No surprise that the Zune HD
announcement has resulted in a flurry of iPod rumors, and there's a couple good ones going around today. Obviously the big news is a set of photos purporting to show a next-gen touch with a camera -- the sourcing and the backdrop in some of the pics make it feel like it's a publicity stunt, but the shots of the motherboard next to a current-gen touch's board seem convincing -- especially because of Apple's recent propensity to leak this sort of thing
. The other piece of news? CNET says that whatever Apple does next month
, the new Cocktail "next-generation album cover"
will be a part of it, at least according to "multiple music industry sources." That might link into the major labels' CMX initiative
, it might have something to do with iTunes 9
, it might be a fun little Tom Cruise movie, or it might be nothing at all -- but it sure seems like we're in for a hell of a September.
As commenter Joseph pointed out, these look pretty fake when you zoom in Photoshop -- there's a distinct square of pixels around the lens. Nice publicity stunt, guys -- we'll totally start listening to your show now.
: After seeing some high res versions of these pics, we think we can safely rule out the JPG artifacting as the tell-tale sign that these are fake. You know what we can't
rule out? The really bad looking Photoshop work around the lens. Much clearer pic after the break. [Thanks for the pic, Manny]
- The Covino and Rich Show blog post with iPod touch photos
- iPod touch photos on Flickr in higher-res
- CNET on Cocktail