With AirPower officially dead, it’s time for Apple to move on to bigger, and
Featured alongside the current generation iPod Touch [above] Ma’s design is incredibly gorgeous and a definite upgrade. Featuring a 5″ liquid retina display, the A11 bionic chip, and a 12mp camera – Ma’s design also shy’s away from one thing fans have hoped to see in the iPod Touch for some time: biometrics.
While Ma’s design clearly doesn’t showcase any visible biometric sensors (such as cameras for FaceID, or a home button for TouchID) it’s worth noting that Samsung has recently begun work on embedding FaceID sensors beneath displays – and touch sensors have been
It’s entirely possible that these are both factors Ma considered when rending this gorgeous iPod Touch 8.0 and it actually ‘features’ both TouchID & FaceID – we just can’t see either of them hidden under the display.
Does it make business sense?
It may not be necessary to put R&D dollars into the production of a new iPod. Most consumers who have the need for the product already have an iPhone. There’s only a certain amount of innovation Apple can iterate before their costs become too high. After all, Apple has already released phones that are well over the $1,000 benchmark.
The case can be made that the iPod Touch is a less expensive option, but the fact remains that the two do not coincide. Apple may even be cannibalizing it’s own business by improving the iPod.