6th Gen nano to Lose Click Wheel?
An analyst's report of a redesigned iPod nano
without the click wheel seems to be bolstered by photos on a Chinese site showing cases for a much smaller sixth-generation nano. Shaw Wu, an investment analyst with Kaufmann Bros, is claiming that his sources are telling him that Apple has procured parts for a "radically redesigned" nano, which would be announced at next Wednesday's event.
The iPod nano was upgraded last year to include an integrated video camera with special effects, microphone, an a built-in FM radio with iTunes tagging and a slightly larger 1.5" color LCD screen. The idea of a nano without the iconic click wheel leaves open the question of how it would be controlled. One possibility, of course, would be a small touchscreen: perhaps the one that turned up last July, though, as Michael noted at the time
, the screen wouldn't fit in the currently-shipping iPod nano.
Interestingly, photos on a Chinese site
claim to show cases for the new iPod touch and iPod nano, with the nano case indicating the new device will have a square form factor, which would work with the tiny touchscreen. The source for the cases is said to be the Chinese manufacturer X-Doria, which may have had advance information about the new design in order to make its products. And as we've learned from recent events, East Asian accessory manufacturers often have the best inside intelligence money can buy.