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My Predictions For The September 1st Apple Event

I agree with almost everything [Jesper of Waffle Software][link] has said on his blog in the past. This is no different.

* Huge capacity iPod Touch (128gb?) with FaceTime-enabled cameras, iPhone 4 guts, and Retina.
* Goodbye iPod Classic.
* The Shuffle goes away, and in it’s place there is now an iPod Nano at the $99 price point, right in between the old Shuffle ($49) and the current Nano ($149). I doubt Steve will actually kill the Shuffle on stage, but it will quietly be taken off the store, lead to a remote field and abandoned to rot with its ancestors.
* Newly-christened iTV Developer Program
* TV Show Rentals for $0.99
* Wifi Syncing for iOS devices
* Streaming content from the iTunes Store (like, say, the aforementioned TV rentals.)

I’m not super sure about the Shuffle. The $49 price point is part of why the Shuffle exists in the first place, but I don’t know a single person who owns one. The primary market seems to be children whose parents wish to reward for less than $100, or people who work out and are afraid of breaking their iPod Touch or Nano. The price point is hard to argue with , though, as a gateway to the larger (more expensive) Apple ecosystem.

Wouldn’t it be something if the Nano got Facetime?

[link]: http://waffle.wootest.net/2010/08/29/forecasting-the-first/ “Waffle: Forecasting The First”