iPod Touch to Get Refreshed Alongside iPhone 5 Release

The Japanese Apple-focused blog Macotakara has kicked off another turn of the rumor mill surrounding the iPhone 5. However, this time, it doesn’t directly relate to Apple’s defining smartphone. Instead, the blog says a new model of the iPod Touch will be launched alongside the next-generation iPhone, sharing the latter’s screen size and operating system.

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The rumored new iPod Touch won’t have the same internal components as the iPhone 5, but will instead be a mash-up of the upcoming smartphone’s 4-inch display size paired with the iPhone 4S’ dual-core A5 chipset. The report didn’t address the screen’s details: whether the screen would have the same high-resolution IPS-based Retina Display as the iPhone 5 or if it will ditch the high-quality IPS panel in lieu of a regular LCD while keeping the same resolution.

Macotakara earlier claimed that Apple will release a redesigned iPod Nano with a new chipset and display technology. If true, then the Cupertino-based company may be gearing up to launch four new consumer electronics devices before the year is out: the new iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and an all-new 7-inch iPad Mini.

On the computer front, Apple is also rumored to be planning a refresh of its range of iMac all-in-one desktops by September, releasing the machines alongside a 13-inch version of its flagship Retina MacBook Pro.

If we add in the release of its desktop and mobile operating systems – Mac OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 – the next few months should be an interesting time for Apple fans.