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Pinch Media, an analytics firm for iPhone OS developers, has found evidence of a third-generation iPod touch. An “iPod3,1″ string has been showing up as the version identifier in its online logs, with first- and second-generation identifiers for the touch being “iPod1,1″ and “iPod2,1,” respectively. In […]

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Pinch Media, an analytics firm for iPhone OS developers, has found evidence of a third-generation iPod touch. An “iPod3,1″ string has been showing up as the version identifier in its online logs, with first- and second-generation identifiers for the touch being “iPod1,1″ and “iPod2,1,” respectively.

In a blog posting, Pinch Media reported applications using its analytic tools on “iPod3,1″ devices first appeared in April, with usage increasing in May. Besides being popular, the applications being used appear to have no shared traits.

This isn’t the first time the “iPod3,1″ identifier has appeared, either. The identifier was found in a beta release of iPhone OS 3 in March, along with “iPhone3,1,” “iFPGA,” “iProd0,1,” and “iPod2,2″ identifiers. For that reason, this information should be treated as news, rather than rumor. However, there are rumors of new case designs for iPods, most notably ones with holes on the back for cameras, but it’s the identifier strings that matter.

With high confidence in the evidence of a new iPod touch, it can also be asserted that the new model will be released soon. For the last three years, Apple has introduced new iPods in September, including both generations of the iPod touch. Also, the current iPod promotion is scheduled to end on Sept. 8.

While the release of a new iPod touch in the fall seems to be a certainty, more nebulous is the question of the summer: Should I wait? The iPhone 3GS significantly outperforms the iPhone 3G due to a doubling of RAM, a new GPU, and a CPU running 50 percent faster at 600MHz. While the iPod touch would benefit from more RAM and a new GPU, the CPU is already running at 533MHz, making 600MHz less impressive. However, the CPU in the iPhone 3GS is under-clocked, its maximum being 833MHz. If this is due to power saving, rather than heat issues, it’s possible the next iPod touch could also see a boost of approximately 50 percent, and that would definitely be worth waiting for.

  1. Yay……..who cares?

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    1. Apparently not you. Thank you for letting us know. ;)

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    2. you read it…..so obviously you have nothing better to do or you care about it.

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  2. How about a patch for the current ipod touch… After upgrading to 3.0 my touch is 50% slower brower and app store ….but a new touch with cam would be nice

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    1. well rumored or not….

      the expectation is not far fetched, from articles to press releases, its for sure going to have more ram, and built in GPS, from everything I have found… the New Ipod Touch will run the Same Platform as the Iphone 3Gs with out the phone, and is rumored right now to come with a built in 2.0 Mp camera, although this does sound nice, the price is sure to be expensive,
      but again, until Apple gives the official press release, this can only be rumor or speculation… but I know I sure cant wait 64 GB’s built in Camera and full function Garmin GPS, with a boost of speed… I know I sure cant wait :)

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  3. iPod uPod theyPod Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    I’d like to see the following for the new iPod touch (and I don’t care for the camera):

    1. bluetooth headset profile (enabling microphone activity and not just speakers)

    2. radio (doubtful this will be implemented, but one could wish)

    3. haptic display (yeah right, not for this next generation, I doubt it!)

    4. wifi N speeds (not just b or g)

    5. a larger screen would be nice (but really doubtful)

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    1. Since the touch is basically supposed to be the phone… without the phone, why can’t the new one have GPS?

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    2. If you want a radio on the iPod touch, there are apps you can download, like a free one called iheartradio, that stream radio stations…

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    3. Yeah but its only useful when you have a wifi connection. That’s great, but when I am driving around, or at the gym, or whatnot, it doesn’t do me much good. I’m wishing the iTouch would have a data plan from a mobile carrier available so I have connectivity when wifi isn’t available. But, pretty much, that would be an iPhone, and I’m tied to Alltel, now Verizon for another year and a half.

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    4. At least 720p hd screens so YouTube looks amazing!!!!!! And more features for YouTube and myspace apps!!! And play more video formats for browsing Internet and updated flash player and updated everything for all the Internet stuff that u need just to see some pages and active-x thingy and pure amazingness and playlist.com app!!! And to be able to go and see ur myspace page from The real browser if u want to check out how ur profile looks or change settings not available from app…or add those settings thing to the app!!! AMAZINGNESS!!!!!!!!

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    5. I agree. A camera is nice but more ways to access and listen should really be explored. I think apple is late in the market with things like a radio, and in this economy just being an iPod won’t cut it.

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  4. Regarding a larger screen, conventional rumor wisdom now strongly favors a tablet device with multi-touch. A fall release would make sense for holiday sales, too.

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  6. theyPod, uPod, iPod, yPod? Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    I don’t know about that, Mr. Staff Comment Charles Jade. ;-)

    I wouldn’t want a table device for an iPod. Too darn large. But, a somewhat larger screen would be nice. The current physical size of the iPod touch is good. Now, if they can expand the screen and thus decreasing the border that would be great. Or, if they needed to expand the width of the iPod touch just a little bit, that would be fine too. As for tablet, no way. Don’t like that. I don’t want to lug around an Amazon Kindle like screen with me. Too big. And it’s a totally different market.

    I forgot to add that for #6, I’d add a built-in microphone. This way, one could use the iPod touch with Skype and without a headset. But, I think this is also highly doubtful. Of all the items I listed, I think only #4 is somewhat likely, and #1 a little bit likely. The others, they most probably won’t be implemented this time around.

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  10. I would like a adjustable equilizer, I noticed in the ipod touch some equilizer settings make no difference and act the same as if the equilizer is off, one of these settings is rock. This was not a problem in the ipod nano. I am surprised not to many people have complained about this, but it would be nice if this was addressed, I could sure use some more base response without loosing the highs.

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