“Apple is poised to introduce a radically redesigned iPod nano next week that will retain its trademark I/O connector despite its drastically reduced form factor,” Neil Hughes and Kasper Jade report for AppleInsider. “Meanwhile, rumors pertaining to 3G-enabled iPod touches and a new version of iLife are also on the table.”
“People familiar with the matter indicated that the size and shape of the device, revealed this week through photos of third-party cases, will be more akin to the iPod shuffle than the current-generation iPod nano,” Hughes and Jade report. “Even with this small size, however, it is expected to have a traditional iPod dock connector, allowing compatibility with the existing iPod accessory ecosystem.”
“The new iPod nano is said to utilize a tiny 3cm-by-3cm display that was revealed in its bare form as unknown Apple-branded component earlier this summer,” Hughes and Jade report. “For comparison, the second-generation iPod nano had a screen that was about 3cm by 2.5cm.”
Hughes and Jade report, “It is not clear how input will be handled with Apple’s new iPod nano. Previous reports indicated that the new, small display will be a touchscreen, though its limited available real estate could make navigation difficult.”
There’s much more in the full article, including images, here.