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Old 02-13-2006, 10:47 PM   #1
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Rumored 6G Video iPod...

Have you seen it? It's just rumored, but evidently Apples been getting some patents that could be related to it...

http://www.cry9c.com/iPod/
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I seriously doubt that's legit.

It's intriguing, though.
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February 9, 2006 - Think Secret can confirm recent rumblings that Apple is nearing completion of a completely revamped video iPod that will shed the ubiquitous mechanical click wheel for a touch screen and will sport a 3.5-inch diagonal display.

This video iPod, which has been in development and on the table since before Apple released the 5G iPod last year with video playback, will feature a display that will occupy the entire front face of the device. Sources who have seen the device report that it features a digital click wheel, one that overlays the touch-sensitive display and appears when a finger touches it and disappears when the finger is removed.

Apple has been working with at least two other companies to perfect the digital click wheel display technology. While not all the engineering was completed in-house by Apple, sources have said Apple could hold an exclusive license on the technologies it borrowed from other developers for a period of time, limiting the ability of competitors to copy Apple's design.

Additional details concerning the new iPod have yet to be confirmed, including capacity and a release date, although all indications point to the Spring, possibly as early as late March or early April. During the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs alluded to a major announcement on or around April 1, Apple's 30th anniversary as a company.

Like previous iPods, sources insist that this video iPod will lack any sort of wireless connectivity, and will continue to connect to televisions using the conventional cabling solution of current models.

While Apple no longer publicly releases the numbers for how many specific iPod models it sells, Think Secret has learned exclusively that during Apple's most recent December quarter, the company moved 3.9 million 5G iPods, exceeding internal estimates and confirming that strong demand remains for higher capacity, higher priced iPod models, especially with additional functionality. By comparison, 8 million iPod nanos were sold during the same period.

Readers will recall that during the brouhaha leading up to the October release of the 5G iPod last year, Think Secret maintained that the video iPod would not be released at the time and, following the roll-out of the 5G iPod, that that iPod was "not the video iPod" but rather a souped up 4G iPod with video capabilities. This forthcoming iPod revision is what sources have said for some time will be the incarnation of a complete video iPod solution.
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Damn. You're never done with these iPods there's always a new better one. If they pull that touchscreen clickwheel thing off I will be a very envious person for a loooong time.

...and I bought the 5G iPod with engraving.
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recent patent images suggest the touch screen technologies will possibly be utilized in a tablet style pc. seeing as how patents are just now being applied for, actual application could still be a long way off.
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This wouldn't surprise me in the least. This technology changes so quickly, but my question is I wonder how much this one will cost?
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Technically the 5th G iPod wasn't the Video iPod, it was the iPod with Video. In other words, an update to the regular iPod line-up.

The current phasing-out of the iPod Mini suggests that Apple will slot the new Video iPod into the high price bracket, giving us a player in each price range. (Nano + 5G + Video).
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Here's a link with some patent images...

http://hrmpf.com/wordpress/54/touch-sensitive-ipod/
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Too bad I won't be able to afford it in a million years.
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new shit comes out too quickly these days...
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Evil, evil...... that's so sick, me wants it!!!!
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Am I the only one still happy with her first and only iPod?
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Old 02-14-2006, 02:16 PM   #13
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Am I the only one still happy with her first and only iPod?
I've still got my trusty old black and white U2 iPod. I must say, though, being able to have an iTunes interface on my iPod would be fairly awesome.

I didn't want to buy the iPod with the video player because I didn't see the point in having a tiny screen to play it on. But if you can turn it sideways like that, it suddenly becomes much more appealing.
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i still have my first ipod, (15GB) it's 2 years old now and i'm still happy with it.

that said, i wouldn't mind one of the new ones
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new shit comes out too quickly these days...
yeah. i don't have an ipod yet, but i'm always holding out, cuz i don't want to buy one and then one week later, this brand new super cool new one comes out. it'll be like a slap in the face. like a "HAHAH, you SUCKA" from apple. ok, i'm exaggerating, but yeah =)
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