Next-Generation iOS Device Rumors: New iPods Soon, Smaller iPad and iPhone 5 in Early 2011?

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iLounge has put together a summary of recent information it has received regarding Apple's plans for the next generation of its iOS devices. Among the claims are a set of revised iPod devices possibly including a touch screen iPod shuffle, a new 7" iPad set for launch early next year at the latest, and a fifth-generation iPhone release scheduled for as soon as January.

- iPod: Apple reportedly has three new models of iPods ready for release, with the company presumed to be introducing them at an early September media event as it has for the last several years. The new models include a new iPod touch and iPod nano, while the third model could be a new iPod shuffle, possibly including the diminutive Apple-branded touch screen that appeared in a leak last month.

The report also claims circulating rumors of a three-inch touch screen for an iPod device, which would be a curious shift from the standard 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone and iPod touch if the device were to run iOS, unless the device offered the same number of pixels at slightly higher density. Issues would likely still remain, however, with buttons and other onscreen touch items at the smaller size.

- iPad: A new 7-inch iPad is reportedly scheduled for launch later this year or early next year. Previous reports have similarly indicated that Apple is planning to launch a smaller iPad with a screen sizes in the range of 5-7 inches early next year.

- iPhone: The fifth-generation iPhone may be set to launch as early as January in order to address antenna issues with the iPhone 4. It is unclear whether the new iPhone would be a major redesign or simply a tweak to address the antenna problems. While not mentioned in the report, the redesign could coincide with the much-rumored Verizon iPhone highly anticipated by many potential customers.

The report also addresses the iPhone 4 bumpers, with claims that Apple may be preparing to release a new, all-silicone bumper for the iPhone 4 that would provide the company with a cheaper solution to address the device's antenna issues. The report's source also claims that Apple considered shipping the iPhone 4 with bumpers from the very beginning, implying that the company was aware of a potential antenna issue.

Ordinarily, we would be highly skeptical of several of these claims, but while we are still taking them with a grain of salt, iLounge has had some remarkably accurate information on Apple's iPod pipeline over the last several years. The site accurately revealed the design change of the fourth-generation iPod nano, as well as the larger screen and unique camera placement of the fifth-generation iPod nano months before their respective releases. The site also offered some correct details on the iPad, although not all of its information on that product did turn out to be accurate.

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calvy

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I'll be pissed if a new iPhone comes out in January. well, unless it's the white one.

Oh, and thanks for kicking that dead Verizon horse one more time. God I'm so sick of hearing that crap.
 

Bodhi395

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Don't see the need for a 7 inch iPad. The size now is perfect and any smaller would be too small. I think Apple spent a long time figuring out the perfect size for the iPad, and don't see them adding a smaller version. You have the iPhone/iPod touch size, and the iPad. No need for anything in between.
 

red0n

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I'll be pissed if a new iPhone comes out in January. well, unless it's the white one.

Oh, and thanks for kicking that dead Verizon horse one more time. God I'm so sick of hearing that crap.
They better not release **** in January, unless it IS the white one. ;)
 

deputy_doofy

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Wow this is going to piss off a lot of people!
Only the people who feel they deserve the newest thing and that Apple should have warned them when the new phone was coming out.

Luckily for me, I am in the camp of liars that is not having iPhone 4 antenna issues, so I will not gripe if a new phone comes out earlier.
 

cvaldes

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Don't see the need for a 7 inch iPad. The size now is perfect and any smaller would be too small. I think Apple spent a long time figuring out the perfect size for the iPad, and don't see them adding a smaller version. You have the iPhone/iPod touch size, and the iPad. No need for anything in between.
Your individual use case isn't valid for Apple to make a sweeping business decision.

Different people have different needs. I personally would rather have a 7" or 8" iPad rather than the currently-shipping model. There is a market for a smaller iPad, particularly if it comes in at a lower price point which would be expected since the touchscreen panel is the most expensive part in the bill of materials. Cost has been well documented barrier to iPad adoption.

The fact of the matter is Apple serves what the mass market consumer wants, not a individual commenter on a Mac rumors website. Apple isn't making devices for you. They are making devices for the Joe Consumers of this world, but most affluent ones with large amounts of disposable income, well educated, et cetera.
 

beamer8912

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Wow. That would be a huge middle finger to the people who just bought an iPhone. I know technology evolves quickly, but 6 months?! That's just ridiculous.
 

quagmire

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If there is a new iPhone in January, it will be a simple capacity bump to 64 GB like we saw with the original going to 16 GB in February 2008 and maybe Verizon.
 

ferrous

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iPHone 5 in January, so long away ... I will be pissed if they come out with iPhone 5 and I won't be able to switch because I just did to iP4... Apple is starting to suck tits. :D
 

Mattie Num Nums

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Only the people who feel they deserve the newest thing and that Apple should have warned them when the new phone was coming out.

Luckily for me, I am in the camp of liars that is not having iPhone 4 antenna issues, so I will not gripe if a new phone comes out earlier.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/202371/iphone_vs_everybody_battle_of_the_smartphone_death_grips.html?&tk=hp_fv

Real world results.

Looks as though the signal loss in other phone is real but the death grip to create them is far from real world.

Also people should feel entitled Apple launched a botched design and is now trying to sweep it under the rug.
 

elleana

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Isn't January a little early? It'll throw a /lot/ of people with contracts off.
 

syklee26

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I don't understand why people are so angry over putting bumper case on iphone 4. I personally love the bumper case. It makes the grip less slippery and I find it quite stylish too. plus it's free.

also, even if the antenna issue did not exist, people should've been seeking for a case/bumper anyways because of potential crack when you drop it.

Some Apple users are just too damn unreasonable.