If you just can’t sleep until Wednesday’s Apple media event that’s sure to reveal the next generation of iPods, look closely at the mockup image above -- that may very well be your next iPod nano.
AppleInsider is reporting that evidence is piling up quickly regarding the next iPod nano, which will be “dramatically redesigned” and features “a significantly smaller form factor.” The image above is not an actual product shot, but a rendered mockup from a case supplier showing how their screen protector product would be used on such a device.
Alibaba.com, a global online business-to-business trading platform, is now offering both cases (as shown below) and screen protectors for the supposed iPod nano 2010 model, which appears to feature a touchscreen interface similar to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Although the render above features Wi-Fi connectivity, there is no hard evidence at this point to suggest that’s a reality, and AppleInsider considers it speculation on the part of the supplier.
The screen protectors are being sold by Jiangmen VIPO Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. which is specifically cited as being for a sixth-generation iPod nano. Likewise, the case image below is from another seller, Orient King, who offers the diminutive cases in a variety of colors -- and they do indeed feature space for the standard 30-pin dock connector which Apple has been using for years.
We won’t have to wait much longer -- Apple’s media event kicks off at 10 am PDT on Wednesday, September 1 in San Francisco and MacLife.com will be liveblogging all the gory details.