A very questionably sourced report claims that the next iPod Touch will join the iPad and iPhone and gain 3G data connectivity. That’s certainly always been the dream, and it would be enough for many iPhone users to ditch their cell phone contracts and go totally VoIP on a cheaper iPod Touch. But is it really plausible?
According to Applespot.Nl, which has no history accurately predicting Apple announcements.
This will be as his work as the iPhone, where you have a 3G subscription from your ISP, then the SIM card into your iPod Touch key. The choice to add to 3G iPod Touch lineup is not even a very bad idea from Apple, it was obviously true. The only question is how this is received by the telecom farmers, since the use of Skype then will shoot up considerably.
Look, I think everyone would like a 3G iPod Touch, but there’s two concerns here. One is that a 3G Cellular Radio adds a lot of bulk to a device, and for the iPod Touch to be 3G capable, it’d likely have to get thicker. Remember, Apple couldn’t even put a decent camera module into the iPod Touch because of space concerns… and the guts of a working 3G modem are a lot thicker than that.
Then there’s this question: would Apple really kill off the iPhone golden goose like that? Introduce a 3G capable iPod Touch and all of a sudden, you’ll have a lot of users migrating from a $699 smartphone to a sub-$300 PMP that can also work as their phone. That’s a lot of potentially lost profit.
Take this rumor with a grain of salt for now. I truly hope that the iPod Touch gets 3G at some point… but I just don’t think it’s likely to happen anytime soon. Maybe when the iPhone goes LTE?