New iPod designs ?

According to some patent filings with the European trademark and design office, Apple recently filed designs of new iPod controllers. See the picture for some idea of what the next iPod Nano might look like. The first looks like a mobile phone while the second looks like a game controller.

There are some more which have a totally different controller. Seems like trackpads and some kind of joysticks. What gives ? Let’s wait and watch. Hopefully sometime before Christmas this year we should get some new iPods.