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A Chinese case manufacturer has created cases claimed to fit Apple's forthcoming iPod lineup, with a fourth-generation iPod touch shown with a rear camera and flash, and a small, square sixth-generation iPod nano.

As spotted by iLounge, photos of the cases from X-Doria are claimed to fit Apple's next-generation iPod touch and iPod nano. They show what would be a major redesign for the iPod nano, giving it a small, square design that would perhaps be more akin to the iPod shuffle line.

The purported iPod nano case includes bumps on the side that appear to correlate with volume buttons . It also has a space in the back that could allow for a clip.

The size of the Chinese case has fueled speculation that a new device could employ the Apple-branded 3cm-by-3cm touchscreen that was discovered earlier this summer. Apple's current iPod nano has a display that measures diagonally 2.2 inches, or nearly 5.6 centimeters.

The cases also support an earlier rumor that Apple could unveil a new, smaller iPod nano without a click wheel. One analyst said that the redesign would be a "big departure" from the current design, though he cautioned that such a device may not see the light of day.



The iPod touch case shows space for both a camera and a flash on the back side. It also sports a curved back, suggesting the new device will not be flat like the glass back found on the iPhone 4.

Numerous alleged parts from Apple's forthcoming iPod touch refresh have shown space for a forward facing camera, suggesting that the new device will support FaceTime video chat.

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That tiny one has to be for the shuffle.. A redesigned touchscreen shuffle perhaps..
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That tiny one has to be for the shuffle.. A redesigned touchscreen shuffle perhaps..

That’s what I was thinking. A Super Shuffle with Nike+ built-in and the ability to display album art as a song plays. No other iPod has come with a clip before.
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That tiny one has to be for the shuffle.. A redesigned touchscreen shuffle perhaps..

shuffle needs to die. thing sucks big time. i have one and i hate it. battery sucks. the controls on the headphones cant get even a little wet (sweaty) or they completely short it out which is to say that this device fails at its only real purpose in life. its too small to keep track of (i've lost it dozens of times). about the only thing thats good about it is its got a sturdy little shell you can smack around. great, so its a sturdy little useless device that costs almost 100 bucks. wtf.

the nano could shrink if it ditched the garbage headphone controls and drop in price to a near shuffle level. if it gets to that size, say goodbye to the camera. theres no way they're putting an HD camera in a device that small meant for a gym.
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The small one is definitely the new shuffle.

I'm picking the iPod Nano gets killed and replaced with an iPod touch mini: same res screen as current iPod touch, but slightly smaller 3" size at higher pixel density. The border around screen will be much smaller - with no top "chin". Camera on back will be 2 or 3 megapixel - no front facing camera.

apple wants it's biggest selling device to be iOS based - will really help it dominate the app store race.

Maybe even the tiny iPod shuffle touch screen will have app widgets - but I'm doubtful.
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I think the new 3cm x 3cm touch screen device will be announced as a "merging" of the nano and shuffle lines - leaving plenty of room for the iPod touch "mini"

I think the classic gets killed too.
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The small one is definitely the new shuffle.

I'm picking the iPod Nano gets killed and replaced with an iPod touch mini: same res screen as current iPod touch, but slightly smaller 3" size at higher pixel density. The border around screen will be much smaller - with no top "chin". Camera on back will be 2 or 3 megapixel - no front facing camera.

apple wants it's biggest selling device to be iOS based - will really help it dominate the app store race.

Maybe even the tiny iPod shuffle touch screen will have app widgets - but I'm doubtful.

I agree with you on most points, but it sounds like you are saying if they use the same display resolution in a smaller display then they wont have to change up iOS UI elements for the device. This is Apple were talking about, not Motorola. If they are going to use a different size display -and- have it run on iOS then well see a new UI to go with it. If they want third apps for it, too, then well have an SDK that allows for apps for that devices HW specs.
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I agree with you on most points, but it sounds like you are saying if they use the same display resolution in a smaller display then they wont have to change up iOS UI elements for the device. This is Apple were talking about, not Motorola. If they are going to use a different size display -and- have it run on iOS then well see a new UI to go with it. If they want third apps for it, too, then well have an SDK that allows for apps for that devices HW specs.

