Shaw Wu, American Technology Research analyst, speculates that the next iPod nano will be introduced no earlier than late autumn due to changes in compoments.
We continue to believe that the new iPod nano (aka mini
vPod) refreshes are facing transition issues due to an architecture
move to an SoC vs. its present 3-chip solution.
Whether this is the cause of the delay, or whether or not a September/October release is a delay at all, is debatable. However, Wu also reveals another possible cause of delay.
An interesting data point we have picked up on the new
Nanos is a new magnesium-based casing," the analyst wrote. "We believe
this new casing will improve scratch-resistance, durability, and help
lower Apple's support and warranty costs."
AppleInsider picks up on this and runs with it.
According to sources, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company
is so far believed to have committed to the transition away from the
nano's polycarbonate-coated shell and towards aluminum enclosures. The
new enclosures are expected to debut in color variations similar to
those used with the iPod mini, these sources added.
Those "sources" also claim the new iPod nanos will be similar in form to the current generation. Storage capacity will reach 8GB, double the current maximum of 4GB. Pricing is unknown.
This seems like a no-brainer for Apple. Not only would this solve problems associated with the poly-carbonate and lawsuits by using a proven casing, who didn't like the iPod Mini? Let's just hope Apple doesn't get greedy and bump the price for Christmas.