New iPhone to share the stage with new iPod models?
Details are somewhat scarce, but based on leaked cases tips sent to 9to5mac, it appears there could be significant refreshes to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle lines. Much of the update may simply involve the release of new colors and new internal storage options, but there is also evidence of a totally new PMP line, one that would be closer in profile to the original iPod nano line that was significantly taller than wide. Renderings (like the one shown below) are based on cases that have been leaked, and suggest that Apple maybe looking at resurrecting a smaller device, but with a larger touchscreen and an iPhone/iPod-like home button on the bottom.
Whether such a device would be billed as a different type of iPad nano, or simply get its own branding isn’t known. If these rumors pan out it could be an interesting event – in years gone past it wasn’t unusual for Apple to announce several product refreshes at one event, but in recent years they have tended towards events tailored for a specific part of their product line. Of course the PMP part of Apple’s lineup is one of the few areas where sales have been regularly decreasing, so if they hope to rekindle interest in their iPod lineup then perhaps letting new models ride on the coattails of their most popular product isn’t a bad idea.
Either way we’ll be sure to keep you up to date Apple’s takes the stage next week!
1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
well i sure hope it doesnt look like this rendering… a home button seems stupid as opposed to the click wheel with touchscreen for something without lots of functions.. or just the touchscreen would be good
7. Aeires (unregistered)
Apple needs to get over it's love affair with their ugly home button. Nothing says "dumbed down" like a big mechanical button on your screen. Everything is touch screen and modern looking except the round home button they use.
22. E.N. (Posts: 2562; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
"Nothing says "dumbed down" like a big mechanical button on your screen"
Well Samsung seems to disagree with this.... and they seem to be making pretty smart devices despite their mechanical home button.
23. JessJess (unregistered)
You know how Apples products are designed to be used by everyone? That includes people with disabilities. Like the blind. The home button is tactile for a reason, and a good reason they wont change it.
Also E.N. is right. If nothing says "Dumbed down" like a single mechanical button on the device, then you just slated the entire Galaxy series. Well done.
28. cjo1992 (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 May 2012)
LOL this is a funny response. Pretty sure the blind aren't going to be using iPhones since they can't even feel what buttons they are pressing.
29. E.N. (Posts: 2562; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Here ya go! Maybe not so funny after all?
31. JessJess (unregistered)
What an incredibly silly statement.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 15165; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
U mean like the one in the galaxy s 3. C'mon man the iPhone and gs3 look great with those home buttons. It sets them apart.
15. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 May 2012)
just the touch screen would be an ipod touch :P
26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
look at the current ipod nanos… i think not
16. RomeoJDR (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
Agree, but the scroll wheel is perfect for music control. If you use your smartphone in your car for music and don't have dedicated MP3 controls, tactile controls are a must. Have you ever skipped to the next song without taking your eyes off the the road, nope, because you cant. Sure, all new cars will (or maybe do) have that feature, but there are numerous occasions I like having the ability to skip to the next track without taking my music player out of my pocket.
2. toddyb88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
I just want the new Nano to have WIFI allowing it access to the app store so I can install spofify and sync it with my Spotify playlists! Right now there isn't a device out there that is small enough to feel comfortable running with that can do this so I have to run with my EvoLTE in my hand which is very annoying!
3. buccob (Posts: 2009; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
what's the point when you have iPod touches?
6. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I hear ya. But what's the point in buying the iPod touch when you have an iPhone,similarly the iPad? For the most part Apple likes to have all its devices the exact same except for screen size.