Fair point - I'm thinking just a tiny reduction in screen size - from 3.5 to 3 or 3.2 -with most of the device shrinkage coming from the reduced bezel size.
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shuffle needs to die. thing sucks big time. i have one and i hate it. battery sucks. the controls on the headphones cant get even a little wet (sweaty) or they completely short it out which is to say that this device fails at its only real purpose in life. its too small to keep track of (i've lost it dozens of times). about the only thing thats good about it is its got a sturdy little shell you can smack around. great, so its a sturdy little useless device that costs almost 100 bucks. wtf.

the nano could shrink if it ditched the garbage headphone controls and drop in price to a near shuffle level. if it gets to that size, say goodbye to the camera. theres no way they're putting an HD camera in a device that small meant for a gym.

Yeah, no point in Apple trying to get it right. You hear this sort of thing in most motivational materials.

Agree with the camera, that is really the only way you can get it into a gym anyway.
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Fair point - I'm thinking just a tiny reduction in screen size - from 3.5 to 3 or 3.2 -with most of the device shrinkage coming from the reduced bezel size.

Gotcha. Im thinking this squared iPod is the new Shuffle, the Nano will be about the same shape and the Touch will be a thinner iPhone 4. I dont expect too much in the way of dramatic changes to the Nanos overall size and dimensions, nor do I think itll be iOS-based, though that would be great, especially if it did get 802.11b/g for at least video uploads and YouTube videos.
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I can't see them keeping last years iPod touch model around in the low end either - they will have to at least add a camera to it, or more likely the 8 gb low end model will simply be the new mini version.
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And yet that is what they have done two years in a row with the iPhone as well as last year with the iPod touch: make the previous generation's low capacity model the entry-level unit (no additional hardware changes).

It is likely that Apple will keep the 3rd generation iPod touch in the 8GB or 16GB size as the entry level model when they introduce the iPod touch 4. There would be no changes to the hardware feature set of the older device.

From a design, manufacturing, and cost perspective, it makes no sense for Apple to add additional functionality to last year's design; they just want to milk the design for all its worth since the economies of volume have driven down cost.
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And yet that is what they have done two years in a row with the iPhone as well as last year with the iPod touch: make the previous generation's low capacity model the entry-level unit (no additional hardware changes).

It is likely that Apple will keep the 3rd generation iPod touch in the 8GB or 16GB size as the entry level model when they introduce the iPod touch 4. There would be no changes to the hardware feature set of the older device.

From a design, manufacturing, and cost perspective, it makes no sense for Apple to add additional functionality to last year's design; they just want to milk the design for all its worth since the economies of volume have driven down cost.

I see your reasoning, and normally I would agree, but this year might be different due to 2 things: 1. The camera was removed at the last moment in the last model, there is still room for them to simply slot it back in. 2. The non-touchscreen nano is getting very out of date - I don't think they would go to the trouble of giving the shuffle a touch screen and not also replace the nano with a touch screen as well. And if you gonna give it a touch screen then you might as well let it runn apps too.
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And of course we haven't disucssed the iPod classic yet. For years I've argued against those who thought it was facing imminent death, but I think this might be the year. I think the big change for the nano is going to be an increase in capacity to step in and finally be able to replace the high-capacity classic. The nano then become the "dinosaur" of the iPod lineup, keeping the old-school controls in order to minimize cost and use the savings to pay for the extra flash chips.

The shuffle will get the touch screen controls, which will provide Apple a way of putting controls back on the body of the shuffle (where they belong) without admitting that taking the buttons off last year was a mistake.
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Would be cool if the 3x3 touch screen is encased by Liquidmetal.
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And of course we haven't disucssed the iPod classic yet. For years I've argued against those who thought it was facing imminent death, but I think this might be the year.

