Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, recently released a report outlining Apple’s possible product release schedule for this fall. Digging in a little deeper, Kuo believes Apple will be setting everything in motion with “all new” iPod touch and iPod nano models.
This claim sounds reasonable considering that last year, Apple barely updated any of their iPod products. For instance, the iPod touch, the one selling today, was introduced in a white version, retained the A4 system-on-a-chip, and the entry price was lowered to $199. As for the iPod nano, it saw a price reduction and a software update.
Where Kuo’s report lacks in specific details, other reports pick up. For instance, Macotakara reported a few weeks ago that the next-generation iPod nano would have a rectangular form factor complete with a larger screen (still significantly smaller than the iPhone or iPod touch screen) and a home button. It’s also very unlikely that this device would run iOS or iOS apps. It would just look like it could.
Kuo noted in his report that the new iPod touch would include the in-cell display technology that is reportedly making it’s way into the next-generation iPhone. Once again, Macotakara chimes in with details. They claim that the new iPod touch will also be equipped with the same 4-inch display that is rumored to be coming to the new iPhone. The site also claims that the new iPod touch will have internals very similar to that of the iPhone 4S, while the backing of the device will be made of “buffed aluminum”, which is a divergence from the classic mirrored stainless steel.
These are some of the first rumors we’ve heard regarding next-generation iPods as all of the rumor mill’s attention has been focused on the forthcoming iPhone and possible “iPad mini” launch. That said, and even though the iPod line, at least as a brand, is in decline, Apple seemingly has to do something with the stagnant product lineup.
Images courtesy of Macotakara.