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Small Square Apple Touchscreen Display Leaks

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Small Square Apple Touchscreen Display Leaks

This should start a whole flurry of new rants and rumours...

It seems Apple just can't keep a secret anymore as photos have now leaked of a small square 30 x 30mm touchscreen covered in the company's patents. Is it a new iPod touch display? An iPod shuffle? An iPhone nano? Something else entirely? Perhaps complete nonsense?

Given the accuracy of Apple leaks in the last few years we're hopeful nonsense can be ruled out, especially as it would mark a brave new step in a potential iPod/iPhone evolution. After all any move to incorporate a smaller touchscreen would surely also mean adoption of iOS 4 and the next step in Apple's clever feeder system which has so far successfully made the iPod touch a starting point for many eventual iPhone owners.

Then again, before we get too theoretical here, it is worth pointing out that half the unity in iOS 4 had been the ubiquitous 3.5in screen size on all devices and their matching aspect ratio. The iPad threw a spanner in the works, but nothing like adding a smaller, square screen into the mix would do.

On the plus side Apple seems to have come to terms with widening its iOS platform - especially with the ever larger gaps in horsepower between current devices and the original iPhone - and a square screen on a cheaper device would create a lucrative new line in redesigned apps.

So a fascinating insight or utter rubbish? With Apple tending to refresh its iPod lines in September, we shouldn't have long to find out...


Via tw.apple.pro (Chinese language site)

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July 12, 2010, 12:51 pm

I don't believe in leaks any more. Just people don't want to her some sterile announcements from companies CEOs any more, so marketing found a new way to announce future plans... I came on TR to see what's new :P so everything is in place, but I still think that is pathetic...

Eric Doyle

July 12, 2010, 1:34 pm

If it is a screen, I would go with the theory that it may be for an iWatch prototype. Can't help thinking it looks a bit like a trackpad, though. Let's start a new rumour that it's a trackpad for a yet-to-be-announced netbook to bridge between the iPad and the MacBook


July 12, 2010, 3:41 pm

Looks like a trackpad to me too. Also, the ribbon cable and press-on connectors look like the ones used inside laptops to connect devices to the motherboard. The cables look a bit long for use inside an iPod, especially as presumably the screen would cover the majority of the surface area of the device.


July 12, 2010, 9:40 pm

iphone with a rear screen?

people want a notification light apple gives you a whole touch screen, you can use it to switch tracks and display the album art, read a quick text or even have a lit up apple logo, I guess it wouldnt use much power so it could be on most of the time if you were using music and could light up when you get a notification.

and when it is off it would just look like part of the back.

just a thought

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