At first glance, if it wasn't for the touchscreen display up front, you could easily mistake the new iPod nano for the iPod shuffle. Significantly smaller than its predecessor, the new nano gains a clip, a 1.54-inch 240 x 240 multitouch-capable display and the shuffle's VoiceOver, turning it potentially Apple's most tactile PMP yet.
Steve Jobs revealed that the iPod touch has become the best-selling iPod from the company's range, and having spent some hands-on time with the fourth-generation model we don't see that changing anytime soon. Even thinner than before - at just 0.28-inches deep - and now fronted by the same glorious Retina Display from the iPhone 4, the new iPod touch delivers the dual cameras we were hoping for and plenty more.
The theme of many of my conversations with reporters the past week was centered on the question of whether or not the iPod is still relevant. I maintained that there was still a large market for the iPod and Apple verified that today when they shared that they have sold 275 Million iPods to date. The iPod is still a healthy business for Apple and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.
And sure enough, the iPod Touch just got the refresh it so aptly deserved. And while all of the other iPods may have gotten their own improvements, it's the iPod Touch that's getting the best new features. Now that the iPhone 4 is out, there was plenty of speculation regarding the iPod Touch: would it get the same features? Yes, yes it will. And, now it's official.
Just six hours to go until we kick off our Apple iPod event liveblog over at http://live.slashgear.com/, and we're looking forward to seeing exactly what Steve Jobs and his Cupertino compadres have in store. Among the rumors are a new, smaller and potentially touchscreen iPod nano, a dual-camera iPod touch equipped for FaceTime, and a significant reboot of the Apple TV concept with a new focus on streaming content.
The closer we get to September 1st, the more the rumor mill regarding the upcoming devices from Apple will pick up. It's the same every time. That doesn't make it any less exciting, though. After seeing some cases pop up on a Chinese vendor's website, it seems that some new sources are coming forward, and enlightening us on what the new fourth-generation and sixth-generation iPod Touch and iPod Nano are going to look like.
When pictures show up of a new Apple product, it tends to get people in a frenzy. Even if they are, just like in this case, just the outline of the device. With these new cases, the sixth generation iPod Nano and fourth generation iPod Touch are supposedly revealed. No, you don't get to see what the gadgets actually look like, but you do get to see what it would look like to have a very colorful case on them.
With Apple's annual iPod event just a week away, will it just be a camera-blessed iPod touch on stage with Steve Jobs or has the Cupertino company got something exciting in streaming to offer us? Rumors from the past 6-12 months about a potential iTunes streaming or sharing service are beginning to coalesce; All Things D's sources in the music industry are suggesting that, rather than an outright streaming system, Apple will launch a web-based iTunes branch which can be easily linked to from social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Bloomberg's suggestion that Apple were planning $0.99 TV show rentals distracted us from perhaps more imminent news: that their sources reckon the company is preparing a September 7th event in San Francisco. That, it's claimed, would see a new Apple TV - tipped to be renamed the Apple iTV - debut, alongside the fourth-generation iPod touch.