An icon has been shared on social media this morning that purportedly references Apple’s next-generation iPod touch. The image below was shared by self-described tech product leaker Jonathan Mitchell, who claims to have unearthed the icon in iOS 12.2 Beta 4.
I was doing some coding in iOS 12.2 Beta 4. I cracked this here on what a new iPod touch 7th generation could look like. HLipod is the 6th generation HLipod2 is a unreleased generation. *Notice no home button and it looks to be a full screen display.* @OnLeaks @stroughtonsmith pic.twitter.com/pXLzif5JMZ
— Johnathan Mitchell (@jaymit2090tx13) March 8, 2019
The icon labeled “HLSipod2” on the right is shown beside the existing icon for Apple’s current-generation iPod touch, suggesting that an unreleased seventh-generation iPod touch will inherit the design elements of Apple’s flagship all-screen iPhones and do away with the Home button.
The device in the icon doesn’t have a notch and it also appears to be off-center, which could mean that it’s being used by Apple as a placeholder in the iOS 12 beta. Either that, or it’s not genuine at all.
In January, developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered references in iOS 12.2 to an “iPod 9,1,” which does not match up with any known iPod touch devices, suggesting it is a new next-generation model. However, the iPod listing in iOS 12.2 does not appear to have Face ID or Touch ID.
Last month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects a new iPod touch with a faster processor to launch in 2019, but Kuo made no mention of a possible redesign for the device.
Apple last updated the iPod touch in July 2015, and in July 2017 the company cut prices and reduced the number of storage capacity options.