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Apple executive: Updated iPods still ‘4th generation’

Clarifying ambiguities over the actual “generation” or version number of the updated iPods released this Tuesday, a senior executive with Apple Computer confirmed to iLounge this evening that the new color-screened devices are still considered by the company to be “4th generation” (4G) iPods.

While the executive did not provide further naming details, Apple has been calling the new models “iPod with color display” in various support documents and software release notes. The company has publicly referred to the last two major iPod revisions, the iPod With Dock Connector (with a touch wheel and four touch-sensitive buttons) and the Click Wheel iPod, as “third-generation” and “fourth-generation” models, respectively. With Tuesday’s iPods still considered part of the fourth-generation family, one can now safely assume that Apple is saving the “fifth-generation” moniker for an all-new iPod yet to be revealed, perhaps conveniently at the same time as version 5.0 of iTunes.

Thanks to Apple for providing this clarification to iLounge and our readers. We’ve modestly updated our new iPod and U2 iPod reviews, accordingly, to reflect the “color 4G” name.

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Jeremy, point taken. The difference in the 1G/2G iPod minis is very small I agree. I do feel the change to the wheel in the 2G iPod was bigger though.

I also agree iPodlounge does an A+ class job with its reporting, but still stick to my point… the naming of the “next generation” of iPod should be left to Apple in the future to avoid confusion of your readers, despite the best of intentions.

While ANYTHING is possible I imagine a significant launch of a iPod 5G and iTunes 5 at the same time in the Sept/Oct timeframe is all but certain and again I think the form/function will see another significant change for BOTH.

Exciting times… and you can bet I will be following it on iPodlounge.

Posted by canyonblue737 on July 1, 2005 at 4:19 PM (CDT)


I’m still waiting.  As soon as the fifth generation comes out, I’ll determine in my own mind whether it’s worth the money and then determine which to spend my money on - a fifth gen or a fourth gen.

But until we get an official announcement or release, I’m still going to anxiously await the fifth generation.  And hope they come out ASAP.

Posted by Lee on July 1, 2005 at 4:48 PM (CDT)


Canyonblue: We believed that Apple had spoken to that point with what they posted in the Apple Store after the launch (the reference to “latest generation”, from screenshot in the other thread), but when we couldn’t find the page again, and because we wanted to be absolutely sure, we contacted Apple directly to ask for confirmation.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 1, 2005 at 7:01 PM (CDT)


im dissapionted by apple’s descisions…they should have made that move for the 20 gig in february, and put out the 5G in the summer…i was waiting for the new gen to come out around now, but maybe they need the time to add changes…also i hope that they come out with a separate line that plays videos, not under the ‘ipod’ moniker but some other name.

now, im gonna bet that they come out with the new design (for both itunes & ipod) at macworld in october

Posted by justin on July 2, 2005 at 12:14 PM (CDT)


Do you think they will drop the non-5G/color 4G iPods when the 5G comes or will Apple become a company of “transitions” (intel switch etc.)?

Posted by iPontus on July 2, 2005 at 7:05 PM (CDT)


Until recently, apple hasn’t used the “Generation” tag. They used awkward names like “ipod with doc connector”.  If I’m not mistaken, Ipodlounge started using the generation lable for 2G, 3G, and 4G.  So it’s not really up to apple.  Ipodlounge could call the ipod photo, as release months ago 5G.  Since they’ve defined 1-4 it’d be silly to hand it off to apple now.  Apple still prefers names like “Ipod with click wheel” over simple labels like 4G ipod.

Posted by __redruM in Gaithersburg, MD on July 4, 2005 at 7:47 PM (CDT)


This page on the Apple website claims that they are fifth generation:

Posted by Bobo on November 24, 2005 at 5:52 AM (CST)


Apple has just filed a patent application (2007) for an ipod with a touchscreen on the reverse side. Hmmm, looks like this was here on ilounge in 2005!;="20070103454".PGNR.&OS=DN/20070103454&RS=DN/20070103454

Posted by meehawl on May 12, 2007 at 7:07 PM (CDT)

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