Hit-and-miss Japanese publication Macotakara is adding its latest insight to the rumor mill, claiming that Apple will release a new iPod touch that is taller and powered by the A5 chip found inside the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The report adds that the iPod touch, which has not received a hardware refresh in nearly two years, will gain a “buffed” aluminum shell that is similar to the iPad and currently has a hole on the back for unknown reasons.
These could be front panels in both black and white for the taller next-generation iPod touch
Little is known about what direction Apple plans to take with the iPod touch. With overall iPod sales in decline for the past several years, and talks of an iPad mini on the horizon, there has even been some speculation suggesting that the Cupertino-based company may ditch the iPhone-like portable media player altogether. Apple did introduce the iPod touch in a new white flavor alongside the iPhone 4S last year, while adding a Retina display to the device a year prior.