Over the past few days, news surrounding Apple's earnings and how they did not reach estimates that were predicted by analysts have been floating around. Now all eyes are turning to Apple's next generation hardware. Though most people are focussed on the brand’s flagship handset, the gadget that revolutionized the market, the iPod, is making some news. A report by Macotakara states that Asian sources have informed them that the next generation iPod touch will feature a design change as well as a bump in internal specifications.

The report states, “According to Asian source, new iPod touch (5th generation) will have 4 inch LCD which is the same size with coming iPhone 5. CPU or other spec is considered to be same with iPhone 4S, and has different back-case design, which will be not mirror polished but buffed aluminum one. And it seems to be prepared black and white color model.”

Features a display measuring 4.1-inches

Features a display measuring 4.1-inches

This will come as some interesting news for those wanting an upgrade as a larger display means more room for viewing content such as games as well as videos. The iPod touch, over the years has become a major rival to other portable gaming consoles such as the PSP or even the recently launched PS Vita and this is due to the wide variety of games available in the App Store. Another major advantage the iPod touch has over its rivals is that the games available are a lot cheaper than those available for portable gaming consoles.

The report also goes on to state that there will also be a hole at the back and this will not be for the camera but something else. The sources informed the website that they had no idea what this hole was for. However, by taking a calculated guess, in all likelihood, this hole could be for an additional microphone that will enhance the clarity of one’s voice while using FaceTime or other video calling services such as Skype. Since there is no confirmation about this, we will know more once this portable media player gets officially announced.

Another point the website touched upon was the size of the display. If the iPod touch does indeed have a display measuring 4-inches, then besides the fact that it will be the same-sized display as the iPhone 5, it will also feature an aspect ratio of 16:9 and not the 3:2 ratio found on existing iPhones and iPod touch devices. If Apple does intend to launch the iPod touch with this aspect ratio and keeping the Retina Display characteristics in mind, then we can expect the upcoming PMP to feature a resolution of 1136 x 640, the same that is expected on the iPhone 5.

The back casing of the iPod touch is something that should be really interesting since it is expected to feature a design change that does not have the aluminium back.

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