As Apple’s event approaches, rumors about what they will be announcing center around 2 updated devices: an iPod Touch and an iPod Nano. The new iPod Nano will keep its dock connector, but will be drastically different size and shape. Rumors say the iPod Touch may feature 3G connectivity.
People familiar with the matter indicated that the size and shape of the device, revealed this week through photos of third-party cases, will be more akin to the iPod shuffle than the current-generation iPod nano. Even with this small size, however, it is expected to have a traditional iPod dock connector, allowing compatibility with the existing iPod accessory ecosystem. — AppleInsider
Despite it’s shrinking form-factor, the new iPod Nano may have a slightly bigger screen, going from about 3cm by 2.5cm to 3cm by 3cm. Apparently, the speculation hinges mostly on case designs from overseas manufacturers. In the Nano’s case, it seems there will also be buttons on the side. Those buttons on the side may not be enough to actually navigate the device, so there is also speculation that it may have a touch screen. An opening in the back of the case indicates either a clip or possibly more controls.
What may be more interesting is speculation the a next-generation iPod Touch would include 3G and/or WiFi as the iPad does. Apple has had much success with the iPad device and they may be looking to milk it for all it’s worth.
People familiar with Apple’s plans have also heard over the last few months that the company has strongly considered mimicking its iPad offerings by adding a 3G option to some of its iPod touch portable media players, though it is unclear whether the Cupertino-based company has decided to proceed with those plans as part of next week’s announcement.
In addition to wireless connectivity, it’s rumored that the new iPod Touch may come with dual cameras for FaceTime action. It may also have Apple’s Retina display that we’ve seen on the iPhone 4. This would be an interesting move as Apple could eventually take business away from the very carries providing the data connection. Why buy a complete mobile plan when all you need is a data plan to make and receive calls using FaceTime?
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