Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

Summary: Here's a gadget that would make tons of consumers happy while likely angering some big wigs at mobile companies: an iPod touch 3G.

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Here's a gadget that would make tons of consumers happy while likely angering some big wigs at mobile companies: an iPod touch 3G.

Dutch blog AppleSpot is (loosely) reporting that Apple could be introducing a 3G-enabled version of the iPod touch this September. The timing at least fits as that's when Apple usually rolls out new iPods, and the next generation of the iPhone is expected to be unveiled this fall as well.

However, I say "loosely" for a few reasons, namely there isn't a named source, there are very few details, and this page is translated by Google Translate. (Nothing against Google - it's just I don't speak Dutch, and Internet translations are never 100 percent accurate.)

Nevertheless, let's just think how awesome this iPod could be. Apple already has a similar offering in the form of the 3G-enabled iPad. The only thing that the iPod touch truly lacks when it is compared to the iPhone is 3G connectivity and the ability to make phone calls. (But seriously, how many of us even use the iPhone to make calls anymore. The reception is never stellar - especially if you live in San Francisco or New York City.)

Thus, the iPod touch would be an incredible bargain. If there was ever the need to make phone calls, users could just use Skype, Google Voice or another VoIP service over 3G or Wi-Fi. As for texting, with the pending arrival of iOS 5, which includes free texting between iOS devices on iMessage, that solves a problem for at least that specific demographic of mobile device owners.

Yet, it's a double-edged sword for mobile service providers. We could either see a spike in data plan subscriptions with AT&T and Verizon (and any other carrier Apple might partner with now that the door is open), or a severe drop in voice plans.

The latter is most likely. Nevertheless, given that both AT&T and Verizon have dropped unlimited data plans, this could still be a boon for those providers. Just think about the larger (and more expensive) data plans people might want and then all the overage charges when someone used Skype just a bit too much.

Personally, I would definitely switch over to a 3G iPod. I barely talk on the phone as it is, and I have over 4,000 rollover minutes. I just like my iPhone for the apps and Internet connectivity. It's also pretty.

An iPod touch 3G sounds like a lovely idea, but I won't believe it until I see it.

[via Gizmodo]

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Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • Nonsensical idea, since there is already iPod touch 3G: it is called iPhone

    ... 3Gs.

    3G support is exactly what makes iPhone 3Gs/4 much thicker comparing to iPod touch. Also, iPod touch has metal case, which is relatively tolerant to Wi-Fi, but not to cell network, which is very capricious in bad signal areas (this is why Apple had to stop using aluminium case since original iPhone). The price also would differ significantly.
    DDERSSS
  • Man this is hilarious !!!

    So Apple is going to release the iPhone (4 years after release) and somehow the "blogger" thinks that this is new news.

    Man, are ZDNet "entry level" standards really this low?
    wackoae
  • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

    I can't believe you actually posted this...
    jeremychappell
  • Itâ??s also pretty.

    .
    sackbut
  • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

    Its the iPad mini!
    LoverockDavidson
  • It's also pretty.

    .
    sackbut
  • Sounds like the iPhone 3G S.

    Where do these rumors come from?
    Bruizer
  • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

    Really?! You would ditch the phone and go with just a touch 3G? While the rest of the world is trying to consolidate devices they carry by combining functions, you would ditch your phone and just carry a touch, which would leave you without the ability to make calls anywhere without 3G service? you're porogative but I think you're high! Not to mention that from an economics side, voice calls on a cell phone are much cheaper than data through a carrier.
    mgrubb9
  • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

    Already have this, it's called a huawei pocket wi-fi with it's own battery and data plan and turns the cheaper wi-fi only version of devices into the 3G version, only better cos I can Technically face time on my iPod touch which may not be available on 3G version. The pocket wi-fi cost me $40 outright so it has already paid for itself when I got my wi-fi only iPad.
    haddles2000
  • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

    Never happen. First of all, the 3g component costs around $30. Apple always likes to make a big profit on anything they make, so they will mark up the Touch by at least $75. The 3g iPad makes my case. With the same amount of memory, it costs $129 more than the wifi version. After adding $75 to the cost of a 8gb model $229, that's $300.

    Apple likes to keep price tiers on all their products. They lure you in with a low price iPod, getting you hooked on iTunes. Then they want you to upgrade to a touch or iPhone with bigger profit margins. And then buy an iPad or Mac.
    mstrsfty
    • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

      /grumpy old man
      Andre Richards
  • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

    Interesting that you say "(But seriously, how many of us even use the iPhone to make calls anymore. The reception is never stellar - especially if you live in San Francisco or New York City.)"

    What DO you use to make phone calls?
    jhencken
  • I went the other way

    Dropped my cell plan, carry around a mifi lte 4g from verizon and use line2 as my phone. So i get phone and data on my iphone and ipad for $58 a month (line2 is 8 a month with my own number and unlimited texting).
    No tetheering charges, no separate data/cell and it works great.
    sportmac
    • RE: Apple rumor du jour: iPod touch 3G?

      @sportmac : Sounds interesting, what do you mean by "line2"? Is that a part of the MiFi mobile hotspot?
      johnnylately01