Apple did not update the iPod touch, or iPod nano for that matter, last September, which left many people longing for shiny new devices. Instead, they added white models, and lowered the entry-level pricing from $229 to $199 on the iPod touch.
Luckily for those waiting, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report addressing Apple’s upcoming release plans, pointing towards a September-October schedule.
Kuo has a strong track record when it comes to accurate information. His proposed schedule of launches would be with “all-new” iPod touch and iPod nano models. Details are slim, but he mentions the revised iPod touch using the new in-cell touch screen technology that several sources have mentioned will make it’s way to the next-generation iPhone.
Though all new design iPod touch and iPod nano will be launched, growth momentum will mainly come from the latter. The new iPod touch, like iPhone 5, uses in-cell panel, whose availability is limited in the initial stage. Shipments will therefore be hindered.
Kuo believes that strong quarterly growth in iPod sales will be driven by the new iPod nano, rather than the iPod touch, which will see constrained supplies due to the switch over to in-cell touch technology.
The mockup above is based on recent rumors that the iPod nano will receive a complete redesign, with a rectangular screen and home button, similar to iOS devices. Kuo, however, does not mention any information about the rumored redesign.