Future iPod Touch Referenced in Apple's iOS 5 Beta
Try as they might, Apple can't hide everything. Although the notoriously secretive company rarely dishes on unannounced projects, sometimes they don't have to for us to pick up on clues regarding forthcoming product releases, refreshes, or updates. The latest nugget of knowledge comes from the first beta of iOS 5.
According to a developer at iFans, references to an "iPod 4,2" have been uncovered. The current generation iPod touch is referenced as "iPod 4,1." Of course, it should come as no shocker that Apple is planning to upgrade the iPod touch at some point in the near future, as the company routinely does. Still, for some, it's mighty reassuring to be clued in that future refreshes are still planned
In recent weeks, confusion has run rampant as it pertains to Apple's upcoming plans for the iPod touch. When Apple announced its "Back to School" promotion earlier this month, no longer would a free iPod touch accompany the purchase of a qualified Mac. This reality prompted no shortage of speculation as to why Apple wasn't attempting to clear out its present inventory before a possible September iPod touch refresh, per annual tradition.
However, with the annual summer tradition of a new iPhone release being shelved this year, it isn't outrageous to think that Apple will similarly push the next iPod touch release well into fall if not into early 2012. At this moment in time, we simply have no concrete evidence to suggest when the next iPod touch referenced in iOS 5 will be released. If I were a betting man, though, I still wouldn't rule out a joint iPhone/iPod touch spectacle from Apple in the September time-frame we keep hearing about.