Apple might announce a new iPod line-up in August

Apple may be holding a press conference sooner than expected, the conference is rumored to be held to reveal an all new line-up of iPods that may be released late this month or early next month.

MacMagazine on Friday said that Apple will hold the event on August 16th or 17th, much sooner than the expected September time frame.

This goes in line with recent rumors of a mass overhaul of old iPod units, with a new iPod shuffle with touch screen and a new iPod Touch with features from the iPhone 4, including a front facing camera for Facetime, a rear camera with a flash and gyroscope functionality.

These rumors have been picking up momentum in recent times, with the above revisions and third party cases all showing up around the web. Furthermore, a 64 bit version of the iLife suite is set for release, it may include iPhoto, GarageBand and iWeb.

A ‘mystery’ application is also set to be added to the package, at the expense of the iDvd application that be may be heading for separate download like the iMovie HD application.

At last year’s event that was held on September 9, the iPod Nano with camera and FM tuner was announced. It is very likely that the hardware revisions are true, but it is unclear whether the August conference dates are true or not, and only time will tell.

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Here's one more hope that there's an update to the Classic. It's really the perfect MP3 player for me - it plays music (or video), has a long battery life and that's it. I don't want a bunch of other junk in my music player that sucks down my battery life (touch screen, Wi-Fi, etc) - if I really want to go on the internet, I can use my phone. Or my laptop. Or frakking wait until I get home. Otherwise, let me listen in peace

Uh...a Shuffle with a touch screen? How is that a good idea. The screen would be so bloody small it would be unusable.

ahhell said,
Uh...a Shuffle with a touch screen? How is that a good idea. The screen would be so bloody small it would be unusable.
It only needs to be big enough for a "next track" and a "play/pause" button and to display the track name.

Considering their Back to School promo is running until the 7th of September, I find this highly unlikely - they only really run it to get rid of some of their old iPod stock before releasing a new one.

sup3rsp4rk said,
Considering their Back to School promo is running until the 7th of September, I find this highly unlikely - they only really run it to get rid of some of their old iPod stock before releasing a new one.

That's a very good point.

sup3rsp4rk said,
Considering their Back to School promo is running until the 7th of September, I find this highly unlikely - they only really run it to get rid of some of their old iPod stock before releasing a new one.

But this might mean the unveil the new line this month. And they get released Sepetember 7th. Or it could just be a random date to get rid of the rest of the 2G's since they will more than likely be discontinued.

The new iPod touch sounds tempting (if true), problem is I only got a iPod touch 3G late last year so can't justify getting another one so soon wait and see I guess

Xerxes said,
The new iPod touch sounds tempting (if true), problem is I only got a iPod touch 3G late last year so can't justify getting another one so soon wait and see I guess
I have an iPod touch 3G, but if the rumors are true I will sell it in eBay and buy the new 4G.

I dunno, I've heard too many false rumors about iPod hardware revisions to consider any "very likely"... I look forward to seeing what changes come to the iPod Nano (And am hoping that the camera goes the way of the dodo...).

And I would really be shocked if the Shuffle gained a touch screen to be honest.

M_Lyons10 said,
I look forward to seeing what changes come to the iPod Nano (And am hoping that the camera goes the way of the dodo...).

Are you nuts? The Nano camera is a great piece of gadgetry, it's many times better than the average cell phone camera (exceptions being $300+ brick-big phones), plus it records in H264 instead of H263 or MPEG2 (most cell phones for the former, most vanilla point-and-shoot cameras for the latter).

Problem with the iPod shuffle and iPod nano is that I feel they're at the stage where any desirable features have been added. The shuffle was all about being the smallest, and they've actually gone too far by forcing you to use certain sets of headphones. The nano does video, voice, FM radio, pedometer...there's not much more you could comfortably get a device that small to do.

The only thing they could possibly improve on is the battery life. And maybe enable the camera to take photos also. But I wouldn't care because the 5G nano is already perfect in my eyes.

If its good, I will buy one. Otherwise I will stick to my iPod Touch 2G.. and even if I did buy one, I would wait until the January sales.. that is all