updated 01:38 pm EDT, Fri September 7, 2012
Touch, Nano may see major revisions
Beyond the iPhone 5, Apple's September 12th event will also see updates to the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle, according to 9to5Mac sources. The Touch lineup is thought to be getting some of the more interesting changes; while there will still be three models, the sources say that the cheapest one will be a tweaked version of the current-generation design, while the other two will be more substantially altered. The latter are linked to $299 and $399 pricetags, and are expected to come in several variations, though what that means isn't explained. It could imply real color options, instead of just black or white.
The new Nano is said to have a completely different codename that its 2011 counterpart, which may mean that it's getting a major overhaul as has sometimes been rumored. It should come in eight colors, but could be limited to a single capacity. The earlier rumors have suggested a return to a rectangular design, and the addition of Wi-Fi and/or a Home button.
The Shuffle is expected to stay largely static, including a price at or around $49. Like the new Nano, it should be sold in eight colors, instead of the current Shuffle's five.
The iPod has fallen by the wayside in terms of Apple priorities, owing to declining sales since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Last year the Touch and the Nano went almost unaltered, and were mentioned only briefly in an event that concentrated on the iPhone 4S.