Only a couple of days left until Apple’s Sept 1 event and the community is buzzing with rumours. The latest evidence, uncovered by AppleInsider, shows the possibility of a long-awaited (at least for me) update of the iPod Nano/Shuffle lineup, with a touchscreen interface making its debut on Apple’s smallest MP3 player to date.
It’s clear that 2010 is a busy, busy year for Apple. A heady combination of new and old, Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated iPad, released the sexy (and controversial) iPhone 4, and a bigger, meaner iMac together with the Apple Magic Trackpad.
Rumors abound from a number of reliable sources that the iPod line will see a major product refresh – a tiny touchscreen shuffle, the iPod Touch will finally get a camera and the fabled retina display on the iPhone 4, and – gasp! – a tinier, 7-inch iPad in the works? Another rumor that might ignite a fresh wave of controversy is the rumored iPhone refresh amidst the antenna issues hounding iPhone 4.
A more recent rumor is the introduction of a cheaper TV device renamed the Apple iTv said to cost only $99 with a 99 cent tv show rental deal in the works.
With the scheduled September 1 event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, these speculations will soon be put to rest. Major announcements for the iPad and iPhone however, might come a bit later in the year or early 2011.
The iPod touch camera rumours couldn’t have been more dismally incorrect; the iPod touch was skipped over unless a meagre memory upgrade is big news. The real news is that the iPod Nano will sport a video camera and microphone for the budding mini photographer/videographer. And for the poor sod who just wants to wake up with a somewhat proper alarm clock, a speaker. Rumours seemed to have missed a great feature however all together: FM radio. Yes, the new Nano is sure to be a juggernaut among ultra portable players thanks to possibilities afforded by a video camera and FM radio.
In its first incarnation, the iPod Shuffle was the player to have if you didn’t need a screen. Besides a little hiss, it smashed through the audio performance of most other players at the time and remains this day, one of the best performing audio players outside audiophile oriented players such as Head-Direct’s Hifiman HM801 and the HiSound AMP3. Well, Sansa’s Clip, which utilises a very similar audio chip, has jut been upgraded to a sturdier package which simply outshines the new and troublesome iPod shuffle which doesn’t allow easy upgrading of the stock (and rubbish) earphones.