Thats one of those wild cards that depends on the current sales. Its not like it costs them much to maintain so it will likely depend on current sales. Two years ago the Classic got a boost in capacity from 80 to 120GB with the 160GB model being dropped altogether. The next year the 120GB was bumped to 160GB with a new Toshiba 1.8 HDD. Who else are buying these drives? Will there be a point when there wont be HDD upgrades, just price drop on the item? Usually that makes the most financial sense in business, but itll all depend on current and projected sales, so its anyones guess. Im weighing in with no new capacity, just a price drop.
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That tiny one has to be for the shuffle.. A redesigned touchscreen shuffle perhaps..

That would be a big mistake unless the 'touchscreen' also has a raised surface for viewless operation.

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If there really is going to be a touch-screen iPod that small, the amount of accidental inputs from fingers trying to select one tiny option on a tiny screen is going to drive consumers nuts.
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It might be logical to assume Apple wants to kill the nano in favor of a "low end" iPod touch that can use all of the same apps as the iPhone and their (supposedly) new iPod video (or however they'll want to segment the products now), and they would then fit into the mix the new shuffle with a square form factor and no screen, but with tactile buttons on the front.

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If that little thing is going to be one of the new things this September 1, it is the new Shuffle. It is impossible for me to think that they are going to make the nano that size. If they ever will make it a touch device then the size should be more o les the size of the actual nano but all touch display with a couple of buttons to control the playback.

As for the Touch Case it seem to me just the same as I do imagine it. I hope they just make a better scratch resistance back, some new material but not the black plastic of 3G's 3GS's please.
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First, I'd just like to note how good a thread can be when there aren't a lot of people jumping in to belittle Apple's products and customers, just to be doing it. Reminds me of AI of yore.

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I think the new 3cm x 3cm touch screen device will be announced as a "merging" of the nano and shuffle lines - leaving plenty of room for the iPod touch "mini"

I think the classic gets killed too.

As long as we're voting, I'll go with this. I think Apple is always looking for ways to streamline their product lineup, and the current Shuffle doesn't seem to have gone over very well (I have no idea what the sales look like, however, so as far as I know it could be hugely successful and therefore entrenched).

Even if they don't go the full iOS, having a single lower-end, touch-based iPod below the Touch might make sense at this point, as dedicated music players are slowly being eclipsed by smart-phones and their WiFi only brethren.

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That’s one of those wild cards that depends on the current sales. It’s not like it costs them much to maintain so it will likely depend on current sales. Two years ago the Classic got a boost in capacity from 80 to 120GB with the 160GB model being dropped altogether. The next year the 120GB was bumped to 160GB with a new Toshiba 1.8” HDD. Who else are buying these drives? Will there be a point when there won’t be HDD upgrades, just price drop on the item? Usually that makes the most financial sense in business, but it’ll all depend on current and projected sales, so it’s anyone’s guess. I’m weighing in with no new capacity, just a price drop.

I think Apple might axe the Classic even if it has pretty good sales, on the grounds that hard drive and scroll wheel based machines are done. I can just sort of imagine Steve getting itchy at the thought the Classic still exists-- like OS 9 long after X had gone mainstream, but without any OS installed user base inertia to justify keeping it around.

I think Apple must want to have a very clean product matrix: OS X laptops and desktops, iOS portables-- and that includes portables much too small to support anything like the touch conventions of things like the iPhone. But it is possible to imagine a device with iOS underpinnings that presents very basic user controls on a small screen, including perhaps even a representation of a scroll wheel. A single app that runs as a touch screen widget, so no powerful CPU needed. Apple wouldn't have to worry about supporting yet another screen resolution for apps, because that wouldn't be part of the deal, but they would still have the unified code base across all their portable offerings.

Is it possible to make hardware capable of running even a truncated iOS, plus touch screen, starting at, say (splitting the difference between the existing Shuffle and Nano) $100? Don't know. But I bet they'd love to have everything under two roofs (until the grand unification somewhere up the road, and all roofs become one).
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If there really is going to be a touch-screen iPod that small, the amount of accidental inputs from fingers trying to select one tiny option on a tiny screen is going to drive consumers nuts.

