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Why You Shouldn’t Buy an iPod touch Right Now

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The iPod touch is a popular gadget to buy and give as a gift, but users should hold off on buying the iPod touch fifth generation for a few days as Apple could announce a new model at a media event this week.

Apple announced the iPod touch fifth generation at the iPhone and iOS event last year in September, upgrading the display to a 4-inch Retina Display and boosting the camera significantly. The current iPod touch will get an iOS 7 update with new features later this month, but we could also see a new iPod touch 6th generation.

The iPod touch 5th generation earned a Gotta Be Mobile Editor’s Choice Award for delivering a premium hardware experience with access to the iTunes App store and a markedly better camera than previous iPod models.

Read: Cheaper iPod Touch 16GB Cuts Price by $70

Apple updates the iPod line regularly in the fall, soon after back to school promotions end, usually around the time of a new iPhone. This year we have not heard many rumors about a new iPod touch, but it is still a good idea to wait until after the event to buy a new iPod.

Apple could announce a new iPod touch 6th generation this week.

Apple could announce a new iPod touch 6th generation this week.

The iPod touch 5th generation is a marked improvement over the earlier model, and we could see Apple deliver further upgrades to the device to take advantage of new iOS 7 features and enhancements to the iPhone which could trickle down.

One sign that Apple may not be ready for a new iPod touch or any new iPod models is the introduction of a cheaper iPod touch 5th generation earlier this year which cut the price by $70 and removed the camera.

Still, Apple routinely announces new iPod models in the fall, to deliver a completely new lineup in time for the holiday shopping season and it could still be planning such an update for this year.

iPod touch 5th generation benchmarks.

iPod touch 5th generation benchmarks.

The iPod touch 5th generation uses a slower Apple A5 processor which cannot match the iPhone in performance. the iPod touch 5th gen still works with many games on the app store, but a better processor could help Apple deliver a better mobile gaming experience.

Apple is adding support for iPhone and iPad controllers in iOS 7, and with a boosted processor the iPod touch and a new gaming controller could be a formidable gaming machine that could further take a bite out of Sony and Nintendo’s mobile business.

We could see iPod touch controllers this fall.

We could see iPod touch controllers this fall.

Apple could also bump the 5MP camera up to 8MP, essentially borrowing the iPhone 5′s current camera for an improved photo experience. While most of the focus of a dual-LED flash is on the iPhone 5S, the iPod touch is also a potential candidate.

We will soon know if Apple is planning a new iPod touch as Apple holds an iOS 7 and iPhone 5S event on September 10th where we expect to see several new Apple products.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

8 Comments

  1. J

    09/09/2013 at 10:28 am

    There was no new iPod Touch in 2011. Hopefully an upgrade will be announced on Sept. 10. Or maybe Apple has decided iTouch upgrades should come every other year.

    iPods have always been my favorite Apple product and I’m always looking forward to the next product announcements.

    • keeptruthfree

      09/11/2013 at 1:15 pm

      nope, no iPod announcement. Why would you write an article without knowing what you’re saying. Now you look foolish.

      • playnice

        09/11/2013 at 6:25 pm

        Keeptruthfree you are the fool, this was written Monday and speaks of the iOS event this upcoming weekend. Buy a clue before you post.

  2. Jack

    09/11/2013 at 4:22 pm

    Apple ipod touch 6 specs should be A7 chip Finger print scanner M7 coprocessor 8 MP i Sight camera 1.5 MP facetime camera
    iOS 7 dual LED flash 4.5 retina display 1200 by 700 display.

    There stupid if they dont make a better ipod touch.

  3. Spidey

    09/16/2013 at 11:59 am

    I hope the new iPod touch is awesome!

  4. Amanda

    09/26/2013 at 3:46 pm

    I hope it will be available soon :)

  5. Adnan Malik

    01/27/2014 at 1:40 am

    Since iPod touch 6th generation was not released last year. It is almost certain that the new iPod Touch 2014 is coming out this fall essentially 8MP camera (like you mentioned) and specs similar to iPhone 5C.

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