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New iPod touch, nano, shuffle’s set to arrive with 2012 iPhone

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By:Debbie Turner | September 9th, 2012

Much of the fuss in the mobile world at the moment seems to be about the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 but of course many people are also waiting for news on the new iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle. We’ve reported on many leaks and rumors regarding the next iPhone but speculation about refreshed iPod’s has been much more scant. However we hear today that the new iPod lines look likely to arrive at the same time as the 2012 iPhone is unveiled in a big event on September 12.

Although there have been rumors of an iPad mini being revealed alongside the iPhone 5, an article on 9to5Mac tells how the new iPods will be shown off, with the iPad mini more likely to be unveiled at another event in October. The site has also received new information on the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle lines and the situation with the iPod touch in particular sounds pretty intriguing. It seems as though the new entry-level iPod touch could retain the current form factor with some tweaks, with possibilities including a new dock smaller connector, increased storage or pre-installed iOS 6. However as well as the refreshed entry-level iPod touch there could be two more expensive models with a new design and possibly priced at $299 and $399.

As far as the iPod nano goes there have been rumors of a taller model with WiFi and further news is that the new line will be available in 8 color options. However it could be that only one configuration will be available in this year’s refresh, which it’s thought will be around the same price as the current high-end 16GB nano at $149. For the iPod shuffle it looks as though more colors will be available, 8 instead of the current 5, with a price of around $49, similar to the current model. However as far as specs go there are likely to be minor tweaks instead of major changes.

Returning briefly to the subject of the upcoming iPod touch there’s further news in a report from iMore that claims the new iPod touch will have a larger screen, just as is rumored for the iPhone 5. The display is said to be 4-inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio although it’s not yet known whether it will be the same panel used for the new iPhone or a less expensive IPS panel for example. iMore also inform about other possible inclusions for the next iPod touch, including an improved processor and increased storage, perhaps to 128GB. As these were not improved on last year’s iPod touch it does make sense that this could happen.

Hopefully we only have a few more days to find out all of the official news from Apple about the new iPod touch, nano and shuffle and in the meantime we’d welcome your thoughts. Are you waiting to see new iPods revealed at the Apple event this coming Wednesday? Would you be pleased if the iPod touch stepped up to a larger display? Let us know with your comments.

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  • nat

    Would love a bigger screen,,,,, can’t wait

  • Dat

    I’m in need of an mp3 player right now. I would love it with internet connection and with massive storage. If they make a 128GB iPod touch I’m buying it. My only concern is that it will be twice as expensive. We’ll see.

  • mac

    I have got the 4th gen, a bigger screen on the 5th would be great. More GB and a faster processor would be much appreciated also.

  • Luis

    Wifi for the Nano is uselesss. As a Nike+ user, I would like to have the GPS instead.

  • Big Wy

    I currently have the 3rd gen iPod touch which I regretfully bought one month prior to the 4th generation with the camera. I didnt want to make the same mistake again so I have been waiting for two years to get a new iPod. I certainly hope I won’t be disappointed

  • Ryan

    It would be great if they kept the current nano the same but added Bluetooth comparability so I can use my wireless headphones with them…

  • http://twitter.com/TennisNewz Tennis Newz

    Why would they go to a taller iPod Nano? It used to be taller and is far better since they shrumk it and added Nike+. What amd I going to do with Wifi in it? I won’t be anywhere near Wifi whem I’m running or at the gym. Even if I had wifi access there I’d prefer just turning the wifi off to get extra battery life. The Nano is great as a shuffle with better storage, control of playlists, and built in Nike+. Even if it was GPS instead of Wifi, I’d prefer to just have the smaller version with no GPS to just clip it on and go.

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