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Is This The 4G iPod nano?

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Is This The 4G iPod nano?

As any moderately techy person knows September is the month when Apple traditionally revamps its iPod range and with that now less than a week away the rumour mill has predictably reached top gear...

The iPod nano is the main subject of the chitter chatter this time around and the info comes from sometimes hit but mostly miss source Kevin Rose - the founder of Digg.

According to Rose, the fourth generation iPod nano will revert to its original elongated shape to fit a larger widescreen display which will show video in landscape mode for the first time. It will also be far more rounded (like the back of the iPhone 3G but both sides) and he has produced the render which you see here. This ties with what we're hearing.

Away from the former chubby one (the nano, not Rose) - the original digger also says the iPod touch will feature minor external revisions akin to those made to the iPhone 3G but a 64GB model apparently isn't on the menu yet. That said the touch - as well as the entire iPod line - will see price cuts with the 8GB touch falling to $299. This should help given the potential of the subsidized iPhone 3G to cannibalise iPod sales long term.

Lastly, a 2.1 firmware will be revealed for both touch and iPhone while iTunes 8.0 will appear and bring undisclosed additional functionality (subscription services, anyone?).

In related news Blu-ray support may at last appear with Mac OS X 10.5.6 but given Rose's past record let's just say we'd be pleased if half of this comes off.

Time scale? Further afield for Blu-ray but the iPod changes are due within the next few weeks, allegedly...

Link:

KevinRose.com

ilovethemonkeyhead

August 25, 2008, 9:52 am

it's pig ugly... there, i said it :D





personally i can't see the reason behind whacking a wide screen on a player this size, anyway.

MadMacs

August 25, 2008, 2:30 pm

I think this is the Nano 4G... it fits rumours from varied sources that say Apple are going back to the candybar form factor, and it's curvy chassis fits Apple's recent trend of styling to make devices appear thinner by adding curves...





The iMac - bulges at the back, MacBook Air - teardrop shape, and iPhone 3G - more back-bulge...





And I'll wager that they arrive in September, infact I think Apple might just be planning a major overhaul ready for the Christmas period. Because slowing iPod sales show they are in need of revision - focus seems drawn to the Nano & Touch... MacBook's have been due their aluminium makeover for some time. MacBook Pro has been due a new (and much rumoured) chassis. And then we start thinking about Centrino 2. And whether the iMac might get in on the action. But rather than putting too much on Apple's plate - I say new Nano, Touch, newly designed MacBook & MacBook Pro's packing Centrino 2 in September...





Game on...

Juxtah

August 25, 2008, 3:18 pm

It's looks like a really bad 3ds max render with a blur applied, it looks awful and I doubt it's real however this is Apple...

GherkingTR

August 25, 2008, 4:44 pm

It's not really in line with classic Apple design. I'd expect something that deviates from previous models but nothing radical. A dead give-away is the curved front, it wouldn't sit flush with the touch wheel unless they curved that as well, which would cause problems.


I can't yet decide whether I like reading about tech rumours... it's fun though!

Luan Bach

August 25, 2008, 5:38 pm

The iPod Touch 8GB is already at $299.

Gordon394

August 25, 2008, 8:31 pm

@Luan - in the UK it is &#163199 ($400) so the price drops would be extremely welcome.

Juxtah

August 25, 2008, 11:09 pm

@Luan - that's still too expensive for what it does, considering the Archos 605 has more features including a bigger screen and is cheaper the 8GB Touch would need to come down to &#163120 to even make it slightly worth it.





And @ Shaun O'Flaherty - Apple brings out revisions almost twice a year, so they are due. However Apple being Apple the degree to which the designs will change pales in comparison to companies like Cowon (see the jump from the D2 to the S9 Curve). And Apple getting into centrino 2 this early? Again I doubt it, they will doubtless make the switch at some point but I'd expect it to be early next year before they do so.

Luan Bach

August 26, 2008, 12:15 am

@Juxtah, but does the archos fit in your trouser's pocket ? I've been working on both the Touch and iPhone and I rather have the Touch. Waiting for the refresh to get my personal's one.





@Gordon, I know that, but I assumed the article was talking about the US otherwise why list the price in $.

ilovethemonkeyhead

August 26, 2008, 1:08 am

i hope apple put a dedicated graphics chip in their macbooks... i am swaying so far to the mac side ( to try out running windows), the only thing stopping me is the graphics options. and i love the macbook keyboard.

Ironduke

August 26, 2008, 2:17 am

the new macbooks will for sure use intels new gfx chip, its alot better then the current ones but still not upto scratch, question is are they going to do anything with the mini?





I long for the day intel release a smaller version of the macpro (similar in size to the Silverstone SG03) for Mac Owners who want desktop power and windows gaming

Juxtah

August 26, 2008, 2:31 am

@ Luan - Have you seen them next to each other? The archos is about the same thickness, and only wider by a few millimeters and taller by a centimeter. The fact is that if you can fit the iPod Touch in your pocket without a squeeze you can manage the Archos.

Gordon394

August 26, 2008, 7:26 am

@Juxtah - much as we love the Archos 605 (http://www.trustedreviews.com/..., it isn't a particularly pocket friendly device! Now the Archos 5 on the other hand...


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