I'm pretty sure that the interface for that device will be pretty big and easy to use. We are talking about Apple here, you know? Customer satisfaction +90%.
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it's possible this is just a smokescreen story but if they size are dimensions are correct and the ipod touch has the same tapered back as last year, i hope it's at least brushed aluminum like the iPad. i was hoping for a slim version of the iphone 4 case but if it matches the ipad, that could be cool too. i just hope it isn't same shiny chrome look or black plastic.
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I'm thinking right now that, if that little thing does have a clock app, an alarm, timer, stopwatch, weather and some kind of calendar sync, that could be the big surprise of the day. Because, if you put that little thing in a watch-like cover, most sport-watches will have a big trouble from september 1 on.
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That tiny one has to be for the shuffle.. A redesigned touchscreen shuffle perhaps..

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shuffle needs to die. thing sucks big time. i have one and i hate it. battery sucks. the controls on the headphones cant get even a little wet (sweaty) or they completely short it out which is to say that this device fails at its only real purpose in life. its too small to keep track of (i've lost it dozens of times). about the only thing thats good about it is its got a sturdy little shell you can smack around. great, so its a sturdy little useless device that costs almost 100 bucks. wtf.

the nano could shrink if it ditched the garbage headphone controls and drop in price to a near shuffle level. if it gets to that size, say goodbye to the camera. theres no way they're putting an HD camera in a device that small meant for a gym.

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Yeah, no point in Apple trying to get it right. You hear this sort of thing in most motivational materials.

Agree with the camera, that is really the only way you can get it into a gym anyway.

The Shuffle was never meant to have a screen or camera. It was designed for those active people on the go who didn't want to fiddle with a screen while jogging or working out at a gym.

Instead of a screen and headphones without controls, perhaps there can be a design of headphones that are less likely to have problems with people who sweat a lot. Personally I have not had any such problems. Love the size and carry mine in s small pouch when I travel. Haven't had any problems of loosing it, when not in use or charging keep it in a pouch clipped either to my computer bag or to my pants.

The Nano was designed for people who wanted something smaller than the Classic or later the Touch, but wanted a camera and video. Don't see deleting the camera option on the Nano. Could be that there can be a separate screen to replace the click wheel or for scrolling and one screen for video and display?

Think that the Shuffle will be redesigned (perhaps the smaller case), unfortunately, and will have some type of touch screen. I didn't like the 2nd G Shuffle, but loved the 3rd G Shuffle for its sheer and elegant simplicity. Suits my life style just fine. No matter what becomes of the Shuffle, there will be those who aren't happyjust as with any of Apple's products--can't please every body.
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I'm thinking right now that, if that little thing does have a clock app, an alarm, timer, stopwatch, weather and some kind of calendar sync, that could be the big surprise of the day. Because, if you put that little thing in a watch-like cover, most sport-watches will have a big trouble from september 1 on.

You mean like this?



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That 1.6 x 1.6 inch screen that made the rounds a few weeks ago is for a new Apple remote that will control the new iTV. You'll also be able to use your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, if you want.
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The Shuffle was never meant to have a screen or camera. It was designed for those active people on the go who didn't want to fiddle with a screen while jogging or working out at a gym.

Instead of a screen and headphones without controls, perhaps there can be a design of headphones that are less likely to have problems with people who sweat a lot. Personally I have not had any such problems. Love the size and carry mine in s small pouch when I travel. Haven't had any problems of loosing it, when not in use or charging keep it in a pouch clipped either to my computer bag or to my pants.

The Nano was designed for people who wanted something smaller than the Classic or later the Touch, but wanted a camera and video. Don't see deleting the camera option on the Nano. Could be that there can be a separate screen to replace the click wheel or for scrolling and one screen for video and display?

Think that the Shuffle will be redesigned (perhaps the smaller case), unfortunately, and will have some type of touch screen. I didn't like the 2nd G Shuffle, but loved the 3rd G Shuffle for its sheer and elegant simplicity. Suits my life style just fine. No matter what becomes of the Shuffle, there will be those who aren't happy—just as with any of Apple's products--can't please every body.

