Apple tends to update its iPods around September every year, and this year probably won’t be any different. What will be different, though, is the nano. According to sources close to Apple’s manufacturing chain, the iPod nano is set to shed its square design and go back to the way things were…
As of 2010, the iPod nano has been just a slither of its past self. It shed the ability to play video in favour of a size not much bigger than the iPod shuffle, albeit with a touchscreen and a dumbed-down version of iOS. It’s been a good seller, and Apple has tried to pitch it to users as a watch, but is the square nano about to die?
According to rumours from somewhere deep inside murky depths of the Chinese supply chain, the 7th generation nano will regain its old, elongated shape. On top of that, it’ll get an iPhone-like home button and a revamped iTunes offering, presumably to allow for on-the-fly song buying.
We’d take this with a pinch of salt. While it makes sense for Apple to bring iTunes (and maybe more apps) to the nano, it won’t want to cannibalise any iPod touch sales. Moreover, the whole wristwatch thing the current nano has going on is a strong selling point.
But it’s definitely not out of the realms of possibility. Apple knows first hand the backlash that faces any product refresh that doesn’t make any drastic hardware changes. Remember what happened at the iPhone 4S launch?