Nano To Reach 12 GB By Fall?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A recent Gartner report points out that Apple's buying power may be able to press NAND flash prices low enough for greatly increased capacity Nano's when their rumored refresh appears in the fall.

    A recent rumor stated that Apple has been stocking up on NAND flash memory, presumably for iPods. The current highest-capacity iPod Nano is 4 GB.
  2. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I would love that. I'd probably sell my 30GB as the space is way too big for my needs but the 4GB nano is too small. I want a midsize goshdarnit.
  3. DevilsRejection macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2006
    New Nanos will be 6GB for 199 and 8GB for 249
  4. RichP macrumors 68000


    Jun 30, 2003
    Motor City
    12 sounds nice, but what you just said sounds much more realistic.
  5. DevilsRejection macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2006
    i'd be impressed if we say 10gb nano's but i'm not holding my breathe for those
  6. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    Great, how can I possibly be content with a 2 GB when I get my MB?
  7. Preacher85 macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2004
    Vermillion, SD
    8 GB or at the max 10 GB sounds realistic, but 12 would be perfect, as my iTunes Library currently sits at 12.87 GB, and I could easily do without some of the playlists on the iPod. I'm looking to buy a nano when they are refreshed to run with, as my 4th Gen 20 GB color is just too darn bulky. Here's to hoping for 12!:cool:
  8. Harpo macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2006
    When, oh when, will hard drives be replaced with flash memory?

    Probably never. They'll come out with something else by the time flash gets cheap enough.
  9. DevilsRejection macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2006
    i say a decade
  10. MattyMac macrumors 68000


    Oct 6, 2005
    Look how far they have come in just half a cant be serious:D
  11. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    I'm waiting (but probably not going to buy) for the >80 gig iPod. Right now, my MacBook is just a bit too snug to hold my music collection and a bigger iPod would really hit the spot (though that spot does not currently include my pocket book).

    ha! tell me that's not true.
  12. Staffroomer macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2005
    And they'll be even cheaper if they're made with slave labor!!! :D

    *just kidding*
  13. cbigfoot1987 macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Wit apple i asy next year it will be a $200 option for a 120GB NAND (Remember i think access speeds are the sane as a 15,000RPM with NAND) from the 160GB 5400RPM HD or $100 from the 7200RPM 160GB. ITs currently about $3000 for a SATA Notebook drive at 60GB using NAND MEMORY
  14. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    Boy, is your keyboard sticky?
  15. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Optimistically, if Apple can secure these chips for $20 a pop 120GB is still going to cost them $1200. If Apple has to pay $25 it's $1500, so I don't think that a 120GB option for $200 is likely. If NAND memory follows Moore's Theorem and doubles every 12-18 months, you're looking at 4-6 years before that price is possible.
  16. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    well although it isn't certain, you can sell it unopened to the unknowing person that doesn't follow iPod rumors while the getttin's good. It wouldnt be until after the summer sale is over but i'd do that if i were you.
  17. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Me too. The 12 giger would be perfect for me.
  18. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    It would be cool if the memory stock up was for the new "true video ipod" What if it had flash and a HD so you could stick some of your stuff on the flash so you could leave the HD off and save power.

    Wont happen but it would be cool
  19. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

    Apr 16, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Thats good... it will make iPods more closely spec'd.
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    12 GB would be nice, but I don't know if Apple would make such a significant jump so quickly, even if they had the means. The technology might be there, but there's more to running a successful business than simple technology decisions. Apple might choose to go with 6 GB or 8 GB nanos for starters, as this might make better sense from a business perspective. It will of course depend on what competition is doing as well, profit margins, many factors at play here...

    Regardless, larger capacity nanos and full-screen video iPods this fall would make a deadly combination for both consumers and Apple themselves heading into the busy Christmas shopping season! :cool:
  21. Core Trio macrumors regular

    Core Trio

    May 16, 2006
    New Jersey
    if a 12 GB nano came out this fall at the price points we have now, Id definitely be retiring my 40GB 4th Generation ipod. Seeing as I only have 8.68 GB of music on it, it would be a good replacement.
  22. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    12Gb seems high, what about

    2Gb Shuffle-99
    4 Gb Nano-149
    8GB Nano-199
    10Gb Nano-249
    True Video iPod 40Gb(touch screen)-299
    True Video iPod 80Gb(tough screen)-399

    That way people who dislike the touchscreen idea, still have a Nano with Click Wheel, and still hold lots of songs
  23. tf843364 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2006
    Nand = Future

    Hard Drives made completely from NAND are availiable now, as made by samsung.
    They are wicked expensive.
    However, the pricing drops on NAND in the last few years arnt going to be accurate predictors as manufacturers are just beginning to produce nand at the top priority. do some research.
    a gig right now is about 30 bucks, by the end of 2008 it is expected to be about 9. with apple behind that we could see nand as low as 5 dollars by holday season 2008.

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