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How iPod nanoshuffle Might Look

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Just a really quick sketch for those who may still be having trouble visualizing what the new mini touchscreen iPod nano-shuffle-micro might look like.

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Though the radiuses are pretty close here, the real thing’s surely going to be a little different. Expect less metal around the screen, the Dock Connector to be centered below the screen with the headphone port off to its right, and the top to have some nice iPhone 4-style buttons. We’re expecting a clip on back, coming from the right side of the chassis rather than the left like the second-generation shuffle, and like the third-generation shuffle, a little smaller than the rest of the iPod’s back surface. The aluminum will most likely wrap around the top and bottom of the device a la the iPhone 4 and third-generation iPod shuffle; the clip and part of the rear housing would come off for professional servicing purposes, but a plastic core is always a possibility.

One interesting issue: there’s no real room for a camera there. So what’s going to justify a nano-riffic price tag? Hmmmm. A squintable Retina Display? A two-finger multi-touch control system? Wi-Fi, with most of the setup work handled through iTunes since there’s no room for a real keyboard there? New and charmingly short dancing silhouettes? We’ll see tomorrow.

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Comments

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Without a comparison shot of another iDevice, it’s hard to tell just how useful a touchscreen device of that size would be, but personally, I see it as a dilution of the immensely popular Touchscreen iPod/iPhone range. Is that a bad thing? Hard to say, but Apple rarely do things by halves, so if this turns out to be accurate, it could turn out to be the head-turning music device that re-defines the whole sector once again, like the original Nano did several years ago.

Posted by Handsome Dan on August 31, 2010 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

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Maybe the whole screen will be the clickable “home button” (a-la, magic trackpad style)...

Very Nice!

Posted by garanimal on August 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM (PDT)

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I’m sure it will be fine but I just can’t figure out what is the reason for making everything smaller. Seems sort of impractical, easy to fumble and drop, not to mention lose it.. I guess we’ll see. The ipod touch is really the right form/function factor for my money.

Posted by Ray on August 31, 2010 at 7:52 PM (PDT)

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