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A pair of reports on Tuesday claim Apple is revamping its iPod touch media player and will borrow components from both the upcoming next-gen iPhone and existing iDevices like the iPhone 4S.

Echoing analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's report earlier today, Japanese language Apple blog MacOtakara claims Apple is preparing a new iPod touch that will marry a larger display with updated internal components in a refreshed aluminum housing.

According to the site's sources, the fifth-generation iPod touch will boast a large 4-inch screen identical in size to the rumored next-gen iPhone, though it is unknown if the two devices will share the exact same part as such high-resolution displays are in short supply. While specifics concerning the screen's source are unclear, Kuo said in his report that the unit will likely use the same in-cell touchscreen LCD technology as Apple's upcoming handset.

The media player will also get a speed bump with Apple's proprietary A5 processor, the same silicon powering the current iPhone 4S.

Sources note that Apple will eschew the polished aluminum casing seen on all iPod touch models in favor of a "buffed aluminum" finish more akin to the company's MacBook line. As usual, the unit will be offered in black as well as the white design introduced to the line last year.

The purported device also sports a small hole on the back case opposite the rear-facing camera assembly but sources make no guesses as to the feature's use. This is similar to a hole found between the camera and LED flash on reportedly leaked pre-production next-gen iPhone case backs which later disappeared on more recent versions of the "uni-body" chassis.

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Rendering of Apple's purported next-gen iPod touch. | Source: MacOtakara


While pricing and availability have yet to be nailed down, Kuo believes the new iPod touch could kick off a huge Apple product cycle at the beginning of September that will see the release of a smaller iPad, a tweaked full-sized iPad and a next-generation iPhone.
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Oh, wild speculation... where would we be without you?

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I want the iPod Classic to get the new touch interface and to be in line with the iOS, please!!

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All I hope is that the Nano gets Bluetooth for wireless headphones and such.
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iPod rumors on AI...  How nostalgic!    lol.gif

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All I hope is that the Nano gets Bluetooth for wireless headphones and such.

I wonder if adding a basic phone is possible. No apps. Except music. Sell for 99.99. That would be interesting... A lot of people do not want full fledged smart phones, just a good phone with a good, portable contact list. Although many do want texting, which would be very difficult in that small form factor...Siri?....probably not. M'eh, I'm just brain farting out loud, it's late.
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I hope the iPad in its most basic form never goes away.  It's a great way to have all your tunes in the car.  Just plug it in and forget about it!

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I wonder if adding a basic phone is possible. No apps. Except music. Sell for 99.99. That would be interesting... A lot of people do not want full fledged smart phones, just a good phone with a good, portable contact list. Although many do want texting, which would be very difficult in that small form factor...Siri?....probably not. M'eh, I'm just brain farting out loud, it's late.
I've been an advocate for that for quite some time...

Anyway has anyone heard of the I'm Watch? There was an ad for one here a few days ago and it encapsulates a lot of the rumors/wishes for the iPod Nano.

http://www.imwatch.it/us-en

Its an Android Smart Watch. Anyway it'd be cool if Apple went that direction but I'll be content with Bluetooth plus a lower price.
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Ok so the rendering doesn't show the LED flash.  Hmm.  Guess he forgot that.

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And here's the 7 inch New(er) iPad:

 

 

700

 

 

No, really!

 

I heard it from a friend of a friend who overheard a conversation by Digitimes...

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I wonder if adding a basic phone is possible. No apps. Except music. Sell for 99.99. That would be interesting... A lot of people do not want full fledged smart phones, just a good phone with a good, portable contact list. Although many do want texting, which would be very difficult in that small form factor...Siri?....probably not. M'eh, I'm just brain farting out loud, it's late.

How about no basic phone and they actually make it bigger. You know, so people can use it?

The current iteration of the iPod is horrible. I've lost three in two weeks and went back to the old 'long' style. My old one. Maybe they want people to lose them so they can sell more.

While I agree that phones are getting huge, beyond portability for the average person, the IPod shrank too much!

Don't get me wrong but in my humble opinion Apple went too far, as far as size goes.

Now imagine you're at the gym on the treadmill, or stepper, or doing squats. You think "I want to change the song.". So it's clipped on your shirt right, because that's where you left it... Oh darn the screen's off... Oh, I have to hit the button to light the screen up. Whew! Got it! O.k. It's upside down. F@!k. O.k. I just hold and move........new song comes on. Oh, I like this one...

It's just a mess!

The current design is taking size to the limit it wasn't supposed to go. If you want to make an iOS watch, then make one. If you want to make an iPod, then stick with what works please!!!

There was a reason everyone liked the 'click wheel' wasn't there? Please... Anyone?......
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And here's the 7 inch New(er) iPad:





No, really!

I heard it from a friend of a friend who overheard a conversation by Digitimes...

Dude!

That would seriously be the best iPod ever! I'm not kidding. If they have to use iOS, then please make it big enough to use iOS.
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And here's the 7 inch New(er) iPad:





No, really!

I heard it from a friend of a friend who overheard a conversation by Digitimes...
Looks like the yet to be announced iPhone Nano 1wink.gif
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Looks like the yet to be announced iPhone Nano 1wink.gif

 

Or maybe the Apple TV Panel remote control... ;-)

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All I hope is that the Nano gets Bluetooth for wireless headphones and such.

