Will Apple Turn Around iPod Sales Decline?

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San Francisco - The eyes of the mobile-device industry will turn to this city on Sept. 1 to see if Apple's expected introduction of new iPods will turn around the worldwide decline in iPod sales.

For the first three quarters of its 2010 fiscal year ending June 26, Apple's worldwide iPod sales fell 6.3 percent to 41.3 million, company reports show.

During an

event last year

at this time, Apple refreshed its iPod line with its first camera-equipped iPod Nanos, a new $59 iPod Shuffle, and an expanded Touch line starting at $199 but running to $399 for a model with the new 64GB capacity. At this year's event, the company might add some of the

iPhone 4's new features

to the iPod Touch, including the phone's Retina display, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi-based Face Time video-chat capability (which currently enables iPhone-to-iPhone video chat), 720p/30 fps HD video recording, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a gyroscope that, when added to its current accelerometer, would provide six-axis motion sensing for gaming.


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