3G iPod Touch 5th gen concept designed – looks odd

Recently, rumors have been circling regarding the next generation iPod Touch. What is essentially a slimmed down iPhone with no phone capabilities, or cellular data connectivity, is about to become one that has. (At least, it could have a 3G chipset installed.) If so, like the iPad, it would need an area in the top of the device whereby the antenna could pick up signal – hence the black strip near the top of the iPod above.

The image is a render, designed by iPhone Download Blog, to try an illustrate how the multimedia player could look if it was 3G enabled. Personally, I don’t think it looks right. Apple attempts, where possible, to create symmetrical devices. The black plastic on the 3G iPad is bang in the middle of the Aluminum backing. This is a little too off center for my liking, but then again, I’m pretty vain when it comes to my devices. (On that note, so are Apple designers.) With something as small as the iPod, I think Jony Ive and the design team over at Cupertino would find away of creating an external antenna – like the iPhone 4 –  maybe creating an antenna using the entire metal back. There’s clearly no room for a black strip, without making it look cluttered.

What do you guys think? Ugly? Beautiful? Or, would you sacrifice good looks to get 3G on your iPod? Comment below or tweet me – I’m @TiP_Cam.

To see some more concepts check out these two:

iPhone 5 concept you don’t want to miss
iPhone 5 concept looks amazing

Via: 9to5Mac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • coolfood

    you’re retarded. the first ipod touch had a black antennae on the back that was off center (omMGgg so off centurd hurr hurr)

    • David

      Don’t insult people over their opinions.

  • David

    I doubt the next iPod Touch will have 3G and hope it won’t, it’s not worth it.

  • John

    way to draw a black rectangle on the existing model. 

    • George

      yeah really, what an amazing concept render.  blew my mind.

    • George

      yeah really, what an amazing concept render.  blew my mind.

  • Ida

    How would it not be worth it? It’d be an iPhone without paying the bills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryce-Daniel/100000317807782 Bryce Daniel

    As an avid iPod touch user, I would love to have 3G. No more hunting around for wifi (which believe me, sucks). That being said, that black bar would not work for me. I love the near symmetrical look and I just cant give that up. However, the back does need to change (maybe glass) because right now it is a scratch magnet. Perhaps they should make it look like a slightly thinner iPhone…

  • MICHEAL_101

    I personally never think the iPod will ever get 3G and you can bash me all you want but I hope it doesn’t. I bet a lot of iPhone user feel the same way. If Apple did this a lot of iPhone user would be mad that Apple put this feature into the iPod touch. Having 3G on iPhone is a big reason why people want the iPhone over the iPod touch. It would also make a lot of iPhone user leave the iPhone platform and get an iPod touch and not ever be tied to a contract. iPhone is Apple’s baby and they would never do anything to it that will hurt it’s sales.
    The next reason is carriers would hate this. They wouldn’t be able to tie you to a contract, which we all know they love to do. You would get a contractless iPhone that would hog just a much data as an iPhone. Sure you would pay when you want data but when you don’t, AT&T or Verzion is making no money of you hense you have no contract.

    Reason 3 is that the iPod is supposed to be a low cost, non contract iPhone. As Steve said “Some people say it’s like an iPhone without the phone. It’s also an iPhone without the contract.” putting a 3G chipset would raise the price much higher.

    Also another reason is putting a 3G chipset goes agasint what the iPod touch has always done. It always gets thinner and thinner. With the 3G chipset, and the sim card slot it would get thicker. The last reason is the iPod touch 3G already exist. It’s $600. It’s an unlocked, non-contract iPhone 4.
    Sorry for the rant everyone and if you read through this whole thing thanks. :)

    • you fail ^

      Talk about terrible grammar…

    • Frank

      And can you get data only on a unlocked, non-contract phone?

  • Yvonne

    > Did you know?  We are giving away Apple iPads…

    Did you know… it’s illegal to have iPad contest prizes?

  • Yvonne

    > Did you know?  We are giving away Apple iPads…

    Did you know… it’s illegal to have iPad contest prizes?

    • youre retarded ^

      you sound retarded

  • magentasquad

    it doesnt mater to me because my phone has wifi hot spot

    • Trent

       nobody cares

  • maybe111

    The back reminds me of the 1st gen iPod touch. I don’t think looks would be sacrificed at all. My question is: what would 3G capabilities offer without it being a phone? Would it amp up internet or other wifi usage? If so I hope that there’s more to it than that for a whole new generation. Some changes to the firmware, perhaps? The 4th gen touched on multitasking, so maybe expanding on that would be a good idea.

    • maybe111

      Just to add: I could care less how the back looks. If it made my iPod do something cool then the back can be as ugly as it wants to be, that’s not the side I typically stare at. Plus one can always just get a case (which is more practical, anyway)

  • Kms2174

    i just wish i had the money for an ipod or ipad….want one soooooooo bad….hard to save up with little ones tho…i agree…theres something about it being off centered that bugs me.

  • Comex

    apple takes practicality pretty seriously, they would probably introduce aluminium enclosure like what is shown on the ipad’s or something lighter. As well as slimming down the ipod even more. (even though it’s slim enough already by me)!! With iOS 5 out in september it’s most likely to feature a speed boost with maybe the A5 (or even A6) processor. (A6 is still in development phase so not sure about this one). Like Michael 101 said in the below post, apple will most likely never give ipod touch 3G capabilities because it’s against what it is about. NO CONTRACTS, NO COSTS, NO HASSLE!! And seriously, if you need internet connectivity on the go, get an iphone, that’s what they’re there for.

  • Comex

    apple takes practicality pretty seriously, they would probably introduce aluminium enclosure like what is shown on the ipad’s or something lighter. As well as slimming down the ipod even more. (even though it’s slim enough already by me)!! With iOS 5 out in september it’s most likely to feature a speed boost with maybe the A5 (or even A6) processor. (A6 is still in development phase so not sure about this one). Like Michael 101 said in the below post, apple will most likely never give ipod touch 3G capabilities because it’s against what it is about. NO CONTRACTS, NO COSTS, NO HASSLE!! And seriously, if you need internet connectivity on the go, get an iphone, that’s what they’re there for.