 

Agreed. Did you see how much that Pebble Watch raised on Kickstarter. I think an iPod Nano Smart Watch would really be a big seller, especially if you could link it to your iPhone.

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One mother of a bad render if I ever did see one. Was the Apple logo applied in MS Paint? lol.gif

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AI, how about changing the title; should be iPod Touch instead of just iPod - as you should know, there's four versions of the iPod.
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Maybe the 7" iPad will be released, and at the same time the iPod Touch renamed the iPad Nano, giving 3 iPads. The iPod name is a bit old now.

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I want the iPod Classic to get the new touch interface and to be in line with the iOS, please!!

 

Keep dreaming that dream.  

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Oh, wild speculation... where would we be without you?

 

Commonsenseville.

 

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I wonder if adding a basic phone is possible. No apps. Except music.

 

What's the point?

 

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I want the iPod Classic to get the new touch interface and to be in line with the iOS, please!!

 

You realize it has been dead for four years?

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The sweet spot, in my opinion, would be even larger than 4 inches but still small enough to have a legitimately pocketable device. Do that and forget about the rumoured 7.85-inch iPad.

 

If Apple released such a device but kept the price to current levels, the threat from low end of the tablet market would be effectively addressed and we wouldn't have two similarly priced devices competing against each other for a segment of the market. Who knows, maybe this is where Apple is going to end up. After all, Apple has said nothing about what it intends to release. It has all been speculation from third parties claiming to have info from unidentified sources. 

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Remind me, what's an iPod? Are they like the old iPhones I use to take to the beach to listen to Audio Books on?
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Remind me, what's an iPod?

 

An iPhone on AT&T.

 

 

700

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Agreed. Did you see how much that Pebble Watch raised on Kickstarter. I think an iPod Nano Smart Watch would really be a big seller, especially if you could link it to your iPhone.

I think a BT iPod nano is the logical next step in the evolution of consumer electronics.  Obviously others are taking that leap such as Pebble.  Not only does it enable people to workout with BT headphones and a wearable iPod but it would allow people to keep their phone in their pocket, purse, docking station and still get instant access to notifications.  How nice to look at your watch to see it's your boss calling and just tap ignore rather than dig out your phone or run upstairs to see who's calling!  Just an example, but I think these are very simple things to implement and would love to see it go in this direction.

 

oh and regarding a new iPod Touch, it will be interesting to see what they really do.  Continue the Touch or meld the Touch and iPad into a mini iPad.

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I hope the iPad in its most basic form never goes away.  It's a great way to have all your tunes in the car.  Just plug it in and forget about it!

 

 

To me, that aspect was what was amazing about the iPod.  You could have all of your music, which used to take up huge bookshelves at home, in the palm of your hand.

 

Nowadays, that aspect is missing from the newer versions.  They have pitiful small amounts of Flash memory, which requires that you pick asnd choose what will be included.

 

If Apple came out with an iPod touch with a big honking hard drive, it would interest me greatly.  And it might inspire sales to people who have cellphones with pitiful small capacities to buy a second Apple device.

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Agreed. Did you see how much that Pebble Watch raised on Kickstarter. I think an iPod Nano Smart Watch would really be a big seller, especially if you could link it to your iPhone.

 

This is definitely the future. Honestly if Apple moved the Nano in that direction (just like the "I'm Watch" I linked above) I'd buy one in a heart beat and I know I'm not alone.

 

The problem with the iPod lineup now is after smartphones took off people didn't need standalone music players. But there definitely IS a market for a small device to see notifications since phones are much bigger nowadays (and the iPhones rumored to grow quite a bit as well).

 

This is where the future of the iPod lineup is going to be. 

 

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I think a BT iPod nano is the logical next step in the evolution of consumer electronics.  Obviously others are taking that leap such as Pebble.  Not only does it enable people to workout with BT headphones and a wearable iPod but it would allow people to keep their phone in their pocket, purse, docking station and still get instant access to notifications.  How nice to look at your watch to see it's your boss calling and just tap ignore rather than dig out your phone or run upstairs to see who's calling!  Just an example, but I think these are very simple things to implement and would love to see it go in this direction.

 

oh and regarding a new iPod Touch, it will be interesting to see what they really do.  Continue the Touch or meld the Touch and iPad into a mini iPad.

 

BlueTooth is a minimum requirement that I was surprised they didn't include last year. It's so tacky seeing people using Nano's as watches then having a cord dangling from their wrists to their ears. Even if the Nano doesn't get a pseudo Notifications Center BlueTooth is a must this time around.

 

As far as the Touch, they are probably going to continue selling the current A4 model again with a lower price and then launch a larger model (whether that be 4 inch or 7 inch) on top. The Touch should remain separate from the iPad because the iPad is for education and the Touch is for entertainment. If anything the Touch will align more with the rumored TV than the iPad.

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I wonder if adding a basic phone is possible. No apps. Except music.
Phone, camera, photos, contacts, music. wifi only for accessing iTunes match or purchases.

Sell unlocked for say $200.

Could be a hit.

But something tells me Appe would never do it

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I wonder if adding a basic phone is possible. No apps. Except music. Sell for 99.99. That would be interesting... A lot of people do not want full fledged smart phones, just a good phone with a good, portable contact list. Although many do want texting, which would be very difficult in that small form factor...Siri?....probably not. M'eh, I'm just brain farting out loud, it's late.

 

Uh, that's already available. It's called "iPhone 4." Why would someone pay that much for less functionality?

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