While the iPod is an iconic product that helped to reestablish the Apple brand throughout the past decade, the portable media player no longer plays as significant of a role for the Cupertino-based corporation. iPod sales have steadily declined over the past few years, with 35.2 million iPods sold in 2012 compared to 50.3 million in 2010.
In the past five years, Apple has shifted its focus to the iPhone, iPad and Mac as its three dominant consumer product lines. Apple has neglected to update the iPod classic for what feels like forever, and the fifth-generation iPod touch was finally released last fall after a two-year hiatus. Okay, the iPod nano is the exception. But that thing is constantly changing.
For this reason, one would presume that Apple might skip out on releasing a sixth-generation iPod touch later this year. Asides from Apple’s apparent disregard of the iPod family these days, the fifth-gen model isn’t a pretty great portable media player to begin with. The device is practically an iPhone, with a 4-inch Retina display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and ultra-thin design.
There is, however, some room for improvements to be made. The latest iPod touch has a paltry 512 MB of RAM and 1 GHz dual-core processor that is underclocked at 800 MHz; in a perfect world, I would want the sixth-generation iPod touch to have 1 GB RAM and at least the full 1 GHz processing power. Furthermore, why not include USB 3.0 support for ultra-fast file transfers? It is a content consumption device, after all.
I’ve always approached the iPod touch as the playground that kids grow up with before switching to the iPhone. In essence, the iPod touch is a great testing ground for Apple to experiment with hardware and software features that could ultimately make their way to iPhone. Having said that, it would be nice to have NFC and flexible glass to boot.
A few weeks ago, I posted a thread within the iFans forums asking you to post your own iPod touch 6G wishlists. If you haven’t yet chimed in with your own ideas, I encourage you to join the conversation. And for the sake of the inner “iPod touch Fans” that we all are within this community, let’s hope Apple does in fact release an iPod touch 6th gen this year.