Apple has done its best to keep the iPod touch 6th generation specs from leaking out ahead of its release date. In fact the company is busy pretending the iPod 6 doesn’t exist, going out of its way not to mention it during either its two most recent product launch events, while continuing to sell the 5th generation model at full price. But its specs are easy to determine, from the A8 chip to the display sizes, to when it’ll hit the market. Here’s what we know:
The iPod touch 6th generation will run on the same A8 chip as the iPhone 6, making them functionally the same device in terms of processing power and app compatibility. While not quite as certain, it’s a strong likelihood that the new model will come in 4.7 and 5.5 inch display sizes, again following in the footsteps of Apple’s latest smartphone.
What’s hazier is the issue of colors. Apple has spent the past two years selling the iPod touch in what could most easily be summed up as kids’ colors, mostly bright neon hues aimed at suggesting that the product is only suitable for teenagers, and that adults should get around to buying an iPhone instead. Apple slightly backtracked on this by using the same colors for the iPhone 5C, but that product didn’t sell well.
Shifting the iPod touch 6th generation to the same metallic colors as the iPhone 6 would be a strong indicator that Apple is serious about making the iPod 6 a mainstream hit product. If it again arrives in day-glo colors, that points to Apple once again attempting to limit the iPod touch to a younger audience in the hopes of steering adult consumers toward the iPhone, which is more profitable. But just when will it arrive?
Apple has been waiting for the long running iPhone backlog to clear before putting the iPod touch 6th generation into production. Ship times have been condensing, which suggests the iPod touch 6 should arrive very early in 2015.