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iPod nano 4G Rendering  (Source: Engadget)

iPod 4G Renderings  (Source: iLounge)
4G iPod line expected to be announced at event

We haven't heard much from the Apple camp in respect to new products since it launched the iPhone 3G that is currently doing well in the marketplace. Apple is the number one brand in MP3 players with the iPod line sitting far above its competitors on the sales charts.

Rumors have been circulating for a while now that Apple would soon introduce new iPod models. Renderings have been surfacing showing the possible design of the new iPod nano and iPod touch players. Engadget has a rendering of the new iPod nano that is advertising some sort of screen protector for the device.

The 4G nano ditches the short, fat design that was not popular with the 3G nano and returns back to a tall, slim design much closer to the design of previous generation nano players. The 4G nano has a flat screen, but the player itself is rounded on the edges.

Renderings of a new iPod touch have surfaced as well that show it to be in a case very similar to that of the new iPhone 3G. The design change is really no surprise considering the old touch used the same chassis as the original iPhone. According to iLounge, the new iPod nano will measure 38.75mm x 90.75mm x 6.08mm. Those dimensions -- if accurate -- would make the 4G nano slightly taller and thinner than previous nanos.

The rendering also gives the supposed dimensions of the touch as well. The touch is reported to measure 111mm x 61.8mm x 8.4mm -- making it roughly the same size as the original iPod touch.

MacRumors reports that a September 9 press event from Apple has been confirmed. It is assumed the 4G iPod nano and 2G iPod touch will be introduced at this event. Other possible upcoming announcements include updated MacBook and MacBook pro systems.

MacRumors, however, believes that updates to the MacBook won’t come until October though.



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By mikefarinha on 9/4/2008 12:36:53 PM , Rating: 2
I thought this was a joke when I first heard it.
http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archi...

Basically, over a week ago Microsoft said they were going to announce a new product 9/9/08. Apple fanboys got wound up saying that Microsoft was trying to spoil an Apple product launch, eventhough Apple made no plans to launch a new product...

Is the tail waging the dog here?




By kelmon on 9/4/2008 12:44:14 PM , Rating: 3
Well, with all due respect to them, it's going to take something pretty special for a Microsoft product launch to have much impact on one from Apple. I'm not trying to have a go at Microsoft but I think we all know which event will be reported more by the media. Certainly there won't be much of a dilemma for a tech reporter to decide which event they want to attend...


By cheetah2k on 9/4/2008 6:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
Zune Phone?

I would laugh if MS called it the zPhone


By tayhimself on 9/4/2008 12:56:37 PM , Rating: 1
Apple = Epic fail!!!!!!!!111111111
Microsoft Zune refresh is so much more exciting


By hinchesk on 9/4/2008 2:32:33 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Once you get videos on there, 2gb is going to fill up fast.


2G = 2nd generation of the device
2G != 2Gb of storage space


By porkpie on 9/4/2008 2:51:57 PM , Rating: 4
Um, NOTHING is worse than being locked into iTunes.


By Phynaz on 9/4/2008 3:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, but my iPod works fine without ITunes.

I guess I must have the special iTunesless edition.


By omnicronx on 9/4/2008 4:23:33 PM , Rating: 4
Yes.. because an unsupported third party plugin is something for the masses..

Not that the zune is any better, as it also requires software, but don't make it out as though Apple does not try to force you to use itunes.


By StevoLincolnite on 9/4/2008 4:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
One thing is worst, and that's Quicktime. (Thank god for Quicktime Alternative).


By sprockkets on 9/4/2008 7:17:08 PM , Rating: 3
And thank god for quicktime only being used nowadays only on apple's website. Losers!


By StevoLincolnite on 9/5/2008 12:40:17 AM , Rating: 3
That is still One website to much!


By tayhimself on 9/4/2008 3:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
Silversound : I was baiting the mod trolls. Anything pro-apple is instantly downrated here. It is pretty hilarious. The Zune is a decent DAP by all accounts, but MS doesn't really get marketing (squirt, social, etc). Ipod still wins for overall experience though from the few that I have used.
I don't own either as I mostly listen to music at my desk. Is it confirmed that the touch has GPS? I <3 GPS.


By TheDoc9 on 9/4/2008 3:36:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
New ipod touch got new features such as GPS....


Why on earth anyone would need GPS for their MP3 player is beyond me.


By thepalinator on 9/4/2008 4:05:56 PM , Rating: 3
From getting lost while walking around in a music-filled haze?


By porkpie on 9/5/2008 1:46:01 AM , Rating: 1
I confess I once walked in front of a bus that way. Luckily it had good brakes :)


By omnicronx on 9/4/2008 4:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
New ipod touch got new features such as GPS, what does zune have to offer in order to compete?
I don't know.. syncs via wireless, unlimited music downloads for a fixed monthly fee.. dvd quality video out...

vs.. gps on your ipod?

I love the new zune, but the stylings just fall a bit behind the ipod, and the fact that Apple has every accessory known to man (and for cheap) is something the zune just can't match.. A superior product feature wise? the ipod is not..


