iLounge, which has a reasonable track record when it comes to rumours, is reporting some interesting tidbits about new Apple gear for the end of 2010 / beginning of 2011.
New iPod Shuffle:
The small Apple touch screen that we reported on last month is set to be part of a relaunched iPod Shuffle – with a touch screen.
A smaller 7 inch iPad is set for release at the end of the year. And there may well be higher resolution screens in future iPads which are more akin to the iPhone 4′s Retina display.
This makes sense when one considers the push towards a kind of “Resolution Independence” in iOS that Apple is forging ahead with. In other words devices can have various display resolutions but all run similar User Interfaces visually – with little developer effort. This is a clever move by Apple to side step one of the biggest issues for developers on Android, with its multitude of screen sizes and resolutions.
This is the least likely rumor in our opinion.
A repackaged iPhone 4 is set to be launched as an early iPhone 5 model. Perhaps with a revised antenna design, the same aesthetics, but a different internal arrangement.
There are also rumours that Apple is looking to save money with a cut down iPhone 4 Bumper, which is cheaper to manufacture. And that that Bumper will perhaps be packaged with iPhone 4s from September onwards. This makes sense as Apple is already dropping packaging on free iPhone Bumpers going out to existing iPhone 4 users.
We are not sure how much of all of this we buy. But if we had to guess we’d say the iPod Shuffle and iPad Mini / Retina Display rumours are not far off the mark.
Do these predictions sound likely to you? Is there anything else you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments…