Rumors of a 3G supported iPod touch have been circulating for a couple of months now, though there hasn’t been much evidence to support them. But some new claims coming from AppleNApps suggest that the fifth generation iPod touch will sport an integrated 3G radio for accessing high speed data networks, much like a “mini-iPad”. According to the report, Apple has already worked out data plans with its partner carriers similar to the ones available for iPad.
While expecting a launch at the iPod media event this September, the source does indicate that there are “no guarantees” as Apple’s plans are subject to change:
After talking with multiple people over the past few weeks, we had a lengthy chat with one person who gave us great news about the next iPod Touch. We’ve used this person in the past, but they did qualify their remarks, saying that the iPod Touch changes should make it, but there’s no guarantee the changes will be ready for fall. The 3G iPod Touch idea intrigued us so much back in July, and we’ve been trying to find one of our contacts who can give some credence to the idea. A few have declined to comment, while others honestly have no idea, but the source for this report says that Apple is indeed working on a 3G iPod Touch. Apple is intent on announcing the device during their September event which they usually save for their iPod line, but will include the iPhone as well this year.
With the introduction of iCloud service, Apple would like to support as many iOS devices as possible with “always-on” data connectivity, a pretty good reason to speculate a 3G supported iPod touch. But then again, we are yet to see a concrete evidence regarding this claim as most iPod touch 5G rumors suggest only a minor refresh from the existing model such as a white color option or a better camera.