Apple’s Let’s Rock event will be held on tomorrow Tuesday, September 9th 2008, so it should come as no surprise that we are seeing “leaked photos” of the updated iPod nano making an appearance.
One photo that has slipped through the cracks shows a slimmer and more colorful iPod Nano. MacNN was the first to break the news about the new photos that had been leaked. If the photo of the iPod Nano is true, we should expect to see a little color appearing in the product line. According to claims, the new iPod nano will feature more vibrant colors.
Checking out the leaked photo if this is real it will have the tapered design that Kevin Rose wrote about recently on his personal blog. It’s also obvious that this iPod bares some similarities to its cousin, the second-generation iPod nano. If the photo is real the clickwheel has made a comeback. The clickwheel was surprising given that Apple has been using multi-touch technology with it iPhones, iPods, MacBook Air, and now the MacBook Pro. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, stated that multi-touch technology would be eventually working its way into other Apple products. Perhaps it’s a virtual clickwheel? Maybe, but wouldn’t the screen vanish when the device was turned off. One of the reasons I did not update to the third generation iPod nano was that I did not like the touch screen interface. I use iPod almost exclusively for workouts, and the touchscreen would take more of an effort for me to change my musical selection. I don’t have that problem with my second generation iPod nano.
Another similarity is the dock connector. Just like the second generation iPod nano it’s again offset from the center. I found the plastic packaging odd and seemed to be a step backwards for Apple. True, second generation iPod nanos arrived in plastic packaging; however, Apple has been making an effort to become more environmentally friendly. Criticized by organizations like Greenpeace Apple has continued to make its products green. One of the evidence is the packaging that it is using for some of its products. iPods have been packaged in cardboard boxes.
Is the photo of the third generation iPod nano real or fake? We’ll find out tomorrow at Apple’s Let’s Rock event. Judging by the photos it appears to be all about the iPod similar to how WWDC ’08 was all about the iPhone. Obviously some Apple users will be unhappy especially those that are looking for the updated Mac computers. Perhaps Apple will have another event that focuses on Mac computers. It does make me curious. Will Apple start to have separate events to focus on specific product lines?
if you’re a student hoping to score an updated iPod during Apple’s Back to School promotion you won’t be able to do so. The promotion does not apply to updated iPods.