Rumours are circulating that the fifth-generation iPod Touch is expected to get an overhaul before its release later this year.
Japanese blog Macotakara is reporting that the touch-screen iPod is set to receive a 4in display, updated processor, smaller design and new casing. The upgrades would make the latest Touch similar to the rumoured new iPhone. Analysts expect both devices sometime later this year.
The Macotakara report is in line with a similar rumour from MacRumors. The Apple-centric website spoke with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said he expected the new Touch would offer an in-cell touch-screen like the next iPhone. In-cell touch-screens combine display and sensor components, making screen assemblies thinner when compared to previous models.
If reports are true than the iPod Touch could get overhauled in conjunction with both the iPhone and iPad.
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that a new iPhone would receive a larger 4in screen. The larger screen was reported to be part of Apple's attempt to keep up with Android phones which are consistently sporting larger screens.
Last month, a video appeared showing a larger and slimmer iPhone. The potential iPhone 5 showed a liquid metal backside similar to what is rumoured for the next iPod Touch. A liquid metal casing is said to be a more wear resistant material than what is currently found on Apple devices.
The fifth generation iPod Touch is rumoured to sport an A5 processor. The new processor would give the iPod Touch the same power as a current iPhone 4S.
Rumors have been circling that Apple was planning a major announcement for device overhauls later this year. Analysts expect that if such announcement where to occur it would happen sometime in September.
Apple has also been rumoured to have a smaller iPad in the works. In an attempt to keep up with devices like the Kindle Fire and Galaxy Nexus 7, Apple has reportedly been building a 7in tablet.
Apple has so far been quiet on any rumoured device upgrades.
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