More Evolution in Apple's Recurring Design Language
Any long-time apple fan should know that taking a look into Apple's hardware or software design history is actually pretty interesting. A lot of trends come and go, but more than often they tend to reappear in the future in better, much-improved forms.
In this case I was taking a look at the polished aluminum edges on the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini and realized that Apple has tried to do this before! In case you don't know what I'm talking about, here are two examples:
So back when Apple first released the iPod Touch it had a thick, dark grey bezel around the screen that transitioned to a polished aluminum rear cover on the back (with seams, ie.: not unibody). It shares a lot in common with the new design of the iPad and iPhone series. It frames the display, accents the front of the device, and fore mostly differentiates the front of the device from the rear. Though unlike the designs of new, this implementation was big, sloppy, and pretty unattractive. It's pretty clear that, when looking at the iPod touch, that this is one of those cases like the G4 Cube where Apples' intentions were clear, but implemented poorly.
Anyhow, here it is, it's back, and like they said during the iPhone 5 unveiling, it's just gorgeous!