12. RomeoJDR (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
If you have an iPhone, then there really is no point in having the Touch. The Touch is a fantastic alternative if you want the features of the iPhone and don't want to have to fork out a recurring $30+/month data plan finding yourself in WiFi coverage most of the time, or if your like me, use your Android phone for productivity and the Touch for fun. Without the click wheel, I completely agree with having no need to own the Touch and the Nano. My 5th gen Nano is, and will remain, my go to device for music. There is no better option to control your music while at the gym, running, mowing...etc, than using the click will to move along to the next song or adjust the volume without having to remove it from your pocket, unlock the display then make your selection. The 6th gen Nano was one of the few products I have seen come from Apple engineered more poorly than its older sibling. Small is great, but no one was thinking "man I wish this thing was smaller" with their previous Nano models, and the touch screen serves an essential utility for smartphones, but is a novelty for dedicated music players. Apparently my opinion is not unique, just check how much more 5th gen Nanos are going for on ebay relative to the lastest. If the renderings are accurate in this article, then Apple has yet to discover what it takes to make you appreciate a dedicated music device over simply using your phone to handle that task.
13. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
although i am not a mac user i do like the fact that they offer their ecosystem to accessed through different screen sizes. and although they dont have as many options as android it does still allow different demographics with different amounts of cash allowance to still purchase their products.
one thing i like about apple is the scheduling of their updates and commitment to updating older hardware, but i think they should release their flagship devices at once: Macbook, iPad, IPhone, iPod to create better coheasion within said eco system
10. JC557 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I would like a smaller version of the iPod touch as I don't need a huge screen for music playback and I don't want to use my phone battery for such a task. I just hope this nano will come with 32GB storage and longer battery life... and a much more reasonable price (thankfully there's craigslist).
I like the 6th Gen iPod Nano but the button implementation is just fail prone. With the buttons reinforced with double sided tape (tear downs) it doesn't help that the headphone jack is in line with the power button, forcing me to grip another part of the player.
I would get the new touch screen Sony Android players but for some reason I can't use 3 button remotes on Android like I can with various forms of iOS. Then again I should focus more smaller players for workout/ running duties.
4. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
I'd like to see a new iPod Classic and I hope they don't kill them off. I've had them since 2003 (third generation). I just want an mp3 player with a huge amount of memory which is designed with playing music as its main purpose. I'd rather pay £200 for a 160gb Classic than £330 for a 64gb Touch, which is full of features I don't need.
17. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 563; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
AMEN, a new 240GB iPod Classic in a fresh aluminum unibody with bluetooth would be heavenly. Ain't gonna happen though.
5. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
You know just once I would like to see the iPod Touch surpass the 4S and/or 5 in hardware just so you don't feel like you're getting a watered down iPhone sans radio.
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Showing new iPod's with the iPhone would be a mistake, IMO. Nothing like splitting the focus of the presentation. Also, an October, 2012 date is being rumored for the launch of the new iPods (including the rumored iPod Touch XL that is supposed to be equipped with a 7.8 inch display panel).
20. RomeoJDR (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
You have to put on some sort of show to set up the stage for the grand finale.
14. RomeoJDR (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
Just bring back the 5th generation Nano. Anyone that has or had this model knows what I'm talking about. There is no better design for the task of being a dedicated music player, specifically the scroll wheel for controls. Sometimes, you just have to realize you did it right the first time and a better design just isn't out there and focus more on audio quality innovation, or package with thumping headphones exclusive to the Nano to entice people to upgrade from previous versions. Apple marketed the New iPad focusing on state of the art resolution, doesn't it make since to focus on state of the art sound quality for a music dedicated device?
18. eman99 (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
the big ugly home button has to be their for the simpleasi minded sheep they get lost to freaquently
19. JC557 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Yeah, the more I look at it the more the home button looks unsightly on the renderings. The current Nano does just fine without a home button.
24. JessJess (unregistered)
As I explained above, the home button is designed so that people with visual impairment or disability can use the device. Its a central tactile button that can activate Accessibility features.
But well done. I suppose the 'simpleasi minded sheep' that use Galaxy devices get lost just as frequently too. Or have you forgotten about the Galaxy's home button?
21. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
When it comes to the iPod I dont want better touchscreens or any gimmicks.
I just want a better battery in it. Bigger battery = more music.
27. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
that pic is so uninspired! it doesnt even look like apple design!!