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iPod Touch 4 predictions: 7 things to expect and a few unlikely ones

We have been covering the rumors around the 4th generation iPod Touch for what feels like almost a year now, and i have to admit that i don’t think there are many people that can yet with certainty say exactly what the feature list will look like.

Here are however our lists of what we predict the new iPod Touch 4 will look like and feature, scored based on how likely we think each element is.

1. A faster processor

We would be nothing but shocked if Apple does not mirror the improvements in processor from the iPhone 4 and iPad for the new iPod Touch 4 as well. We are expecting at least the equivalent processor of the iPhone 4 as well as a doubling of RAM.

Score: 9 out of 10

2. Camera – front and back

We are perhaps asking for too much when looking for both a forward facing facetime camera as well as a camera at the back of the iPod Touch. Many who have commented on these rumors before have said that this will take the iPod Touch 4 too close to an iPhone, and Apple would not do that. Based on rumors and leaked images of both the touchscreen front and new cases expected to be for the iPod Touch 4, we could be looking at Apple reproducing the camera features of the iPhone 4. Besides Apple has stated that bringing facetime to more of their mobile devices is part of their strategy.

Score: Facetime camera 9 out of 10 – Camera at the back 7 out of 10

3. Built in microphone

It would be odd in fact if Apple brought  facetime camera but not a built in mic for the iPod Touch 4 as the two kind of goes hand-in-hand. The only thing that goes against it is the ability to use headsets with built in mic, as we know Apple loves to gear their products towards optimizing the accessory sales.

Score: 8 out of 10

4. Improved 802.11n Wi-Fi

Although as you will be able to see further down the list, 3G capabilities for the iPod Touch are perhaps unlikely at this time, an improved Wi-Fi connection makes sense in the greater scheme of things with more online gaming and facetime.

Score: 8 out of 10

5. Gyroscope for improved gaming

If Apple still wants the iPod Touch to be a portable gaming platform to be reckoned with they need to bring the gyroscope for improved gaming features.

Score: 7 out of 10

6. Retina display

This is another one of those iPhone 4 features that we would expect to see in the new iPod Touch 4. In fact anything other than a Retina display or better will be a disappointment. From what we can understand there is currently no big issues with the supply of these screens.

Score: 9 out of 10

7. Improved storage to 128GB

Now this is a good question as Apple has historically doubled the available storage for the iPod Touch for every new generation. However we did see that the new iPhone 4 did not receive a doubling in storage, and the Apple iPad received a max of 64GB as well for their models. Our prediction is that Apple will stick with 64gb for the iPod Touch 4.

Score: 4 out of 10

8. Expandable memory slot

Now there has been a few that has argued the case for Apple introducing memory card slots for the iPod Touch 4, but we still believe that this will be a big step away from Apple policy and therefore very unlikely. That does not mean that we don’t think it would be the right thing to do.

Score: 2 out of 8

9. Replicating the iPhone 4 design

Historically there has never been a big difference  between the design of the iPhone and the iPod Touch other than the iPod Touch being slimmer. Based on rumours and leaked case images we believe that Apple will retain the curved design for the new iPod Touch 4.

Score: 3 out of 10

10. Micro SIM card and 3G

Now this is a point that has raised a lot of discussion over the last few months, especially post Apple iPad release. Apple gave the iPad the option of 3G data connection by giving it a micro SIM card slot, so in theory there should be no reason for Apple not to introduce the same for the iPod Touch 4 as well. One of the main arguments against is that the iPod Touch in size is too similar to the iPhone, and with the improvements in VoIP applications running over 3G/4G this could be a potential threat to the iPhone. I actually think that Apple could quite safely do as with the Apple iPad and offer an upscale 3G version of the iPod Touch 4 for a premium price.

Score: 5 out of 10

11. A larger 5.6 inch screen

Besides the rumors about the 4th generation iPod Touch itself, there is nothing that is much hotter in the rumor mills at the moment than an iPad Mini featuring either a 7-inch or a 5.6-inch screen. For now it is probably most likely that Apple will bring the current screen size for the iPod Touch 4, and then perhaps launch a 7-inch Apple iPad Mini as well. Depending on the success of such a device we could see that the 4th generation iPod Touch could be the last generation, with Apple looking to bring different sizes of the iPad to the market instead.

Score: 1 out of 10

12. A price increase

Depending on how many of the above features will be implemented we would expect a small price increase for the iPod Touch 4. Retina display and increased memory for example is likely to push up the price slightly, same goes for camera (especially a double one). Historically Apple has been able to keep the price fairly steady while at the same time introduce additional features, so we would not expect a big price increase. In fact, if we are looking at a basic feature list we would expect a price cut.

Should they introduce a 3G version of the iPod Touch 4 alongside the Wi-Fi only model, just like they have done for the Apple iPad, then expect a similar price structure as for the Apple iPad.

Score: 6 out of 10

We will be back on the 1st September with extensive coverage as Apple finally gives us the answer to all our iPod related questions for the year, as well as updated iPod Touch 4 price comparison.

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