Generally, it may be simple to overlook that in 2021, there’s an iPod contact nonetheless that can be purchased. Apple truly launched the factor in early 2019, so it’s not even that previous! However with so many more recent gadgets on the market within the wild, particularly the iPhone, nobody might blame anybody for forgetting concerning the iPod.
And but, there have been rumors of a brand new choice coming down the road for a short time now. There was some hypothesis that Apple might announce that new mannequin this fall, maybe alongside the iPhone 13 lineup. However, yesterday, it was reported based mostly on some speculative phrase of mouth, that Apple’s truly going to announce the brand new system in 2022.
And Apple could tie it to the corporate’s digital actuality aspirations.
For individuals who might need missed it yesterday, Robert Scoble, a vocal VR evangelist, took to Twitter just lately to speak concerning the new VR headset from Apple. It was all very transient, however, in that preliminary tweet, Scoble additionally dropped the bomb that Apple’s new iPod contact will debut across the identical time Apple unveils the headset, too. Why? As a result of, based on Scoble, the brand new experiences launched within the new iPod can be much more strong within the headset.
Scoble suggests the brand new headset will launch in Christmas 2022. And, it’s doable, that the brand new iPod might nonetheless make its debut earlier than the top of this yr. Particularly if Apple does need it to be some form of preview for what’s to return within the VR headset. Although, if that’s the case, one would think about Apple would launch the merchandise extra carefully collectively.
That being stated, there’s no cause the iPod contact has to die out. Issues may get attention-grabbing in relation to design and display dimension, although, contemplating the iPad mini exists. The iPod contact already has a 4-inch show. Do you launch a 6.7-inch iPod contact? What options do you cram into it in comparison with the Professional lineup of iPhones? Related cameras? Related OLED show? The place would the corporate draw the road?
Truly, an important query could be: does the brand new iPod (contact) supply a 3.5mm headphone jack, identical to the present mannequin? As a result of that will be wild.
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Does a brand new iPod in 2021 make sense? Or in 2022 for that matter? I feel it does. It’s a superb system. Will get the job accomplished, so to talk. It’s an amazing handheld gaming system (particularly with Apple Arcade), shops loads of music (or simply faucets into the Apple Music vein), and if it drops the bezels it could possibly be a good way to observe films in a pinch, too. It might be attention-grabbing to see them add mobile connectivity — which might assist with all these aforementioned perks, too.
And for folks who need their children to have a tool with a bunch of options baked in, with out getting them an iPhone, the iPod contact is a superb different. A pleasant improve within the specs division isn’t a foul thought in any respect. However, what do you assume? Would you purchase an iPod in 2021 or 2022, whether or not for your self or for another person? Or ought to Apple hand over on the system altogether and simply launch an iPhone (at a barely increased worth) and name it good?