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Purported photo of 3G iPod nano surfaces

updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed August 22, 2007

3G iPod nano Photo Rumor

A single photo today surfaced of what is rumored to be the third-generation iPod nano. The allgeded image appears to show a major revision of the flash-based player that widens but also shortens the device, allowing for a larger screen better suited to movies without boosting the overall size. The rumored unit would share the same miniature click wheel as the current iPod nano but would have tapered sides similar to the fifth-generation iPod. Aluminum would likely make up at least the front face of each device, with Apple switching to more muted colors such as pale green and wine red.

Features of the new players have not been described other than the addition of video playback. A release date for the devices is also unknown but would most likely be targeted for the Apple Expo Paris debut on September 25th.

While the source photo appears to have been opened in Photoshop and should be considered a potential fake by readers, separate Taiwanese reports have claimed that Apple is already in the midst of producing 16GB flash iPods for a late September release with similar claims of video playback, coinciding with Apple Expo and other unconfirmed reports. [via 9to5Mac]

by MacNN Staff




  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I doubt...

    ...very much that Apple would 'innovate' by essentially copying the 'design' of a cheap Chinese knock off of the iPod:

    Nice try from the original source.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is one ugly piece of cr*p!

    I don't buy it.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "iPob Vedio"

    lol, nice catch

    I have seen two sets of rumors about this new iPod nano, though. I think it will turn out to be smaller than we think, and look slicker, but I do think it's real.

  1. usingpond

    Joined: Dec 1969


    pretty obvious fake

    I mean come on. Just look at the newbish Photoshop layer effect. Apple would never sink that low. Also, in what situation would an original print ad PSD be left open unattended on a computer screen? Especially this early in development?

    Using a little common sense can really work itself out pretty well.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does it bother anyone that the photo is a picture of a photoshop document? Or are they playing the "Well, if we just sent out the picture, people would think it would be fake, but if we photograph a picture of the photoshop document, they would think that it would be too obvious, thus it must be real!"

    And exactly why do we need wider iPod nanos? Or is it Apple's goal to basically force video onto its users?

    And can someone explain how these much wider then current ipods somehow are bigger "without boosting the overall size?" Because they look way bigger then my nano.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As we say in China... Foo Glai!

    Here's one vote for Photoshop.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here's why it's not real

    Look at the spacing and positioning of each "nano" with respect to the others... it's not uniform, and it's not right.

    Not only wouldn't a professional artist have the spacing uniform, but Steve would be having an OCD tizzy all over the place :)

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    double negative

    Note to self, always proofread before hitting submit :)

    Should have said "Not only would a professional artist..."


  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All that's missing it a Zune Brown as part of the alleged spectrum of new crappy colors.

  1. brijackmac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Click Button

    Doesn't the click buttons in the middle of the scroll wheels look odd, the lighting looks wrong. Each one the highlight areas are on the bottom of each nano. I'm not sure if Apple goes to this much detail to get the lighting right for grouped photos or not. Looks fake to me.

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