Will There Ever Be A 3G iPod Touch?

by Ryan on August 5, 2010

Posted via email from Ryan Born

Leaked images of the new 4th generation iPod touch were released today. They’re probably fake but nevertheless the photos show that the new device may have have both front (for Facetime “whoop dee friggin doo”) and rear facing cameras. Adding a camera w/ video to the iPod touch would certainly be a huge improvement; however, just one more minor improvement would blow the iPod touch up bigger than a Michael Bay film. What’s that? Adding a 3G connection.

I can imagine many specific use cases for a 3G enabled iPod (as a substitute for a Garmin / GPS for example, solely as a camera with easy upload capability, a hacked wireless hotspot, a dedicated checkin device for social media junkies, etc.) if the iPod touch could handle 3G connection for $15 to $25 per month – just like the iPad. There are so many times these days when a cell phone is just not necessary but having a 3G stream right to a killer multi-media device like an iPod touch would be a HUGE move for Apple and AT&T. By adding 3G, Apple could likely move 2x to 3x the number of iPod touches that they’re presently selling.