9to5Mac is reporting that a number of nationwide retailers, from Best Buy to Amazon, are all experiencing noticeable shortages of in-stock iPod Nanos. Putting 2 and 2 together, this of course points to an upcoming iPod Nano refresh which, not surprisingly, we’ve seen a rumor or two about in recent weeks.
A few weeks ago, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a pretty spot-on track record when it comes to Apple rumors – issued a research report claiming that Apple is planning to release a new model of the iPod Nano this fall. Before that, a report from Macotakara claimed that Apple’s next-gen iPod Nano will have a form factor reminiscent of the iPhone, with a home button and all.
A rendering of the rumored device is below.
Apple is by all accounts planning to hold a special media event on September 12 where it will introduce the iPhone 5 and, perhaps, a completely revamped iPod line with new Touch and Nano models.