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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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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
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.

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