Macotakra is reporting that the rumored 7.85-inch iPad will indeed officially be called the “iPad mini”. The rumor mill has been calling this rumored device the “iPad mini” for some time now, likely for brevity and obviousness.
Next, the report claims that the next-generation iPod nano will be equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities so that the device can tap into Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud feature set. Users would be able to download previously purchased content so long as they are connected to the internet.
Lastly, Macotakra offers it’s two cents on the “mystery hole” found on the recently leaked iPod touch case. They believe it could be related to near field communications (NFC) technology, the same technology frequently used in touch-less payment systems.
Now for my input. I think “iPad mini” is an obvious choice. The term “nano”, at least to my mind, implies something is impossibly small. Others, such as John Gruber, have suggested that suffix “Air” might be used. I like the sound of it, but I can’t see Apple doing that- it could be confusing to consumers to cross names amongst product lines.
As for the iPod nano receiving Wi-Fi capabilities, color me skeptical. The nano is a tiny package with a tiny battery, and I would find it hard to believe they could pack Wi-Fi technology in such a small envelope. Let’s say Apple even enlarges the device as has been rumored, I still can’t see there being enough room to support the technology. Then again, I’m not a hardware engineer.
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