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Apple To Pit iPod Touch With 3G Against iPhone 5?

In what is probably one of the weirder rumours to have emerged lately, a Dutch blog revealed that it expects the next generation iPod Touch will have 3G capabilities, not unlike the iPad 3G, which will allow it to be used officially for data-only traffic.

Arguably, while it doesn't look good to make calls on the iPad 2 even via Skype (or any other VoIP tools) with a Bluetooth headset, an iPod Touch 3G with an unlimited data package from 3 mobile for example, suddenly looks VERY attractive.

A translation of Applespot.nl (opens in new tab) can be found on 9to5mac.com (opens in new tab) and translates as follows "It will work just like the iPad; you get a 3G enabled simcard from your provider and put that in you iPod Touch. Apple’s choice of bringing 3G to the iPod Touch isn’t all that weird, if it’s true of course. Question remains how the providers will react to this, since the use of for example Skype will skyrocket."

Given that AppleSpot is the only online publication which came up with this rumour, we're taking it with a large pinch of salt. The iPod Touch with 3G could well be the missing piece in the iOS ecosystem as it would be the equivalent of a iPhone 3GS without the calling option. Even then, Apple could potentially allow users to "unlock" the calling functionality at any time through an app in the App Store.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.