Industry scuttlebutt from CES 2019 suggests Apple is looking to market a next-generation iPod touch device to stimulate services revenue from Apple Music and the App Store. Separately, sources claim the company is working to integrate USB-C into a 2019 iPhone model.
Citing "several" Apple supply chain sources, Japanese blog Mac Otakara on Tuesday reports the tech giant is developing a new iPod touch model that will act as a gateway to services like Apple Music.
As noted by the publication, Apple's sixth-generation iPod touch launched in July 2015 and at $199 for a 32GB version represents the most affordable mobile access point to a host of digital services.
Running iOS, the current device is capable of streaming Apple Music over a Wi-Fi connection, while users can purchase and download apps via the iOS App Store. Hardware features are lacking in comparison to iPhone, with a more than four-year-old A8 processor, 8MP camera and 4-inch display, but the parts selection is for some worth Apple's asking price.
Further details were not provided and it is not clear if the supposed iPod model will be a complete revamp or a simple specification update.
Sources also claim Apple is mulling a transition from Lightning to USB-C connectivity for its next-generation iPhone. Those involved say the project has not yet yielded a reference design, a critical step on the way to mass production, though the company is apparently working toward that goal.