updated 03:00 pm EDT, Tue August 31, 2010
Nano prices expected to hold stable
The sixth-generation Nano will not force the Shuffle out of Apple's iPod product line, people familiar with Apple's plans are said to claim. The size of the Nano is expected to shrink substantially, according to AppleInsider, to the point of being little larger than a 1.7-inch display -- possibly a touchscreen. Dimensions may be comparable, in fact, to the second-generation Shuffle, creating some duplication. Nevertheless, Apple is claimed to be keeping the Shuffle on as an "entry-level" iPod.
Pricing for the new Nano is expected to stay "relatively" consistent with the fifth generation, which costs $149 in an 8GB model or $179 in a 16GB version. Unaddressed in rumors so far are any changes in capacity, or even if the player will hold onto features like a camera and an FM radio tuner. Whatever the case, Apple should announce details at a Wednesday press event, scheduled to begin at 1PM Eastern or 10AM Pacific.