Apple is planning an iPod 6 Surprise in 2015, with the first part of the year bringing the iPod touch 6th generation release date. This comes after multiple years of Apple releasing little to no new products in the first half of the calendar year, instead favoring the third and fourth quarters to launch new consumer products heading into the holiday shopping season. For complex reasons, the new iPod touch wasn’t able to be brought to market in the fall of 2014 as expected but that’s about to change.
The primary reason for the delay of the 6th generation iPod touch is more straightforward than some consumers may believe. The new product will share several components with the iPhone 6, from the A8 microprocessor to the 4.7 inch displays.
Because Apple has been unable to keep up with overwhelming iPhone 6 demand over the past four months, it’s held off on the iPod 6; putting it into production would have further strained iPhone supply. But in the past week, iPhone availability has finally begun to catch up with demand, with shipping times plummeting.
That paves the way for Apple to put the new iPod touch into production, clearing a path for an early 2015 launch. But just what all will it bring?
The key here is that the iPod touch 6th generation release date is aligning itself by default with that of the new Apple Watch. That points to compatibility between the two, and in turn suggests that the iPod 6 will be a full fledged next-gen product including everything from the A8 chip to NFC and beyond.
That’s good news for those who have been concerned that the Touch may be on its way out after the extended delays. It’s also a good sign for those who had become disappointed at Apple’s string of no-show new products in the first half of each year, as that’s about to change significantly in 2015.