Japanese website Mac Otakara — as noted by AppleInsider — reports that Apple is planning a seventh generation iPod touch and will likely replace the Lightning port on all 2019 iPhones with USB-C.
Chances the rumors are true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 100%. The last time the iPod touch, the last remaining member of the iPod family, was updated was in July 2015. You can currently buy the 32GB version for $199 and the 128GB model for $299, so it remains the less expensive way to access Apple Services such as iTunes, Apple Music, etc. — and the tech giant is betting big on Services revenue.
As for USB-C on all iPhones, it only makes sense. Apple made the move with the 2018 iPad Pros, so moving all its iOS devices to the tech seems like a logical move.