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New iPod touch & nano On The way

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So the iPhone 3G is out and endless rumours of a new model (if not new features) can be put to bed for now, which means I'm not at all surprised to see the iPod speculation has begun in full force...

Talk of both a new iPod touch and iPod nano are gathering momentum with the former showing up in the latest firmware 2.1 beta courtesy of a code reference to "iPod2,1". Obviously the touch is the only model which can share the iPhone firmware so the conclusion seems pretty solid.
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What could we reasonably expect? GPS would be most likely along with possibly a 64GB version (though that may be a little soon) and reduced RRPs to counter the iPhone 3G's new subsidised pricing. Beyond that I wouldn't build hopes too high, Apple isn't going to want to compromise iPhone sales by inserting something really cool like a sim card slot for mobile broadband.

Next iLounge claims to have info from that most infamous of sources 'the reliable insider' who claims the new nano will have a larger screen with an iPhone/iPod touch matching widescreen aspect ratio. The decision will mean the nano looks slimmer and more stretched this time around and closer to its original form. Again this evolution seems more than logical even if it draws worrying design comparisons to Microsoft's flash based dead in the water Zunes.

Lastly that controversial move to a cost-cutting an all plastic back for the iPhone 3G may be backfiring if owner talk on Apple's Discussions Forums of hairline cracks on the devices turns out to be more than a handful of faulty units. Years on from the scratch debacle of the 5G iPods and 1G nanos, this would be a headache of déjà vu-esque proportions.

I'm guessing Apple will get official with all this in September.

Links:
MacRumours
iLounge
Apple Discussions Forum

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