The four-inch iPhone that’s been rumored to return to join its now-larger brethren for the next generation of Apple’s smartphone hardware may not be happening this year as anticipated – at least not according to the latest analyst report we’ve seen. But even if that model is still a long way off, could there be hope for another petite iOS device? That’s what we’re wondering this afternoon as we check out a rumor that Apple’s finally getting ready to deliver a new iPod touch, one that could arrive later this year.
Considering how long it’s been since Apple really updated the hardware of the iPod touch models it sells, this refresh could mean a big boost for the handset’s hardware. Probably the most important factor there will be the choice of SoC, and while Apple would likely keep the touch a generation or so behind its new iPhones, anything would be an improvement over the A5 chip found in the latest iPod touch design.
The retention of the four-inch screen isn’t entirely assured, but this source at least mentions it as a possibility. And if the screen doesn’t grow, it sounds pretty unlikely that Apple would make the effort to increase resolution. Still, between a new SoC, maybe some additional memory, a camera boost, and modern hardware like NFC support for Apple Pay, it could make a lot of sense for Apple to introduce new touch hardware during this next product cycle.