By kelmon on 9/5/2008 2:50:50 AM , Rating: 2
It all very much depends on what you find important but GPS, for me, is much more important. Wireless syncing is both slow and drains the battery (wired syncing not only does the job faster but also charges the battery), I have no interest at all in a subscription service, and I've never used Video Out on my iPod. My overall feeling about the Zune is that its attempts to differentiate itself from other players has resulted in a number of gimmicky features that aren't compelling enough. But, as I noted, it depends on what you find important and perhaps the gimmicks are important to some.


By kelmon on 9/5/2008 2:53:04 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
New ipod touch got new features such as GPS


Er...I think you might want to wait until Tuesday before declaring that. This is "rumor" and rumor has a nasty habit of being completely wrong, particularly when it comes to Apple product releases. Right now all we know is that the iPod Touch does NOT have GPS and to say that it will is wrong.


By mikefarinha on 9/4/2008 3:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
My comment had nothing to do with Zune.

Many believe that the announcement Microsoft is planning has to do with a revolutionary 'laserless' mouse.

check out the video here:
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/


By omnicronx on 9/4/2008 4:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
what a stupid video.. I can do all of those things it mentions with a logitech bluetooth mouse..


By Phynaz on 9/4/2008 3:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love to fail if it means a 75% market share.


What's the big deal?
By DEredita on 9/4/2008 1:41:39 PM , Rating: 2
All the tech sites are reporting this over and over. The Apple news sites are really boring me to death about the upcoming iPods.

Who at this point in time actually cares? By now, most people have an iPod, and it is likely nothing more than a price drop, and a change in case design. Yawn!!!!!

How about those new upcoming Macs? Oh wait, I forget - silly me. Apple seems to give a rats ass on the computer side of things. Too bad their awesome OS has to almost always be mated it overpriced and outdated hardware.

Don't mind me, I am just bitter my overpriced 1 year old Macbook's case has cracks forming in it from carrying it back and forth to work. You'd think for nearly $1700 that the case would hold up at least as good as a Dell's costing a 1/3 of the price.




RE: What's the big deal?
By Omega215D on 9/4/2008 2:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering when Apple will replace their current sound chips for those found in those "cheap" Korean players that sound so much better. Looks like I'll stick with the likes of Cowon and IRiver but since I like to use iTunes to get music an iPod with such high quality sound to match its price would have been ideal.


RE: What's the big deal?
By Omega215D on 9/4/2008 2:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
Also Apple should include better earbuds with their players like Creative, Microsoft and Sony have done. Right now Sony is the only PMP manufacturer on the market that includes pretty high quality earbuds.


RE: What's the big deal?
By gumbi18 on 9/4/2008 7:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple should include better earbuds

No kidding even my PSP earphones sound better than the bundled earphones with the Touch.


RE: What's the big deal?
By MrHanson on 9/4/2008 5:43:51 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding. I was hoping to maybe hear of a mac mini refresh with a penryn processor, more ram, and better integrated graphics.


Who did those dimensions?
By pauldovi on 9/4/2008 1:09:41 PM , Rating: 1
Must of been a computer engineer that dimensioned that ipod in the picture, because it is pretty retarded.




RE: Who did those dimensions?
By lifeblood on 9/4/2008 1:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
I've used an earlier Nano (tall & skinny) and own the Nano 3G. I prefer the 3G with it's short & wide format. I bought an optional skin and belt clip for it which works quite well. I'm not sure the tall & skinny design would work as well.

Still, to each his own.


RE: Who did those dimensions?
By omnicronx on 9/4/2008 4:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree, especially if you intend to watch any video on your nano (which was the reason it had that shape).


By Mojo the Monkey on 9/5/2008 4:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect that it will have the same video playback capability, but that it will lay widescreen on its side, so that you hold it horizontal to view video.

Actually, if this is NOT the case, someone should be fired.


RE: Who did those dimensions?
By Parhel on 9/4/2008 3:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure which picture you mean, but to me the photograph looks distorted. The circle doesn't look quite like a circle, and the whole thing doesn't look quite square. I may be wrong, but I suspect that picture was resized, unintentionally changing the shape.


Big Deal
By kelmon on 9/4/2008 12:39:01 PM , Rating: 1
I actually though DailyTech hadn't bothered to report this because, frankly, it isn't news. Once the event has happened then I'm sure we'll have lots to talk about but reporting that there will be an event isn't very interesting.

Besides, this "news" is announced here 2 full days after everyone else - are you guys asleep?




RE: Big Deal
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2008 12:48:30 PM , Rating: 3
The real news is the leaked design of the nano 4G, which was just leaked this morning. That being said, it makes sense to mention the event where the actual device WILL BE UNVEILED.

Don't you agree?


RE: Big Deal
By kelmon on 9/5/2008 3:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
I retract my previous statement.


Eh?
By therealnickdanger on 9/4/2008 12:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is refreshing just a tad too early, IMO.




New old Nano?
By encryptkeeper on 9/4/2008 1:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's an odd design for the new Nano, having a screen that is taller than it is wide. So, if you want to watch a video on the Nano 4G, do you hold the iPod up and down or do you have to turn it on its side? Or, is it like the iPod touch where it senses the alignment of the device and adjusts accordingly?




Too many generations
By dickeywang on 9/4/2008 12:44:37 PM , Rating: 1
Apple's strategy seems to be, design a product, and then remove some of the features for the first release, and then add those features back one by one in the future generations.




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