4G iPod nano rumored to have GPS (updated)

4G iPod nano rumored to have GPS (updated)

Summary: Is this the much-rumored fourth-generation iPod nano?On Friday Digg's Kevin Rose posted a rumor about a "revamp of the entire iPod" coming in the next 2-3 weeks.

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Is this the much-rumored fourth-generation iPod nano?

On Friday Digg's Kevin Rose posted a rumor about a "revamp of the entire iPod" coming in the next 2-3 weeks. In addition to iTunes 8 and iPhone firmware 2.1 Rose predicts that the entire iPod family will receive "fairly large" price cuts, the iPod touch will receive cosmetic changes and the nano will receive a significant redesign.

4G iPod nano leaked?

Rose doesn't reveal the source of the above photo of the alleged nano, but it's interesting in that reflects a change to a larger screen and a return to a taller form-factor reminiscent of nanos of yore.According to TUAW Chinese accessory maker Beelan has already whipped up a silicone-type case for the mythical 4th generation iPod nano that matches its sleek curved face and long, franken-pod looking shape.

4G iPod nano leaked?

Does Beelan also know something about this as-yet-unannounced iPod nano or did they simply mock up a case based on the rumor pic that Kevin Rose posted on his blog? If so, damn! that was fast. Update: Rose's rumor track record: 3 right, 2 wrong, 1 part right.

Apple has held media events at its Cupertino campus in September for the past two years and is rumored to do so again next month, so new nanos are certainly possible. But then again so is iTunes Unlimited, The Beatles iPod and the tooth fairy.

What do you think? Fact or fantasy?

Update: MacRumors quotes iDealsChina as saying that the updated nano is rumored to have GPS. Ok, that's a bit of a stretch, but then again, it does have a suspiciously larger screen... Hmm.

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  • Touch, not Nano

    MacRumours:

    "Separately, and perhaps more interestingly, iDealsChina
    claims that the next generation iPod Touch will contain GPS.
    The iPod Touch is expected to see a revision in the next few
    weeks."

    That's no surprice, since the Touch is an iPhone without a
    phone.
    Giesbert Damaschke
  • RE: 4G iPod nano rumored to have GPS (updated)

    Sounds like a winner, if true. I'd buy one.
    hazelwhite
  • RE: 4G iPod nano rumored to have GPS (updated)

    GPS? on the nano? that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
    coolchinamonkey@...
  • RE: 4G iPod nano rumored to have GPS (updated)

    sometimes just knowing which direction is N is a valuable thing. iPod nano with compass?
    mmackof
  • RE: 4G iPod nano rumored to have GPS (updated)

    iT would need some sort of a way to find its self, like cell towers or satellite connection, could see the touch having this because it already has wifi.....
    eloukas10
    • ..

      [i]iT would need some sort of a way to find its self[/i]
      Uhh, that would be a GPS receiver... yes.

      [i]could see the touch having this because it already has wifi[/]
      Wifi has nothing to do with GPS
      tikigawd
  • GPS

    GPS devices use software to co-ordinate signals fed from satellites. Currently with a five satellite lock and the proper software, it is possible to give the location of a device within 2 meters on three axis.
    Merlin the Wiz