New iPod nano rumored to shrink further

Apple Insider is reporting that a new sixth-generation iPod nano could shrink the device to less than half of its current size, reducing materials, components and cost.

AppleInsider is reporting that a new sixth-generation iPod nano could shrink the device to less than half of its current size, as pictured in the mockup above.

People familiar with the matter indicated that the size and shape of the device, revealed this week through photos of third-party cases, will be more akin to the iPod shuffle than the current-generation iPod nano. Even with this small size, however, it is expected to have a traditional iPod dock connector, allowing compatibility with the existing iPod accessory ecosystem.

The new iPod nano could use the tiny 3 x 3cm display that surface in part form as an Apple-branded component earlier this summer.

It makes sense from a manufacturing perspective. Smaller means less materials, components and cost, so Apple can charge the same price, add features and reduce costs at the same time.

Leaked case designs for the new iPod nano also support the smaller, squat industrial design.

My only question: if this is indeed the new iPod nano, what on earth is going to happen to the iPod shuffle? Will it be reduced to the size of a paperclip? (iPod invisa anyone?)

Stay tuned, the new nano could arrive at Wednnesday's Fall iPod event.

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