Rumors about a 3G capable fifth gen iPod Touch (5G) have been around since a long time. Many customers have been hoping that Apple would release a 3G model similair to the iPad and allow iPod touch customers to access data networks from Verizon and AT&T.
Now, new claims about a 3G capable iPod touch 5G have surfaced, suggesting that one may be in the works at Apple labs, or better yet, ready for release next month.
AppleNApps is suggesting that Apple is indeed working on a 3G capable touch and is planning to release this month. However, as with all rumors, a warning label that Apple’s plans may be subject to change come with this rumor. If there really is a 3G iPod Touch, Apple is likely testing it out on partner carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Deutsche Telekom in other countries.
A few have declined to comment, while others honestly have no idea, but the source for this report says that Apple is indeed working on a 3G iPod Touch. Apple is intent on announcing the device during their September event which they usually save for their iPod line, but will include the iPhone as well this year.
Voice plans would not be available on the iPod touch, which would sport only 3G experience, similiar to the iPad. This would allow fifth gen iPod touch customers to browse the web on the go, check email, and possibly FaceTime in the near future (if carriers support it). Apple’s iCloud feature also gives way to a 3G iPod touch, allwoing thousands of iOS users to store photos and music, and to extend usage of Find My iPod touch.
The iPod touch has been rumored to also gain a white model, as with the iPhone and iPad, and will likely undergo a minor design change. This comes from property list files from the iOS 5 build, which showed a “iPod4,2” model. Its change as a minor “4,2” evolution of the existing iPod4,1 rather than being a full “iPod5,1” shows that the iPod touch isn’t expecting any major design changes.
Apple is expected to release new hardware, slight or major, this October, likely after the release of the new iPhone 5 and public release of iOS 5. In the past, iPod touch and other iPod models were released in early September, something that failed to make an appearance this year, pushing forward release dates for all Apple events and products.