iPod touch 6th Generation Release Not Coming in Early 2014

The iPod touch 6th generation release is not likely in the next three months as Apple advised investors that the company expects iPod sales to decline year-over-year in the March quarter.

During the Apple Q1 2014 Earnings call Apple pointed out the lower iPod sales through the holiday quarter and in an answer to Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer shared a short preview into the future of the iPod line which includes the much awaited iPod touch 6th generation.

Oppenheimer explained iPod sales are down year over year 52% in terms of units sold, adding we, “Expect them to decline year over year in the March quarter.”

Apple Q1 2014 ended on December 28th and the Apple Q2 2014 will end in March 2014 which suggests any new iPods including an iPod touch 6th generation will not arrive for several months.

Don't expect an iPod touch 6th generation release in the next several months.

Don’t expect an iPod touch 6th generation release in the next several months.

The iPod touch 6th generation was expected in fall 2013 during the iPhone or iPad events, but Apple focused on new iPads and iPhones. The only change Apple delivered in late 2013 was to offer the iPod touch in space gray. The iPod touch 5th generation that is currently on sale was announced in fall 2012, making them over a year old.

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Apple did offer a iPod touch without a rear facing camera in May, at a lower price, but this is not a new iPod touch that added features.

While many of Apple’s products have shifted to a fall release cycle it is possible that Apple will announce a new iPod touch 6th generation with an Apple A7 processor and some of the iPhone 5s features like slow-motion and burst mode in the March to June timeline, though these features are only speculation at this point.

Apple is not talking about the iPod touch specifically or about any features, but as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c age Apple could choose to add any of the following features to an iPod touch before introducing an iPhone 6 later this year.

  • Apple A7 processor
  • Touch ID
  • True-tone flash
  • Better FaceTime HD camera

It’s not clear what Apple will do with a iPod touch 6th generation, but in the past Apple used this device to offer some of the iPhone features in a product with no cellular radio and no contract or monthly cost. The iPod touch with a camera is $299 and the no camera model with less storage is $229.

Part of the reason Apple ignored this market is may be due to a push to get more shoppers to switch to an iPhone. From 2012 to 2013 smartphone sales to teens 13-15 grew 20% as teens and parents saw increased value in one always connected device.

Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to comment on Apple’s future pipeline during the earnings call, but that doesn’t mean we are in the dark. Analysts and insiders expect to see two new iPhone 6 models with larger screens in 2014. We may also see a MacBook Air Retina model in the middle of the year. Additionally there are rumors of a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display.

 

  

Comments

  1. Victor C says

    A 5″ screen, a GPS, an A7 chip with 128 GB memory, along with an improved camera is enough to get me to upgrade my 1.5 years old iPod Touch.

  2. Jess says

    I really like my 5th gen ipod touch! However, if the iPhone 6 has an around 5 inch screen, i am sure the ipod touch 6th gen will also share this screen. If the design is going to be close to the current gen…it may tempt me. I am guessing that it could have the proccessor from the iphone 5s. I just hope that they don’t price this one too high. leave your expensive pricing for iPhones/iPads.

  3. mark says

    I would love to see increased memory to lets say 128Gb. That would help my huge music library.

  4. Louis says

    We suggest? Your right sales of iPods are down but still they sell in good figures compared to other makes. I know myself and many others have been questioned by Apple last year concerning the next Gen iPod touch, who knows all the so called pictures hitting the net at the moment could actually be the next gen iPod and not the phone as it seems a little premature to be releasing a new phone in March/April weeks after the spec release of the S5.
    But we have to wait till March for Apple announcements to see whats what.

    • Louis says

      it seems they are putting old news with new news, The info on the ipods and the decline in sales had been mentioned a good year ago ( could be more ) in a previous wwdc for all the public to know.
      Not to mention your headlines and the info several months, then this would be around the same time for WWDC in March and then a release roughly a month later so no, no one had been expecting an early release of an iPod Touch 6th gen though this may or may not happen it just seems a little contradicting and in someways you will get the speculations right.

  5. maaen says

    I have always wanted a large iPod touch…about the size of a galaxy Note Phablet…just inside 6 inches. I look forward to the day that Apple bring out that sized iPod Touch. That is all I want from Apple…OH…. and 128GB of memory. I will be a very happy person….and you know ….the sales will rise upwards….
    This should have happened from generation 3 onwards..but Apple was too slow to understand the value of a larger screen size.

  6. Carrie (@deaddopedoll) says

    I have been waiting for 3 years to upgrade my touch from a 64….I can’t fit anymore on it. It’s slow and out of date. I use it for the gym and I need my gym app. It is only made for ios. I can spend 500$ and get it in a different color? Get with the program apple you’re sales are declining because you need to offer something bigger and better instead of spray painting the case.

  7. Pete says

    My ipod touch 4 with 64gb is still my favourite wee gadget. Great for holidays with music, games and films. Ive never upgraded as personally find the price too high. An ipod 6 with 128gb under apples ludicrous pricing of storage would surely be close to £500. I live in hope that they adjust their pricing between 16/32/64/128.

  8. M T says

    Yeah… when is the new Iphone 6 coming out?????…. b/c Samsung is waiting breathlessly to reverse engineer and copy the technology for their new generation smartphone. God knows Samsung lack any innovation but exhibit a phenomenal talent in copying the leader in technology. Why invest in R and D when you can steal it from the tecg leaders and get your country’s supreme court to side with you. Isn’t that right, Samsung? Samsung, I am waiting to buy your next generation smart phone. it wouldn’t be nearly as good as Apple’s Iphone but due to my lack of fund… I rather buy some cheap piece of copycat product for pennies on the dollar than spend loads of money on the real deal. GO SAMSUNG.

  9. maaen says

    I have waited for an almost 6 inch size IPOD TOUCH for a few years now …I know we will never get a six inch size but at least it could be near enough that size???
    But I doubt if my wait will ever be rewarded….I have never wanted an IPHONE. …It is too expensive and it has a sealed up back and I cannot really add extra memory…..As far as Apple products go I would not buy anything other than an IPOD touch…..That is as far as my love for Apple will stretch….. I still look forward to a large IPOD touch….I hope we will be lucky enough in the 6th generation…. I would have preferred it to be in the 3rd Generation…. but Apple thinks like a SLOW MO….which is very sad.

  10. Tjp says

    So, an iPad mini? Me, I want the iPhone to have 256gb of flash. Covers my core apps, and all my music library and my main photo library. And for Apple to be more realistic, and make steps for memory closer to $50 than $100, still 4x plus at the lower levels over cost of step up, and $50 on iPad models for GPS and cellular data. There are feature phones for $100!!!

  11. Gerald says

    Will there even be an iPod touch 6th generation considering the current gen is becoming unpopular and getting older since 2012?

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