Apple: iPod nano, iTunes 8, MacBook touch?

The Apple rumour machine continues to revolve, and the speculative ‘evidence’ is mounting up that confirms the September 9 event will see the introduction of new iPod nanos, iTunes 8 and all the other bits and pieces that have been discussed.

EnGadget has a new image – sure, it could be a fake, but it looks pretty much in-line with what we’re expecting right now – a longer and thinner iPod nano with a larger side-mounted screen. Though whether the images emerged in response to the rumour or vice versa, we can’t say.

We know Apple PR has been active in recent weeks, meeting with journalists from across the sector while quietly confirming the numbers for the event. In other words, they’re planning to turn up the heat..While we can see the shape, we can’t yet predict what features to expect from Apple’s new range – given the company’s seeming strategy to reinvent iPods as connected devices, we’re curious if WiFi connectivity will feature across the range? .

iTunes 8, incidentally, will include Genius music recommendations, reports claim, and will also support High Definition video downloads through the Store – until now HD was only available to Apple TV owners.

We’re also heartened that Digg founder Kevin Rose has now confirmed that the new visualiser in iTunes 8 will be based on Magnetosphere, which we predicted late last week, writing on his Twitter feed, “Confirmed: This was visualization I saw in a build of iTunes 8.0.”

Magnetosphere revisited (audio by Tosca) from flight404 on Vimeo.

Interestingly, there’s been little if any chatter on the notion of an iTunes all-you-can-eat music subscription service…on previous form, that the Mac web has no clear clue on this doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen…though it makes me think why not introduce that feature in November, to boost Christmas iPod sales?

Anyway, concluding this post, anyone recall this claim from July? Apple’s secret product is the MacBook Touch.
“Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too. By October at the latest.”

For an idea of what this device may well be – and how it could impact the music and media business – read this very interesting op-ed here.

Anyone notice Imagination’s news last week?

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