Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:23 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Revamped iPod Nano to Include Oblong Body with Home Button?




Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports that Apple will be redesigning the iPod nano later this year with a new form factor that more closely resembles an iPod touch. According to the report, the iPod nano will apparently sport a rectangular screen and a home button similar to that found on iOS devices.

Given that the screen size on this redesigned iPod nano would appear to be substantially smaller than the iPhone/iPod touch, it seems unlikely that the iPod nano would run iOS apps. Instead, Apple is likely to use a custom operating system and apps skinned to resemble iOS as found on the current incarnation of the iPod nano.

The report also indicates that Apple will be bringing a "dedicated new iTunes service" to the device, but there is no word on what that service would entail.

Apple's iPod lines have generally trended to smaller form factors with each redesign, but this rumored redesign would appear to mark a substantial increase in size from the current form factor, which was introduced in September 2010. Several leaked photos have suggested that Apple planned to add a camera to the smaller form factor, but it appears that the company may have ultimately scrapped those plans.

It would not be unprecedented, however, for Apple to decide that smaller is not necessarily better, particularly if the iPod nano can see increased functionality with the new design. Apple famously removed virtually all buttons from the iPod shuffle in March 2009 as it moved controls to the headphone cord, but a September 2010 redesign saw the return of the click wheel and other on-device buttons.

Article Link: Revamped iPod Nano to Include Oblong Body with Home Button?
MacRumors is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:24 PM   #2
kinless
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Tustin, California
Send a message via AIM to kinless
Looks interesting. I'm still sporting the "fat" nano as the main player in my car. Time for a replacement soon perhaps.
__________________
2008 Mac Pro 8-core 2.8GHz | 2012 MacBook Pro 13" 2.9GHz | iPhone 4S | TV
kinless is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:25 PM   #3
needfx
macrumors 68000
 
needfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: macrumors apparently
that's not a bad mockup render
needfx is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:25 PM   #4
cambookpro
macrumors 68040
 
cambookpro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Berks, England
At least bring back the camera!

/wishfulthinking
__________________
MacBook Pro | iMac | iPhone 5 | iPad Air | Apple TV
cambookpro is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:26 PM   #5
Big-TDI-Guy
macrumors 68030
 
Big-TDI-Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Wifi reception aside, beautiful design / renders!
Big-TDI-Guy is offline   -5 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:27 PM   #6
JS77
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
I can't help but think that would make a great iPhone Nano
JS77 is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:28 PM   #7
needfx
macrumors 68000
 
needfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: macrumors apparently
Quote:
Originally Posted by JS77 View Post
I can't help but think that would make a great iPhone Nano
indeed!!
needfx is online now   4 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:28 PM   #8
Prof.
macrumors 601
 
Prof.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chicago
Thumb resize.
__________________
"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all"
- John Maynard Keynes
Prof. is offline   22 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:28 PM   #9
RodThePlod
macrumors 6502a
 
RodThePlod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: London
If the current iPod touch is discontinued and replaced by a combination of this on the low end and the 7.85 inch iPad at the higher end, it might all make sense...

RTP.
__________________
Intentionally left blank
RodThePlod is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:29 PM   #10
Spock
macrumors 68000
 
Spock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vulcan
Send a message via AIM to Spock Send a message via Yahoo to Spock
Quote:
Originally Posted by kinless View Post
Looks interesting. I'm still sporting the "fat" nano as the main player in my car. Time for a replacement soon perhaps.
I'm doing the exact same thing with my old nano, it's been locking up alot and it will no longer hold all my music, maybe this will drive refurb prices down a bit. I think the render looks like a knock off iPod touch.
Spock is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:30 PM   #11
oneMadRssn
macrumors 6502a
 
oneMadRssn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Boston, MA
Quote:
Originally Posted by kinless View Post
Looks interesting. I'm still sporting the "fat" nano as the main player in my car. Time for a replacement soon perhaps.
Same. I hope they don't get rid of or change the dock connector though, as my headunit has an ipod dock connector.
oneMadRssn is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:30 PM   #12
ghsNick
macrumors 65816
 
ghsNick's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Actually seems like a good idea!
__________________
21.5" iMac (2011) | iPhone 5C 32GB (White) | iPod Classic 120GB
ghsNick is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:31 PM   #13
Veinticinco
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Europe
About time.

