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Pics Of Apple Touchscreen Leaked, iPod Touch Nano Likely?

Several pictures of what seems to be a square touchscreen display have been leaked online by the same guys who brought us images of the first unibody Apple Macbook Pro laptop and the iPhone 4G.

Taiwan-based Apple Pro's (opens in new tab) snaps were taken fairly close and are quite detailed showing that the screen in question is Apple-bound. Interestingly, the site also published a rendering of a concept Apple watch called the iWatch which may be paired with a face camera and Facetime. But that's unlikely.

It is very likely that the device which will use the screen will have limited functionality and some have suggested that it could very well be the screen of the next iPod Nano.

However, given that the current iPod Nano has a screen diagonal of 2.2-inch (around 56mm) and that this new screen has a diagonal of 42mm, we're not convinced. This may therefore rule out any iPod Nano Touch rumours.

The other possibility is that the screen will be used on the next generation of the iPod Shuffle which would then allow Apple to claim that its entire range of media players now have colour screen (and can therefore play video).

However, we couldn't help but notice the series of lines that are present on the screen and which look like those found on solar panels. Could Apple be working on something more radical than just another product with a colour screen?

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.