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Rumour pointing to taller Apple iPod Nano this autumn

Apple's next iPod nano could be getting a makeover, once again returning to the taller form factor of years past, according to new speculation.

Japanese Apple-focused blog Macotara, citing a "reliable Chinese source," reported this week that the seventh-generation iPod nano will once again sport a rectangular display, which would likely be a touch screen. For those not keeping up, the current nano iteration has a square form factor, and looks similar to an iPod shuffle, only with a 240 X 240 pixel touch screen on the front instead of a click wheel.

In addition to a rectangular form factor, the new iPod nano may have a circular home button like the one currently found on Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. It may also feature a "dedicated new iTunes service," according to the report.

The refreshed device could arrive this fall alongside an overhaul of Apple's iTunes. Details in the report appear to have come from a source who saw a leaked case for the next-gen device. Apple typically overhauls its iPod lineup once a year in the autumn, so the move is not completely unexpected.

Apple's last major update to the nano happened back in 2010, when it moved to the ultra-compact square touchscreen design, and removed the video camera, video playback abilities, and scroll wheel. Last year, it gave the nano a minor refresh, adding larger icons and watch-face widgets, and dropped the price to a starting point of £115.

The current design also features a clip on the back, which the updated iPod nano is rumoured to be getting rid of.