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Digg head leaks 4th-gen iPod nano, iTunes 8?

updated 11:20 am EDT, Sat August 23, 2008

iPod nano 3G Leak

Claims of a tall iPod nano are accurate, Digg founder Kevin Rose says as part of a detailed rumor report. Providing what appears to be photographic evidence, Rose says the portable music player will switch to a tall screen ratio but also a heavily redesigned shell that returns to wrap-around aluminum in a tapered, curved design. The click wheel will remain and switch to dark gray on the silver model, though it's what treatment would apply to different-colored models.

This change, while significant, is just part of a complete revamp of the entire line within two to three weeks, the company head argues. He doesn't detail changes to the iPod classic or shuffle but notes the iPod touch will see smaller cosmetic touches along with the version 2.1 software that adds push notification and additional features. The touchscreen iPod would in this view be the first to receive the update while the iPhone gets the upgrade shortly afterwards.

The most significant move outside of the iPod nano update is allegedly a series of major price cuts to help the iPod "get away" from the $199 iPhone as much as is possible, Rose says. While unverified, the assertion would support Apple's references to a product transition coming before the end of the summer quarter that would lower Apple's gross profit margins on its products.

Rose further says the release will be accompanied by iTunes 8, which is perceived as a major upgrade that "deserves the 8.0 name" rather than the minor updates that have sometimes trigged full version numbers in the past. Details of the software changes themselves are unavailable at this stage.

Separately from the music-driven efforts, the co-founder also hears that Mac OS X will allegedly gain full Blu-ray support as of Mac OS X 10.5.6, though this is less certain and would would likely hinge on the availability of suitably thin, slot-load Blu-ray drives.

The site developer has a mixed track record for predictions and was incorrect in predicting a front camera for what became the iPhone 3G, but accurately called out the details of the original iPod nano just before its release; Rose has also never included an image to support his claims.





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  1. bjojade

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    +1

    Something's not right

    That picture just doesn't look quite right. The curved lens on the display would cause really distorted images.

  1. dom2cool

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    +2

    haha

    easy a fake. i wouldnt be suprised to see a more touch based nano not an allready old looking design. good atempt though.

  1. Commodus

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    Joined: Feb 2002

    +6

    Don't be so sure

    Remember that 3rd-gen iPod nano photo from around this time last year?

    Many of you were insisting that was fake, too, and were picking apart the slightest details even when Apple legal forced some sites to pull it down. But it was 100% dead-on.

    It could still be a fake, but in recent years the accuracy of a photo has been inversely proportional to the number of people who say "Apple would never do that."

  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: Aug 2002

    0

    The 'fat boy' never...

    ...worked for me - too stubby & heavy for the gym for me yet very tiny for pix - hoping for a lossless capable ultra-portable music player with a screen for selectivity - a step up from the shuffle in usability, sound quality & capacity - images benefit from the larger screen/power of the Touch™...

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +9

    Gonna be right!

    Remember, he correctly predicted the iPhone in Dec. 2006. And he was so spot on, too!


    - January launch on "all" providers, both CDMA and GSM

    - Extremely small form factor

    - Two battery design (with single charger) -- one for playing music, the other for phone functions

    -Flash memory: 4GB for $249, 8GB for $449

    -"Slide-out keyboard"

    -Possibly touchscreen


    I mean, come on people! With a track record like that, how can you doubt him???

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -6

    And other c***

    ...but notes the iPod touch will see smaller cosmetic touches along with the version 2.1 software that adds push notification and additional features. The touchscreen iPod would in this view be the first to receive the update while the iPhone gets the upgrade shortly afterwards.

    Why exactly would the Touch users get such an important update over the iPhone users? Esp. since the iPhone is considered more of the communications line for the types where Push would be more wanted?

    The most significant move outside of the iPod nano update is allegedly a series of major price cuts to help the iPod "get away" from the $199 iPhone as much as is possible, Rose says.

    Why? No one is thinking "Hey, I need a small music player. I know I"ll get the nano... Oh, wait, for a the same price, plus $70 a month, I can get a much heavier item named the iPhone? h***, sign me up!"

    While unverified, the assertion would support Apple's references to a product transition coming before the end of the summer quarter that would lower Apple's gross profit margins on its products.

    Or Apple just said that because they like to diminish expectations. And nothing here sounds like the type of 'transition' that would drive down profits. New iPods usually drive more sales, do they not??? And lower prices don't mean lower profits.

    Their last product transition was the iPhone, which was a cause of lowered profits because the old model was off the shelf for 2 months (because they were stocking up for the 3G model - not because of the demand drying up of the 2G model). Do you really think Apple is going to announce a new iPod and then say "In three months, you'll get it!". People don't wait for iPods.

    Rose further says the release will be accompanied by iTunes 8, which is perceived as a major upgrade that "deserves the 8.0 name" rather than the minor updates that have sometimes trigged full version numbers in the past.

    Right. Well, they're up to 7.7, so they're going to be coming out with 8.0 soon enough. And I'm not sure what Apple could do that makes it 'deserve the 8 name'. They've barely added much to iTunes since 5.0 to warrant the version number (adding video or store access doesn't count for me).

    Separately from the music-driven efforts, the co-founder also hears that Mac OS X will allegedly gain full Blu-ray support as of Mac OS X 10.5.6, though this is less certain and would would likely hinge on the availability of suitably thin, slot-load Blu-ray drives.

    Um, it would also hinge on Apple shipping computers with Blu-Ray drives. And offering computers with HDMI ports. And adding in the DRM methods required by Blu-Ray (yes, even to use it on built-in screens).


  1. tmedia1

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    yuck

    That thing looks just wrong. Can't imagine SJ approving THAT thing.

  1. sdmca

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    Ugly Nano

    I don't think it's the real deal, but if it is, it sure is ugly.

  1. chotty

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    I wonder why...

    all these "leaked" photos of unreleased Apple products are always out of focus, with odd reflections, weird shadows bad jpeg artifacts... humm. I find Rose almost as annoying as Digg itself. Ever watch those web video of him and his beer buddy? - That's some "Think Tank" over there.

  1. chotty

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    Joined: Jan 2003

    +1

    Owned:

    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2008/08/24/whats-next-from-apple-new-ipods-sept-22-iphone-os-21-itunes-80/

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