RUMOR: Apple’s next-gen iPod touch to get 3G data connectivity

“Apple advertises its iPod touch as an iPhone without a phone,” Christian Zibreg reports for 9to5Mac. “It works only with wireless hotspots and does not connect to cellular networks.”

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“Now, a Dutch blog called AppleSpot.nl is running a report this morning which asserts that a fifth-generation iPod touch will contain new antennas and circuitry for 3G data connectivity,” Zibreg reports. “[The] 3G in the next iPod touch will be for data-only traffic, like on iPad, rather than voice calls over a cellular network (excluding VoIP apps, of course).”

Zibreg reports, “With 3G, iPod touch [users] will be upgraded to the always-on computing. They will be able to use VoIP apps like Skype anywhere there’s WiFi or 3G coverage and carriers would surely welcome a new revenue stream by selling prepaid data packages and microSIMs…”

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26 Comments

    1. Or you could say that this is Apple’s iPad mini with optional 3G. This would be Apple’s answer to the dopey 5 inch Android slates. Now that the telcos are offering pay as you go tablet data options, this is very credible.

      iPad wifi — $499 and iPad 3G — $629
      iPod wifi –$199 and iPod 3G – $329

      However……

      Why not just have a single, no contract, 3G iPhone for $299, and simply ditch the 16 GB and 32 GB iPod touches altogether. Sure, it’s gonna have lower screen tech (like the current iPod touch) and maybe same single cpu instead of the newer dual core cpu.

      Apple could still sell an 8GB iPod touch with no 3G option for $199.

  1. sold.

    i have a pay as you go phone for occasional texting and emergency calls, but since most of my life is on Wifi I use my touch for just about everything. Adding 3G would allow to just use the touch.

    1. But what if you could have a 3G pay-as-you-go option like the iPad? Not to mention the GPS.
      Just pay for a month when you’re on the road for vacation or things like that.

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  3. A brillant idea for killing Android and keeping the iPod relevant. The carriers will love this as it will bring in more people to using online data without tying up their voice networks.
    Android has absolutely no track record of producing music player like Apple’s iPod.

    As a matter of fact this may grab some of those dildos that would buy a tiny 7″ cheap Android tablet which doesn’t fit in the pocket all that well.

    Also the really cheap ones that got Android phone simply because it was free but you had to sign up for an overpriced phone plan. This way they do not need to buy the phone part and can get buy for a lot less.

    A lot of people do not know it but if they are over 55 they may qualify for a free cell phone and free monthly minutes, not much just a 100 to 150 or so, but enough to be a life line.

    They would go hog wild over a 3G iPod Touch as it would make them assessable as if they had a smart phone.

    Apple pulls this one off – Android is all but dead in the USA.

    BTW, I thought Ice Cream Sandwich was a code word for a Nigerian Navy Seal Team.

  4. This is a very rational response to (or perhaps explanatory portent for) the adoption of metered service by the US cellphone companies. The carriers cannot prevent this and at the same time provide tethering and hotspot service for laptops; they will face an antitrust/regulatory backlash out the wazoo from the FCC. And for those who think this will kill Android — how hard is it to take the voice circuitry out of an HTC or Samsung device and sell a 3G/4G MP3 player? The key for Android makers is to come up with an adequate substitute for iTunes, and there are plenty of companies who are working on that as we speak. This would be a defensive, not an offensive, move by Apple in a bad economy.

    1. Paul Johnson, Android is not even close in the iPod cat. There are MP3 players out the Wahzoo but Apple is the one with legal iTunes and the share of all the rest is insignificant.

      Apple has legal contracts with everyone just about in the Music business. Google and Amazon do not. That doesn’t matter to the type who may buy Android but the final pieces of that puzzle have fallen into place with government pressure on ISP providers. As ‘illegal’ copyrighted material flows and is identified the ISP must begin warning the player that there will be consequences if they do not get legal (ie Apple). The consequences are total blocking of all Internet access after interim measures such as cutting their access speed and such.

      Even that pressure can be applied to Amazon to sign costly agreements or their entire operation could be shut down.

      No more going to court and costly lawsuits to terrorize illegal music traders and businesses with out agreements in place to pay royalties, just cut them off from using the Internet on their smart phones and broadband accounts.

      Sit back and watch seemingly unrelated events come together, it is quite exciting. Apple is clearly in the catbird seat with this new iPod as the Internet in the free world moves into uncharted waters.

      1. Tablet Guy, you are chattering and obfuscating the substance for some business purpose of your own (such as pump and dump?). Amazon doesn’t have agreements with music companies? Please!!! How fortunate for them that they can sell a vast library of MP3s without any legal agreements. If you are referring to iCloud-related agreements, surely those will follow along soon for Amazon. This “ISP warning” program is another figleaf over the inability of RIAA to stop peer networking. And, anyway, what relevance does that have to Android’s competitive progress, since they would be using the same ISPs as Apple and have cloud sharing on similar terms?

        1. Paul, Paul

          Google doesn’t have any significant agreements with the music industry. It seems no one in that industry wants to have anything to do with Google on Google’s terms.

          Too bad, so sad!

  5. The killer App here is texting through iMessenger or perhaps a texting plan. Kids seldom talk, they text. VoIP for the occasional call combined with texting is not a home run, it is a grandslam home run.

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