The surest sign of an impending iPod touch 6th generation launch is the shortening of inventory for the 5th gen model. And since Apple likes to turn over all of its iPod line at once, the second surest sign is the fact that the current iPod shuffle has all but vanished. In recent weeks, inventory of the iPod touch 5 has become gradually more scarce, with shipping times in the online Apple Store growing progressively longer – but now they’ve been buried entirely.
In an apparent effort to bury the storyline and throw off those looking for clues, Apple has replaced all of the shipping times for the iPod touch 5 to simply read “In Stock.” This initially looks like a return to full availability. But the online store’s terminology for that is “Ships within 24 hours” and this is instead merely an attempt to hide the shipping times entirely. Throw in the fact that the iPod shuffle is now facing seven to ten day shipping times, and it appears that the iPod touch 6th generation and the entire next-gen iPod lineup are just around the corner. But there’s more.
With this being January, Apple is loathe to hold a press event, particularly for something like the 6th generation iPod touch, which the media would find to be too minor to receive its own event. Apple could simply drop the new iPod models on its website this month with little fanfare. But it’s just as likely that they’ll be debuted as sideshow products at the Apple Watch launch event in the spring time. So the iPod touch 6 release date may not be as close as inventory suggests.