Could be the square shape gives the shuffle a bigger battery to power Bluetooth communication with wireless headphones... this could enable the iPod shuffle completely sealed to be kept free of moisture. And the clip on the back could make it work as a clip on your watch band, arm band, shirt collar, pants or sleeve. Power could be wireless or inductive.

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Could be the square shape gives the shuffle a bigger battery to power Bluetooth communication with wireless headphones... this could enable the iPod shuffle completely sealed to be kept free of moisture. And the clip on the back could make it work as a clip on your watch band, arm band, shirt collar, pants or sleeve.

Good Idea
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post #30 of 54
I hope they get rid of the chrome backplate. Besides rims and tailpipes, chrome is a useless material.
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Good Idea

Thank you. I was just thinking of the way Apple has been heading with their larger batteries and advanced power management and wondered if some headphones that would be more suited to sports and fitness (Bluetooth wireless) could be integrated without the usual tangle of wires. It's a direction I personally would want to see the shuffle and nano heading toward.

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I'm thinking right now that, if that little thing does have a clock app, an alarm, timer, stopwatch, weather and some kind of calendar sync, that could be the big surprise of the day. Because, if you put that little thing in a watch-like cover, most sport-watches will have a big trouble from september 1 on.

Yes! Say 'hello' to the iPod sport.

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making a 3x3 iPod nano touch goes against the notion of using it for working out. Eyes-free function goes out the door and totally useless when you're working out. I can see how the UI might work and be an easy transition for people, but think about how you use it first. when you're working out (jogging lifting or god forbid biking) or driving in the car, you don't want to have to look down at the device to change the song or scroll through menus. I have a 60 Gb classic and I only use it for the car and work. I use it in conditions where eyes-free design of the clickwheel is perfect.

Don't mess with a good thing, the ipod design to date is perfect, save for a camera and wi-fi access to the itunes store. I know everyone on the forums have been screaming for a nano touch, but i just don't get why. I can think of at least 10 reasons why the clickwheel design trumps the touch-screen for a music player.

@Ividal: The current iPods already have a clock/alarm/stop watch functions and notes and calendar. and how would you sync wirelessly without any active 3G access while jogging? Perhaps at a gym maybe...

Secondly, the Touch is great how it its, just update it to the current iPhone 4 standards and leave it be. It's super thin, light and everyone seems to the think the screen needs to be bigger anyway. What possible reason could there be for a nano version of one? My thumbs are already aching thinking about a virtual keyboard on a 3x3 screen!
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I can't see them keeping last years iPod touch model around in the low end either - they will have to at least add a camera to it, or more likely the 8 gb low end model will simply be the new mini version.

It's pretty much all but confirmed by all the leaks of new cases and parts pics that the new iPod Touch WILL have a camera or two and that it will be able to do facetime calls...
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It's pretty much all but confirmed by all the leaks of new cases and parts pics that the new iPod Touch WILL have a camera or two and that it will be able to do facetime calls...

No company is going to manufacture cases unless they have a good source of info. Perhaps the Apple Mgr. passed the info to them so the info should be accurate.
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ok, here is my tought and I'm curious how exact my "nostradamus" prediction was when we hear what apple is going to show on 1st of september:

- first: apple is going to scrap the ipod classic! it doesn't make any sense anymore, apple can not sell apps with it and if they double the touch's ram to 128 GB the ipod touch is a good (but expensive) replacement.

- many people will be sad about this, but the ipod classic will re-appear as a limited "10 years ipod" edition in october 2012. to remove the classic from the product line makes this "limited edition" classic even more interesting in 2 years. a clever move!

- from now on, the ipod touch is going to be the main ipod. it will get a fresh new design and will have 16, 64 and 128 GB of ram and will cost 199 / 299 and 399 US$. it will get a camera and a higher resolution retina display and a gyroscope sensor.

