With invites for Apple’s long-rumored September 12 media event sent out earlier today, all eyes are on the next iPhone, as subtly hinted by a “5” lurking in the shadow on the invite graphics. A separate media event is also believed to be in the works around October for a mini iPad. This leaves us with the obvious question: how does a third iPod-related presser fit between these two?

Per conventional wisdom, Apple could refresh iPods alongside the iPhone at the September 12 event. On the other hand, such a high-profile iPhone introduction – perhaps the most important product launch in Apple’s history – deserves an exclusive media event of its own. We’ve put together a quick poll to let us know about your expectations come next Wednesday (it ain’t a YES/NO poll)…

Before we get to it, let me just point out how it also makes sense from buyers’ perspective to announce the next iPhone and iPods at separate events because people usually buy just one new thing.

Introducing the next iPhone this month and a refreshed iPod lineup the following month puts me in a position where I can plan my spending optimally and in advance.

With two different product categories being unveiled the same day I’d probably only buy one.

It’s your turn now, cast your vote right below and place your bets down in the comments.

Also of note: the usually credible blogger Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5Mac, claimed (opined, to be more precise) that Apple will introduce three new lines of iPods next week.

He’s predictably calling for multiple colors for all models, with one of the lines coming in two size capacities and the other two lines being provided in a single storage capacity.

With the current iPod nanos and iPod shuffles both available in multiple colors (and with the nano currently available in two capacities and the shuffle in one), we think it is likely that new iPod nanos and iPod shuffles are launching next week.

However, it is possible that there is a third line as well (that, too, comes in multiple colors). With the iPod touch currently available in two colors and three capacities (black/white, 8GB, 32GB, 64GB) we don’t believe that the iPod touch is third line that comes in multiple colors.

Gurman provided no source for his claim and I was unable to establish the veracity of  this rumor at post time beyond the “three new lines of iPods” claim.

Don’t also forget about an interesting rumor pertaining to an allegedly revamped iPod nano reverting back to a taller display and sporting a home button and WiFi networking for iCloud/iTunes connectivity, depicted in an artist’s rendition seen above.

What do you think the upcoming iPod lineup will be like?

How about that iOS-que iPod nano with apps and iTunes connectivity?

Has the iPod line finally run its course?

Feel free to join the discussion down in the comments.

  • The iPod nano should be like the nano sixth generation, but more likely they will add just a camera.

  • The render of that iPod reminds me of the Sony Walkman mp3 players.

    • dcwj

      Yeah, it looks awful.

      • It’s not that bad

      • dcwj

        I like the idea of replacing the click wheel with a home button, but the iPods in that picture look nowhere near polished enough to be a new Apple product.

      • alexanderlyd

        thats what she said

    • No more Obama

      reminds me of the new nokia phones. i like it, minus the home button we have been seeing since 2007 in the iphone/ipod touches/ipads

  • this event iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano
    Next event, iPad Mini, iMac ect
    Since iPhone and iPod dont really ‘compete’ people rarely buy both.

  • The render actually looks pretty nice

    • No more Obama

      i agree, i’ll take a red iphone that looks like that as long as its symmetrical on the top and bottom like the iphone is. i like this nokia influence. it’s could be a really nice change not having rounded corners.

  • No more Obama

    Christian Ziberg and his stupid polls. One choice for vs 4 choices against…

    • Hyr3m

      Exactly what I wanted to say!
      We should have a poll “for or against Christian” with 5 choices against and none for.

      • No more Obama

        i like that, or we could do what he does…1 choice to fire him. and four choices to keep him. this is what he normally does to manipulate the outcome. obviously most votes will go to the choice he wants which is pro apple. and the other votes will be split up between the against. he has done this numerous times. then a few days later writes an article saying “see look at what the poll says in favor of apple!”

      • Hyr3m

        So true! I’ve seen that a couple of times from him… I guess he thinks he’s pretty funny. Pretty pathetic if you ask me!

      • No more Obama

        pathetic is right. here in this poll it shows most votes for the first choice (the one he likes) so he split up the other view into many choices, but even though the other ones added up are far more(60%) in votes he will surely write an article in a few days praising apple

  • The polls are not the words I would use lol

  • not a good poll :/ so i didnt vote lol

  • I really wish that rumor which said they would use BT 4.0 to comunicate with iPhones in iPod nano’s comes true! imagine checking mail/messages etc on your wrist!