Updated! Yet another leak regarding the iPod touch 7 shows an all-screen design.
We have reason to believe that the next-generation iPod, due to be announced at the March event, could sport an all-display design with no home button and gestures instead.
Our source, "Apple Leaks" via email (unable to be credited) has sent us an image of what looks to be a glyph of an unreleased device from Apple. This image shows the side, back and front of the device.
On the front, we see that there is no home button or top and bottom bezels like the current iPod touch. The bezels look to be the same size as on the iPhone XR, and it has a full screen display with no notch on the front. This is likely to be because the iPod 7 will not have a front facing camera or Face ID. Additionally, it won't have Touch ID either, so the only form of authentication is a passcode..
This goes in line with a recent report that suggested the iPod wouldn't have Face or Touch ID authentication methods. It confused us as to why Apple wouldn't implement Touch ID if the design was to be the same – they would effectively be going backwards.
Looking at the back of the device, we see a camera that sticks out slightly, the antenna shape and the Apple iPod logo in the middle. What makes us question this is how detailed it actually is – in a "real" glyph, Apple wouldn't likely include any back details (like the writing or logo).
Also, the buttons on the glyph have a larger, flatter design, similar to on the iPad Pro 2018. This could suggest that the iPod touch 7 will also have the "blocky" design rather than rounded, as Apple seems to be doing now.
The images come from a leaked email to Foxconn from an Apple employee, the leaker has told us.
No information was given to us by the "leaker", and this was the only image sent to us. These theories are based off this image and previous reports.
This separate image, from the same sender, is more recent, and is from the same leaked email. This time, however, we see the power button on the side of the device, no headphone jack, and a blocky design.
I’m not really sure how they got out... the device looks a bit different in both the pictures, but I would guess that’s because they are two different versions, with the one having the screen in gray being the most recent one.
This glyph seems more real, as it actually matches the design of the iPad Pro glyph that 9to5Mac leaked last October. It too has a grey fill and a similar outlined icon. We've compared the two, below: