4” iPhone, iPod Touch, 8” iPad Mini possibly expected in September

macotakara_ipod_touch_2012_mockupAs the new hardware refresh comes ever closer, the Apple iDevice rumors grow ever thicker. Here’s a couple of choice ones with e-reading implications.

MacRumors has a report suggesting that the iPod Touch will get an update to a new 4” design right along with the iPhone. (The picture at left is a mock-up of what this iPod Touch might look like.) It will have a “buffed aluminum” rear shell, and apart from the camera there will be another hole in the case, at the center near the bottom. It’s not clear what this hole would be for.

Meanwhile, TechCrunch has heard from an analyst about the new 4.08” display iPhone, and the 7.85” display iPad Mini, complete with sales estimates. The analyst guesses these products will hit the street in September, though TechCrunch is careful to emphasize this is just a guess.

Needless to say, any of these devices will make great e-readers. I’m personally excited by the news of the 4” iPod Touch not so much because I want one myself, but because it will finally drive prices on the 3.5” Retina Display iPod Touch from a couple of years ago further down in Apple’s refurb shop. I don’t really feel any need to possess a 16:9 iPod when I do most of my reading vertically anyway, though I will admit the extra space might be nice for cramming a couple more lines in per screen.

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TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows has been writing for us--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.

2 Comments on 4” iPhone, iPod Touch, 8” iPad Mini possibly expected in September

  1. Felix Torres // July 25, 2012 at 7:13 am //

    The extra hole is a drain plug to facilitate oil changes. 😉

  2. There will not mini iPad . Forget it .

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