Fifth-generation iPod Touch on the way

Apple's flagship music player looks set to get a long-overdue refresh – could it come packing the A5X processor for gaming goodness?

The current iPod Touch is getting a bit long in the tooth, with Apple only adding a lick of white paint to distinguish last year's refresh from the previous year's model. But Apple looks set to unleash a fifth-generation iPod Touch, according to an internal iOS 5.1 build file unearthed by 9to5Mac.

The build file lists an iPod Touch 5,1 – the current iPod Touch is internally labelled 4,1 by the Cupertino tech-wizards, suggesting that a refresh of Apple's flagship music player is in the offing.

Specs and design info are – unsurprisingly – non-existent at the moment. It wouldn't be a stretch, though, to expect a new iPod Touch to come packing a dual-core A5 or A5X processor – as seen in the new iPad. Given that the iPod Touch is often used as a gaming device, an improved processor would sit nicely alongside rumours of a forthcoming Apple gaming controller – something we've said Apple needs to consider in order to up its game.

You may also like

Max Payne Mobile release date for iOS and Android revealed

Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo draws on tablets and paper

iPhone 5 to get 4in screen and unibody redesign