World+Dog predicts new iPods, Macs imminent
Announcement in two weeks' time?
The net's abuzz with anticipation as to what Apple's going to announce at an event said to be taking place on 9 September. At the very least, new iPods seem certain to be unveiled shortly, and quite likely new laptops Macs too.
First, it's important to note that Apple usually announces iPod refreshes late August/early September, so changes to the line should come as no surprise to anyone. Digg.com's Kevin Rose last week forecast a new Nano design - thank god; the current one's awful - and a cheaper, more iPhone-like iPod Touch.
Pictures the Nano design that appeared at the time have subsequently been effectively confirmed by pics of cases designed to wrap around the new model, so we can safely assume Rose is right on this one.
The new Nano re-adopts the 'upright' look of the first two generations of the product rather than the squat styling of the current model.
Apple's new Nano? The player (left) and the cover
Having tweaked the iPhone 3G's look to add a cheaper, more wireless friendly plastic back panel, Apple will undoubtedly want to do the same for the Touch, for the same reasons. Website iDealsChine claims the Touch will also get GPS, but then shots of what it alleges are CAD designs supplied to accessory manufactuers also sport front-facing cameras, which seems unlikely.
iPod Touch as VoIP phone anyone? It's possible, but why would Apple undercut its iPhone business this way? That said, iDealsChina's CAD pics for the iPod Nano 4G match all the other pics of the product.
Adding GPS to the Touch makes sense, especially if Apple can leverage its iPhone internal design, making the Touch essentially an iPhone 3G minus the telephone stuff. It didn't quite to do that with the original Touch and iPhone, but that's surely one of its cost-reduction goals.
No one has mentioned the iPod Classic and Shuffle, but these will soon be a year old too and, again, are likely to be refreshed.
Rose introduced the 9 September launch date over the weekend, and several other pundits have since chipped in to say that's what they've heard too.
It's also been claimed that Apple will double-up and introduce new MacBooks too. Revamps are thought to be in offing ever since what appeared to be aluminium-clad MacBooks were photographed and the snaps posted on the web earlier this summer.
Earlier this month, Intel introduced its latest laptop chippery, Centrino 2, so the MacBook Pros could be updated too.
However, both the MacBook and MacBook Pros have been updated once this year already, in February, so Apple may choose to wait. The Mac Mini hasn't been updated since August 2007, so that has to be a stronger candidate for a refresh.
I didn't really think that my posting was that obscure
I wanted more than 8Gig and find apple kit with HDDs in them incredibly prone to failure.
So to stick to Flash based I had to go for the iPod Touch, personally I think the form factor of the current Nano range is the best one they have come up with.
My household (and also mates) have went through too many HDD equipped iPods, whereas my old Creative Zen survived everything except my wife losing the bloody thing (it is probably still running)
"I would have preferred a 16 gig Nano to the touch, however as I refuse to use an HD equipped iPod it was the only option available (I'm definately not gullable enough to buy an iPhone)"
Not sure what you're trying to say here, but all the Nanos are flash-based. Only the Classic is HD-based.
Oh bloody typical
I was actually going to say am I the only person in the universe that prefers the current iPod nano shape.
Then I realised that everybody I have ever spoken to prefers the squat version, the screen is a nice size, the track pad is a decent size, and it not only sits nicely in the palm of the hand but can also be tucked away into a regular wallet.
I just bought an iPod touch and it's pretty OK (though it's very noisy with decent headphones (ultimate ears in this case)). Gps would be nice on it if it had downloadable maps.
I would have preferred a 16 gig Nano to the touch, however as I refuse to use an HD equipped iPod it was the only option available (I'm definately not gullable enough to buy an iPhone)
re: Still waiting for an iPhone Nano
"The original one [iPod Touch] is an iPhone really, despite what the article says."
No it isn't an iPhone, as it doesn't contain a phone. C'mon think: tt's not rocket science.
> Every iPod Touch sale is a potential iPhone lost sale, as they are basically the same.
Well, except for any features that work over the mobile phone network, such as making and receiving phone calls, having voicemail, sending and receiving text messages, accessing any internet-based services (web, email, Google Maps etc.) where there's no Wi-fi, GPS, etc.
For anyone that wants a PHONE - the iPod touch is not a substitute.