- the target market will be music, games and the video filmers that used the nano to film. to different the ipod touch from the iphone it will NOT have a frontfacing camera and therefore NO facetime. it will also have a weaker camera compared to the iphone (3mp) but be a bit thinner.

- big changes to the nano: it is going to loose the camera and the clickwheel but will come in a very fresh and small square-formfactor. the device will be controlled via a squared multitouch display and a new user interface that will be based on cd covers but also lists like on the old nano. it will be shipped with the remote control headphones like the shuffle with volume and middle click button to skip, forward and start/stop the music. you will also be able to use the nano without looking at the display in a way like the ipod shuffle with voice output.

- a 4 GB nano will be sold at 99 US$, the 8 GB at 139 and the 16 GB one at 179 us$. to save money, apple might remove the dock connector and the dock. instead the nano will be powered with a tiny cable that is plugged into the audio-connector. there will also be a little clip on the backside to clip the nano onto a shirt. the nano will come in black and white as well as red, pink, blue, yellow and green.

- as the nano is so small now and agressively priced, they might scrap the ipod shuffle completely. remember: the nano can now be used like a shuffle and when the nano is in your pocket, it will behave similar like a shuffle, it will have the same remote control and the same voice output.

to clear up the product line has many advantages for apple. the removal of the ipod classic means the end of harddisks and its moving parts in the ipods. it also forces the people to buy an ipod touch which will broaden the customer base for the app store and apps mean money. the faster chip and the higher resolution will seduce old touch users to upgrade to the new touch and developers can focus on one resolution rather than two (actually 3 if you also count the ipad). apple is also playing the "want more...?" game with 16 GB ram for the entry touch but 64 for "only" 100 us$ more or another 100 us$ if you want to have the same space like in the old classic ipod.

even removing the shuffle has some advantages for apple: 99 us$ is a very seductive price for "ipod beginners", but still more than the 59 us$ they charged for the old shuffle. they will get 40 us$ more per beginner that would have bought a shuffle and is now forced to buy the tiny nano.
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making a 3x3 iPod nano touch goes against the notion of using it for working out. Eyes-free function goes out the door and totally useless when you're working out.

The whole tiny square touch screen is the control. Tap once to pause, once again to resume, twice for next song, three times for previous song. Completely usable without looking.

And I also believe this device will replace both the current nano and shuffle, probably keeping the nano branding. The iPod Classic will also be discontinued. Dedicated MP3 players are so 2003 and Apple has no need to carry three different models. One small nano/shuffle hybrid with built in Nike + for working out and the iPod Touch in 16/64/128 GB capacities for everyone else.
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post #38 of 54
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I can't see them keeping last years iPod touch model around in the low end either - they will have to at least add a camera to it, or more likely the 8 gb low end model will simply be the new mini version.

Except that the old design has room for a camera so I can see the 2nd generation shape retained at the low end (like they keep the iPhone 3GS around at a lower price than the 4) with a FaceTime camera added. The higher end touches can get two cameras and updated design.

Apple tried making a squarish looking nano and it crashed and burned. One year later they were back to a tall slender design. I don't believe the square case will fit any product on September 1.

Flash prices have remained solid for two years now so the iPod Classic cannot die. Apple cannot sell any iPod with 128GB of flash at Classic prices without sacrificing their all-important margin.

The best shuffle design was the second generation with physical buttons on a small clip, but I found syncing through the headphone jack was flakey. I'd like to see that design return, but with micro USB for syncing and charging.
post #39 of 54
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I think the new 3cm x 3cm touch screen device will be announced as a "merging" of the nano and shuffle lines - leaving plenty of room for the iPod touch "mini"

I think the classic gets killed too.

Agreed. The 3cm square one is really an upsell from the previous gen shuffle but will probably be named a "nano" because the screen allows you to have more control over playlists. Previous nano owners who don't want the size downgrade of the new nano will get upsold to a cheaper entry price iPod touch.
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What's missing is a bigger iPod Touch. An 5" screen that would be perfect for gaming and $.99 TV episode on the go.
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