iLounge has found a Chinese site showing what they claim to be cases (made by X-Doria) for Apple’s iPod nano and iPod touch models. Notice, how the purported iPod nano case is perfectly square? This suggests that Apple may be set to introduce a redesigned iPod nano with a touchscreen similar to the one that […]
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iPod Nano to be Totally Redesigned, Lose Clickwheel?

iLounge has found a Chinese site showing what they claim to be cases (made by X-Doria) for Apple’s iPod nano and iPod touch models. Notice, how the purported iPod nano case is perfectly square? This suggests that Apple may be set to introduce a redesigned iPod nano with a touchscreen similar to the one that was discovered a month back. However, a perfectly square screen would seem to be a regression from the current iPod nano’s widescreen display.

The nano 6G case features an open strip on the rear – perhaps for a camera or built-in clip – as well as what appear to be volume buttons and a larger button on the top side while a Dock Connector and headphone port are along the bottom.

Just yesterday an analyst predicted that Apple will be dropping the clickwheel from the iPod nano. This case design seems to fall in line with this prediction.

That said, you have to take into account the iPod shuffle. Would Apple be totally replacing the shuffle with the smaller nano? It seems silly to keep both if one could effectively replace the other in terms of size and features.

As for the iPod touch cases show, very little is added to what we already think we know. The case has a hole to make room for a camera and flash similar to the ones found on the iPhone 4. The case does not cover the front bezel, which is believed to house a camera capable of making FaceTime calls.

I really don’t know what to make of this one. On the one hand, I can see them redesigning the iPod nano and canning the iPod shuffle all together. On the other hand I can see them redesigning the iPod shuffle making it a small, touchscreen device. The detail I’m hung up on, is the screen aspect ratio. Apple went to all of that trouble last year to make the screen wider on the nano, now their going to make is smaller and use the 4:3 aspect ratio? We’ll see.

My guess for the small, square screen? A controller for the new Apple TV that is expected to be released at the media event. If the new Apple TV has all of the features that it’s rumored to have, it will need to be controlled with a more sophisticated device than the standard five button remote Apple ships with the current Apple TV. Again, we’ll see how all of this pans out come September 1st.

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