Japanese Apple blog Macotakara – a little hit and miss when it comes to inside information – seems to believe the smaller iPad will definitely receive the "mini" moniker, while the iPod nano will be treated to some Wi-Fi connectivity – allowing users to connect to the cloud in order to access music.
The blogosphere has, since day one, referred to the purported 7.85-inch iPad as the iPad mini, but been hesitant on confirming whether this is the particular reference Apple will choose upon launching it. Apple makes a habit of throwing us off the scent with regards to a name, so we’re always tentative in branding a product before it’s been announced. The device is expected to arrive in October – around a month after the next-gen iPhone is unleashed – and although we’ve seen and heard snippets of what may be in store, nobody seems completely certain of what Tim Cook’s company has up its sleeve.
Meanwhile, the iPod nano, which runs on software somewhat reflective of iOS, will also be getting some kind of Wi-Fi support, continues Macotakara. The Apple-bent blog reckons the Cupertino company will utilize its watch-sized device to direct more consumers towards the iTunes Store, and iPod Nano users will be able to re-download past music, movies or TV shows onto their device whenever they’re connected to a hotspot.
I’m inclined to follow the naming of the iPad mini, although I’m not particularly convinced that the Japanese site – despite citing "Asian sources" – has indeed sourced anybody but their own imaginations. With regards to the nano, the Wi-Fi claims could well be true, and it seems only natural that, after grooming the device by offering an iOS-like feel to the current generation, Apple would step up the connectivity stakes once more.
It makes sense to connect additional devices to the cloud, and despite having had a torrid time with most of its web-based ventures in the past, Apple seems to be getting things running smoothly with iCloud and associated services.
We anxiously await further news with regards to both ends of the report, and you can rest assured that as soon as we do, we’ll let you guys know, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!
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