Apple Said to Update iPod Lineup this Year


Citing an inside source familiar with Apple’s future product plans, AppleInsider reports that we could see a iPod lineup refresh this year. Don’t set your expectations too high, though.

The iPod, just like the Apple TV, is way overdue for an update: The latest refresh was pushed out in 2012. What the source and AppleInsider suggests, though, is that Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats could have something to do with an upcoming iPod update.

Ipod touch

As the source says, Apple could retain the 4-inch screen and maybe use one of the custom processors it designed for the previous-generation iPhones. The latest version of the iPod touch uses the A5 chip. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are powered by the A8, so there is a huge discrepancy there.

Another interesting aspect is the storage options: The latest iPhones have the 128 GB option, but the iPod’s storage is currently limited to 64 GB.

What remains an open question, though, is why they should upgrade a product that doesn’t bring too much revenue, especially with sales shrinking with each quarter. Apple has even stopped providing separate sales numbers.

Also, the music industry is moving toward music streaming services, instead of music sales, which have shrunk during the past few years. So what are Apple’s plans for the iPod? I guess we’ll get a hint when the company unveils its revamped Music streaming service incorporating Beats knowledge and technology.


  • Parksy

    My personal opinion is they should drop the iPod Touch altogether and instead roll with a Nano that has a higher capacity and a 16GB Shuffle (with a clip) that includes Bluetooth. My 6+ is too big for the gym. I’m currently using a current generation Nano with an armband. Size is ok but the armband is annoying. Prefer a clip.

  • NoOneCares

    Apple didn’t skip 64GB with iPhone 6 – they skipped 32GB.

  • Matric

    Parksy, have you tried bluetooth headphones? thats all i use at the gym and love it. Can get a decent pair at for about 20 – 30 bucks with free shipping.

  • IstvanFekete

    Right, thanks!

  • Rio

    Why not get an Apple Watch now then for the gym? 😛