The first Apple iPod touch model with a Lightning connector instead of the 30-pin connector was the fifth generation iPod touch. A tweet shared by Twitter subscribers Mr White (@laobaiTD) shows an alleged fifth-generation iPod touch prototype with the 30-pin connector on the bottom of the case instead of the Lightning connector. Apple decided to make the change and use the Lightning connector after agreeing to enlarge the display to 4 inches (LCD) compared to the 3.5 inch LCD screen on the first through fourth generations of iPod touch.
That was the first iPhone with a Lightning connector iPhone 5 versus the 30-pin connector used on the iPhone 4s to charge the battery and transfer data. The Lightning connector is not only less handy than the 30-pin connector, it is also reversible and transmits data faster than the 30-pin connector.
Last month we showed you what is is said to be a rendering of the iPod touch (2021) rumored to be released this fall. Similar to the redesign that Apple did with the The iPod touch (2021) of the iPhone 12 series replaces rounded sides with flat sides. There are no indications that Face ID is on board, nor are there any indications that Touch ID is under the display or integrated into the power button as on the iPad Air (2020).
All you have to do is take a look at the fifth generation prototype iPod touch to see how much better the device (the iPhone and iPad) looks with the Lightning connector instead. So be glad the “shell” used with the iPod touch in the tweet above was nothing more than a prototype.
The last iPod touch model was the seventh-generation version released in 2019, with a 4-inch screen and 640 x 1136 resolution. A 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera is in the front and an 8 is rear-facing -Megapixel rear camera. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is included as well as the Lightning connector.