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The Apple iPod Touch 5G to iPhone 5 Converter case

A 64GB Apple iPod Touch 5G is available for £329 (opens in new tab), while the 64GB iPhone 5 costs more than twice that at £699 (opens in new tab). Similarly, the 16GB iPod Touch 4G costs £169 (opens in new tab), while the 8GB iPhone 4 is available for £319 (opens in new tab).

Such a big price differences between the two product types might just compel a few entrepreneurial Chinese companies to come up with accessories capable of converting the iPod Touch to an iPhone.

Indeed, the Apple Peel 520 (opens in new tab), the Cpeel (opens in new tab), the ZTE Peel and the TPhone are some of the products that were launched for previous iPod Touch iterations, but never really managed to make it big, mainly because they were either too expensive, poorly designed or simply because an iPod Touch was, back then, no match for the iPhone.

Fast forward to 2012 and things are slightly different. The fifth generation iPod Touch has inherited many of the iPhone 5's features, including that gorgeous 4in screen, and is even thinner and lighter than its sibling, at 6.1mm and 88g, compared to 7.6mm and 113g.

(opens in new tab)As for Chinese manufacturers, they are getting bolder and have refined their manufacturing techniques, with some of the latest Jelly Bean no-name tablets and smartphones clearly showing the extent of their capabilities and innovation.

A slim case that can double as a docking station and an additional battery pack could allow iPod Touch owners to use their existing SIM cards with their device. A US-company called FreedomPop (opens in new tab) went a step further by bundling free 4G internet access with a converter for the iPod Touch.

Bear in mind though that in theory at least, because it has access to the App Store and is Wi-Fi capable, Apple’s media player can also make VoIP calls via services like Rebtel or Skype. These calls, though, can only be made within the range of a Wi-Fi device, which is something that MorphCase (opens in new tab) is attempting to capitalise on.

Désiré Athow

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 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.