The current Nano was an interesting experiment but the fact it's been more popular as a makeshift wristwatch says it all.

This mockup would be a much more natural/ergonomic form factor.
Veinticinco is offline   8 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:31 PM   #14
unplugme71
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: May 2011
not bad
unplugme71 is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:32 PM   #15
applesith
macrumors 68000
 
applesith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Maybe this is where the rumors for an iPhone with just longer display is coming from?

This would make more sense for the nano because it doesn't use iOS, but a just media focused interface. I always like the nano with the larger screen than the current shuffle screen design.
applesith is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:33 PM   #16
BRussell
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Imagine Apple doing with the iPod nano what they're rumored to be doing with the smaller iPad: They could take the 480x320 screen of the original (non-retina) iPod Touch and shrink it by a third or so. Put iOS on it and you've got a smaller iPod Touch to go along with the rumored larger-screen iPod Touch. Tap targets would be awfully small, but perhaps that's a trade-off worth making for access to hundreds of thousands of apps.
BRussell is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:33 PM   #17
Mic'sBook
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hong Kong
I like the good-looking tall form factor of iPod nano, but why not just focus on the iPod touch and keep making it better and better, thus increasing the user base of iOS? What's more, it seems that the current (6th generation) iPod nano is doing great as well. And some people just use it with a watch band as a watch.

Want a camera, play videos, etc.? -> iPod touch (plus all the great apps available for the iOS + increase the user base of iOS)
Just music? -> iPod nano/iPod shuffle

I think the product lines now are fine in my opinion.

Last edited by Mic'sBook; Jul 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM.
Mic'sBook is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:35 PM   #18
sigamy
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NJ USA
Looks good to me. Much better than the current nano, which I simply don't get.

But, not sure who would be buying these? I see 8 year olds with iPod touch these days.
__________________
Free SMS
sigamy is offline   -1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:35 PM   #19
l.w41sh
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
UGLY! MY opinion I am entitled to it.
__________________
iPhone 5s 32GB. 15" Retina MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz quad i7, 16 GB, 512GB.
l.w41sh is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:35 PM   #20
niuniu
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: A man of the people. The right sort of people.
Best Nano ever was



hopefully they go back to this design and get the video recording again. I love being able to snap photos and take videos on something that small, even if it's just silly stuff like foxes and eerie empty streets when I'm out running at night. Or if you see an accident or something when you're out for a jog, it's nice to be able to record it.
niuniu is offline   72 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:35 PM   #21
184550
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2008
While I know it's just a quick render, that thing looks just 'meh'.

Kudos for the use of 'oblong' though, it's not every day you see that word used in a headline.
184550 is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:37 PM   #22
Reason077
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Looks cool.

Now they just need to add apps, and the ability to make calls. Voila! iPhone mini.

Last edited by Reason077; Jul 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM.
Reason077 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:37 PM   #23
Mad Mac Maniac
macrumors 68040
 
Mad Mac Maniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
I'm not sure how I feel about this.... I wonder what size this thing would be.. The same size as the last long iPod Nano?
__________________
Now I have a Signature!
Mad Mac Maniac is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:38 PM   #24
pezj
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Loving the rounded aluminum
pezj is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:39 PM   #25
JoEw
macrumors 6502a
 
JoEw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
but I can't wear it on my wrist :/
__________________
Late 2009 27" iMac, i5, iPhone 5 32GB Black, 13" Macbook Air, i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, TV 3rd Generation iPod Nano iPad Air 32GB White
JoEw is offline   14 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Samsung Galaxy S5 to Include Home Button with Integrated Fingerprint Sensor MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 441 Feb 24, 2014 01:00 PM
iPhone 5S to Include Sapphire-Covered Convex Home Button with Fingerprint Sensor? MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 449 Jan 10, 2014 05:05 PM
iPod touch home button... Liquinn iPod touch 9 Sep 26, 2013 09:31 PM
Aluminum Home Button on iPod Touch 5G jacoder iPod touch Accessories 10 Apr 16, 2013 07:19 AM
iPod Touch 4th gen Home Button AppleFanBoy1 iPod touch 11 Mar 26, 2013 03:18 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:04 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC