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iPod Nano To Get Makeover, Digg Founder Reveals

Apple's iPod lineup is set for an overhaul, including a thinner Nano with a larger widescreen display, according to Kevin Rose's predictions.

Apple is preparing a new iPod Nano that will have a different form factor, a larger widescreen display, and a lower price point ... that is, if you believe predictions by Digg founder Kevin Rose.

A photo of the rumored device can be seen at Rose's blog. In a video, he described the device as being thinner and longer than the current Nano, and the bigger landscape screen will be a bit curved.

Rose also said the iPod Touch would see some minor cosmetic changes, and that it would be the first device to feature Apple's 2.1 firmware, which would add background push notification for some applications. The firmware would then be rolled out to Apple's iPhones.

Additionally, he said the new iPods would receive a significant price drop in order to not directly influence iPhone sales. The iPhone has been a retail hit, selling over 1 million units in its debut weekend, and the $199 price point for the 8-GB version may have played a significant role in that. By comparison, an 8-GB iPod Nano retails for $199, and a 16-GB iPod Touch costs $399.

Rose said the revamped iPods and software should be coming within the next two to three weeks. Representatives from Apple did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Rose has a decidedly mixed record with making predictions on Apple's hardware. Prior to the original iPhone's announcement, he incorrectly said it would launch with a slide-out keyboard, two battery compartments, as well as versions for GSM and CDMA network technologies.

He also erroneously predicted that the iPhone 3G would launch with two-way videoconferencing, but he did correctly predict the $200 price point.

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