There’s growing speculation that Apple could soon introduce a new iPod Touch with a microphone and 64GB of memory (Andy Abramson has a good blog post about it.)
If, in fact, this materializes, it would have a huge impact on VoIP usage by potentially adding millions of new users overnight.
A VoIP-friendly iPod Touch will drive more users to applications such as Skype and Truphone, and likely see new players such as Google Voice enter the market.
For many people, a voice-enabled iPod Touch will be the perfect companion for a cell phone. They woudl use the iPod Touch to listen to music, watch videos, play games, engage with social media (Facebook, Twitter), and make phone calls when they’ve got good Wi-Fi access.
An iPod Touch with VoIP will also be a nice fit for people who want more than just an iPod (music, videos) but don’t need an iPhone and the associated data plans that go along with it.
To make the iPod Touch even more irresisistable, all Apple needs to do is add a camera.
For more thoughts on a new and improved iPod Touch, check out Wired and TechSpot, which suggests it could revitalize the iPod portfolio and possibly cannibalize iPhone sales.