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iPods pegged for Sept. 9 with more than cameras?

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Wed August 26, 2009

iPod Sept 9 More Probable

Apple's rumored September 9th iPod event has gained credibility with a second purported confirmation on Wednesday afternoon. The tipsters speaking to AppleInsider claim that Apple has settled on the 9th after weeks of debate and that iPods will form the backbone of the introduction. It's now virtually certain that both the iPod nano and iPod touch will include cameras, but it's also said that the photo and possible video functions will be "just one piece" of the iPod updates.

What this would mean isn't said. The camera function has been heavily leaked, but virtually no other rumors have surfaced that would point to other features. Capacity upgrades have already been expected as a matter of course.

Many now also anticipate iTunes 9, many of whose features (if accurate) may be known. Alternating rumors have pointed to the jukebox app adding Blu-ray support and other movie disc playback, while others have alluded to social networking integration and possible syncing with third-party devices. This last claim has been called into question given Apple's tendency to block the Palm Pre.

More radical introductions, like a tablet device or Mac introductions, aren't considered likely. Apple typically restricts music events to iPod and iTunes-related products.




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  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    My bet

    My bet:

    Nano:
    - Add a still camera
    - Voice control
    - Capacity bump
    - New more-expensive high-end model
    - May just be called "iPod", because..

    Classic:
    - Discontinued. That's all folks.

    Touch:
    - Camera with video
    - GPS and Magnetometer
    - Voice Control
    - Redesign to be less like "Cheap iPhone", more distinctive
    - Possibly also gaining a high-end, to account for loss of the Classic

    If I am right... Nobody will care that I said it. heh

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    More...

    Some possible but less-likely developments:

    - The iPod touch now called just "iPod", nano keeps its name.
    - Shuffle sees either a capacity bump or a price reduction
    - Nano also gets GPS/magnetometer
    - iPhone 3GS 8 GB for $99, no more iPhone 3G.

  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    I just want

    An integrated mic.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    elephant in the room

    The elephant in the room is that if the Touch gets a microphone we can say hello to the Touch as a VOIP phone over wifi!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Saying goodbye to

    the iPod Classic. That would be a stunner. Used large capacity Classics should do well on eBay. They may not sell in high quantities, but Apple won't have any high-storage mobile devices. Too bad. At least third-party companies offer kits to keep building them from lower-storage versions for the few that need them.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Amazing...

    how many people I meet who just call the iPod Touch the "iTouch".

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Classic

    I could see the classic being discontinued for an iPod touch with an internal HD. It wouldn't make much sense for them to go to only Flash based ones, and I'm sure they could charge quite the premium for a touch with the capacity of an iPod classic, and they could beef it up with a big ol battery.

    As for what other features they add to the iPod nano, other than a camera, who cares? I mean really who cares? How many people even use Shake to Shuffle? They just keep changing up the interface ever so slightly but there's not all that much to do.

  1. oesterle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    VOIP on iPod touch? Nope.

    VOIP on iPod touch?

    This might be nice, in a geeky sort of way that only works over WiFi. But my bet is that putting the mic on the back, next to the camera lens, makes this sort of thing less convenient, and reduces cannibilization of iPhones.

    (If leaked photos are accurate.)

    AT&T's network issues and rate plans are part of what pushes people to VOIP. AT&T should hurry up and release a femtocell device for home; this would help offload some of the voice traffic and increase 3G availability.

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