iPhone 5 Release Date News: New iPod Shuffle, Nano, Touch, Music Streaming Debut at Event Next Week?
The stage just got a little more crowded for the iPhone 5. Sources close to Apple have all but confirmed that the company will also unveil new versions of the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, and iPod Touch at its Sept. 12 event in San Francisco.
According to 9 to 5 Mac, Apple will be introducing a tweaked iPod shuffle, new iPod nano, and new iPod touches.
Like Us on Facebook
A new iPod shuffle will be announced next week at or around the current $49 price point, according to 9 to 5 Mac. The capacity of the device is currently unclear. Rumors indicate that the changes to this new iPod Shuffle will not be major changes. The new iPod shuffle will also come in eight colors. That is up from the current line of five iPod shuffle colors.
A new iPod Nano is also said to be announced next week, but the technical specs are still elusive. The new iPod Nano is said to have a completely new codename from last year's model, which could point to some design and internal changes. Last year's iPod Nano update had the same design as the 2010 model, and its codename was the same as the 2010 iPod Nano codename plus an "A."
A taller iPod Nano with Wi-Fi has been rumored. This new iPod Nano, like the Shuffle, will come in eight colors. It appears that Apple may only have the higher-priced, higher configuration iPod Nano this year. The current high-end of the iPod Nano line is a 16GB player for $169. The price and capacity for this year's model is still unconfirmed, but the price will likely not differ by much, if at all.
The new iPod touch line situation appears much more intriguing than the new iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle lines. The current iPod touch line features three prices and capacities all with the 2010, fourth-generation design. For this year, though, Apple will reportedly retain the fourth generation design for the entry-level iPod touch configuration, and totally redesign the two higher priced models.
This new entry level configuration is said to be tweaked. Of course, what this tweak refers to is anyone's guess, but speculation seems to say that it has to do with either a smaller dock connector, new packaging/iOS 6 pre-installed, or a bump in the base storage capacity configuration, or some combination of all of those features.
New iPods will be priced at $299 and $399 price points, redesigned versions of the two top iPod touch models, according to 9 to 5 Mac. Though, it isn't clear if the 32GB and 64GB capacities will actually be the same in the late-2012 models.
These new $299 and $399 iPod models, presumably all iPod Touches, will come in multiple variations, according to 9 to 5 Mac. Could the new iPod Touches come in various colors for the first time? Keep your fingers crossed on that one.
The new versions of the iPod Nano, Shuffle, and Touch are all set for launch in a week, according to 9 to 5 Mac. All of which makes perfect sense, as Apple is also widely rumored to be working on a streaming music service it will possibly debut at the same time.
Apple reportedly wants to license music for a custom-radio service that would work on its hardware -- such as the iPhone, iPads and Mac computers -- in a bid to expand its dominance in online music. Apple's iTunes is the largest music retailer.
In a move that could shake up the growing field of Internet radio, Apple plans to develop a service that would compete with Pandora Media and similar services by sending streams of music customized to users' tastes, report Ben Sisario and Nick Wingfield on Friday in The New York Times.
Apple's service would likely be a preinstalled "app" on Apple's devices like iPhones and iPads, and might be able to connect to users' iTunes account to judge their tastes, reported The New York Times.
Most services that offer customized streams of music operate under limited licenses that restrict what they can do with the music, for example, limiting the number of times songs by particular artists can be played in an hour. But Apple is seeking direct licenses with record labels that would give the company more flexibility in using music, according to the people briefed on its plans.
Like Pandora, Apple's radio service would have advertising, carried through Apple's own platform. Whether Apple would then share part of the ad revenue with labels or pay them some other licensing fee is unclear. It's still also unclear whether Apple's service would be free or be a subscription service.
Will Apple fold the announcement of these new devices into a dual unveiling for its rumored foray into the streaming music business? We'll likely have to wait until Sept. 12 to find out.