid-late 2019 along with its 2019 iPhone and iPad refresh.