In light of product transformations and spec bump-ups, Apple decided to finally eliminate the iPod Touch, fourth-generation, this year. Although Apple will discontinue sales of the product, the product itself still bears the Apple name and logo and still belongs to Cupertino. After nine long years of waiting, Apple finally won the patent for the 4th-gen.’s iPod Touch design (2004-2013). It may not sell under the Apple.com store anymore, but you can be sure that Amazon sellers will have their iPods ready for purchase. Amazon always has good deals on iPods and allows you to make back a great deal of money from the iPods you sell to other Amazon users. A third-generation iPod Touch, for example, costs $275 or so at Amazon.com. That is still expensive, considering that the fifth-generation costs somewhere around $329 (the same price as that of a 16GB iPad Mini).
A little history behind the iPod Touch: when the iPod was first created in 2004, it was not known as a touchscreen device; rather, the iPod was created in the classic fashion: a digital MP3 player that had a click wheel on the front of the iPod display. To play the music, you would press a portion of the click wheel to start, stop, pause, and rewind the music. Unlike the contemporary iPod Touch, however, the original had 20GB and 40GB versions — a world away from the 16GB devices that Apple now sells today.
Apple later added colors to the iPod and increased its capacity to 60GB. Eventually, Apple started to make iPod Touches, iPods that combined the love of the iPod design with the capacitive touchscreen and Internet access. In many cases today, consumers purchase iPod Touches because they are the closest thing to an iPhone (without cellular connectivity). The iPod Touch third-generation provided for both music and Internet access as well as camera capabilities — however, it did not provide the classic FaceTime HD video experience we now know and love. Only with the fourth-generation iPod Touch did Apple get serious about its microphone and video chat capabilities, adding FaceTime to the iPod lineup. The fifth-generation focused more on photography and Apple’s full-length photo feature whereby you can capture an entire scene in any picture. The feature lets you survey the room by moving your iPod Touch slowly in both directions; then, the camera shot combines all parts of the scene into one photo. It’s a cool feature that lets you see more than just the immediate scene of the photo. Getting a sweep of the scene also lets you know about cool moments in time that are behind the photo — around it, above it, beneath it, and beside it.
With the sixth-generation iPod Touch that will debut this summer, however, many believe that Apple is starting to deconstruct the iPod Touch until it will be no more. The 5th-generation iPod Touch saw the removal of the ambient light sensor. According to Apple, the light sensor was removed so that the device could live up to Cupertino’s “thinner and lighter” mantra that it touts at product presentations. It has been rumored that the new iPod Touch will not feature a camera, one of the iPod Touch’s famous features. Again, this makes sense if the company hopes to produce thinner and lighter products. Yet and still, Apple’s removal of its iPod Touch camera looks to be nothing more than a step in the direction that leads to the elimination of Apple’s iPod Touch line altogether.
Sources say that Apple’s iPod Touch line will eventually give way to a smart watch known as Apple’s iWatch. Nevertheless, it will be a sad day when Apple kills its iPod Touch line. Music players such as the iPod (after the MP3 player) are reminiscent of an earlier time. Today, technologies such as smartphones are reaching saturation and other wearable technology such as the smart watch is unchartered territory.