“The invites have been sent out, the blog posts have been written, and it’s time for the expected second-punch from Apple as the Cupertino-based company is set to update its product line up once more,” Ewan Spence writes for Forbes. “I can’t help but come back to that phrase ‘It’s been way too long‘ on the invites. It has been a very long time since the iPod Touch has been updated (the fifth generation was announced in October 2012).”
“While I don’t think the iPod Touch is going to die like the iPod Classic in September, the small specifications update in June to the 16 GB model accompanied by a slight price drop was probably the last hurrah for the line,” Spence writes. “A hurrah that should see it through the festive season, and not much further beyond.”
MacDailyNews Take: Okay, so Spence predicts the iPod Classic is on death’s doorstep.
“Launching an iPod Touch 6th Generation would keep the iPod Touch in Apple’s domain for another year, probably two. Does Apple need a standalone media player alongside its smartphones, tablets, ultraportables, and desktops? Does Apple still need a price conscious piece of iOS hardware to act as an on-ramp into the ecosystem? Does Apple still want to be in the media player business when there is no apparent growth in the iPod market? Can you justifying saying yes to each of those?” Spence writes. “I think I could. And it has been way too long…”
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MacDailyNews Take: Okay, so Spence predicts an update for iPod touch that will keep it around for, potentially, years.
So which is it? Slow death or rebirth? Way to cover your bases, Ewan. All of them!
What do you think? Is the 6th generation iPod touch coming next week or not?