Report: iPod Touch in Final Stage of Product Cycle

Report: iPod Touch in Final Stage of Product Cycle

Neil Hughes for AppleInsider writes:

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, an analyst with a strong track record in relation to Apple’s future plans, said in a research note this week that the iPod touch “has entered the final stage of its product life cycle.” The latest version, released this month for a starting price of $299, has a larger 4-inch display, but sales are still expected to be significantly affected by the iPhone, which can be had for free with a new two-year contract, and the new $329 iPad mini.

Essentially, this analyst believes that the iPhone and iPad mini will cannibalize iPod touch sales enough for Apple to show less interest in the device. At the same time, it is suggested that Apple would not discontinue the iPod touch even if it decides to place its focus on other product categories.

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