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Cases suggest redesigned iPod nano, updated touch

Some case manufacturers believe that a previously-rumored refresh of the iPod nano is imminent, and have prepared new cases, notes MacRumors. The cases, from Italian accessory maker Puro, look to fit an iPod roughly the size of a fourth or fifth-generation nano, though seemingly wider — a tremendous turnaround from the current nano, with extruded pill curves resembling the second-generation nano and long-gone iPod mini. Rumors have suggested that this model will have an iPod touch-like but smaller touchscreen and Home Button, as well as wireless capabilities; however, no actual parts appear to have surfaced publicly to confirm the device’s existence.

Puro’s designs for the new iPod touch repeat elements found in previously-leaked cases, including a mysterious lower left hole at the bottom of the case seen in earlier case photos. The new iPod touch’s front panel is believed to have been revealed months ago, with a 4” display as its signature feature, and the as-yet-unseen rear shell is thought to be closer to the original iPod touch’s shape. A separate 9 to 5 Mac report claims that Apple will preserve the old iPod touch—perhaps with modest tweaks, such as a new Dock Connector—alongside the new model, while radically updating the nano, and offering new iPod shuffle colors.

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A bigger nano could be exactly what the doctor ordered. The underlying OS is still basically the same OS we’ve had all along (complete with the last remaining functional mobile smartlist implementation), but size of the device makes the touch based UI a chore (nothing like trying to scroll through a list of hundreds of artists on that thing).

Give us back nice sized album art, video playback for full podcast support, and a screen big enough to actually use the thing, then toss on AirPlay support and you’ve got a cheap to manufacture device that maintains iTunes compatibility and meets the needs of those who just want a media player that fits in their pocket.

Posted by Code Monkey on September 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM (CDT)

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