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    September 12, 2017

    Apple’s leaked iOS 11 Golden Master points to a new iPod in the works

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    A snippet of code in Apple’s iOS 11 Golden Master has revealed a new iPod that may work with the iPhone X’s Face ID authentication system.

    2017 has been a somewhat dismal year for the iPod – Apple elected to kill off the Nano and Shuffle earlier this year, leaving the Touch as the sole surviving member of the lineup.

    However, that may or may not be the case for long, as a snippet of code tucked inside Apple’s iOS 11 Golden Master has revealed that the Cupertino company may be preparing to reveal a new iPod compatible with Face ID – the facial recognition system that is widely anticipated to debut on the company’s forthcoming iPhone X anniversary model.

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    The tip comes courtesy of leaker Benjamin Geskin, who cites that a string found within iOS’ setup.app has a line reading “Unlock your iPod with your face”.

    The news has two outcomes, if proven correct – either Apple is planning to debut an iPod with facial recognition capabilities at some point in the future, or iOS developers instead merely expanded reference to the iPod supporting facial recognition in iOS 11 for compatibility purposes. iOS 11 supports not just the iPhone, of course, but further the iPad and iPod Touch.

    In either case, the news is interesting given Apple’s previous strategy of selling the Touch as an ‘iPhone Lite’ of sorts – the device has long stood as an affordable gateway for consumers to get on board with iOS without the added expense of purchasing a tablet or data plan.

    Given the fact that Apple released the HomePod this year, and that facial recognition is expected to be the flagship feature of the company’s next iPhone, it’s perhaps not unlikely to surmise that the Cupertino company may have plans to release a premium, singular iPod to reconstitute its music player lineup in the near future.

    Read: HomePod firmware reveals an LTE Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV

    What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in a new iPod, or has your interest long since faded? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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