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Small Square Apple Touchscreen Display Leaks

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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?
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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...

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Via tw.apple.pro (Chinese language site)

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