With the iPhone 5, Apple switched to a new “Lightning” connector standard, which replaced the outdated 30 pin dock connector found in the millions of iOS devices and iPods sold till now. Although this annoyed a number of people who owned a lot of 30-pin based connector accessories, the move was unavoidable given Apple’s obsession with thinness and the 30-pin connector’s outdated specification.
Apple has just released a television ad featuring the new iPods that went on sale on Tuesday, October 9th.
Apple had unveiled the 5th generation iPod touch and the 7th generation iPod nano at the iPhone 5 media event in September. Apple had also introduced iPod shuffle in three new colors.
As expected, it looks like the 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano went on sale in Japan based on the photos posted by Weiphone.com.
Apple started taking pre-orders for the new iPods immediately after the event with shipping estimates sometime in October. Japanese blog – Macotakara now reports that Apple will be launching the next generation iPod touch and iPod nano in Japan on Tuesday, October 9th.
Apple’s iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano that were unveiled on Wednesday came with a new dock connector dubbed Lightning, which replaced the 30-pin dock connector that was first launched in 2003.
Apple is widely expected to use the new Lightning dock connector across its entire iOS product line in the future, including the rumored iPad mini, the tweaked iPad 3, which are expected to be launched later this year.
At the iPhone media event this morning, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of marketing, unveiled the latest line of iPods, featuring a whole new 4 inch iPod touch and a redesigned iPod nano.
Apple To Launch New iPod Touches, New iPod Nano, Tweaked iPod Shuffle Along With iPhone 5 On September 12
While it’s almost certain that Apple will be holding two separate events for the iPhone and the iPad mini, the company doesn’t mind having the iPod share the stage with the iPhone during its September 12th media event.
KGI Securities Analyst Ming Chi Kuo, in a new research report, lays down the specifics of Apple’s product launch timeline for the remaining portion of 2012, with an expected 8 new products expected to see the light of the day by the end of this year.
Kuo characterises Apple’s estimated launch timeline as unusually crowded, with a number of products expected to be released in September and October. These include the next gen iPhone, the iPad mini, an updated iPod touch and refreshes to the Mac line of products.
Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple will launch a redesigned iPod nano later this year.
According to Macotakara source, the new iPod nano will sport a rectangular screen like the 4th and 5th generation iPod nano, will be as thin as the current iPod nano (6th generation) and also come with a Home button similar to the one found on iOS devices.