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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.
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.