iPod touch 2.0 anyone?

iPod touch 2.0 anyone?

Summary: It's almost a certainty that Steve Jobs will announce the next-generation iPhone at the WWDC today. But in the midst of all the iPhone 2.0 speculation and rumors, we seem to have overlooked other Apple products due for a revamp - such as the iPod touch.

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It's almost a certainty that Steve Jobs will announce the next-generation iPhone at the WWDC today. But in the midst of all the iPhone 2.0 speculation and rumors, we seem to have overlooked other Apple products due for a revamp - such as the iPod touch.

iPod touchI know that the iPhone is Apple's current jewel in the crown, but I think that the iPod touch is an equally important device for Apple. After all, the current iPod touch is an iPhone, without the phone. Since the iPhone will undoubtedly be getting a face (and feature) lift, I would say that makes an iPod touch revamp at least likely.

I've had my iPod touch for quite a while now and overall it's just worked. It's crashed on a me a few times in that time and I've had to factory-reset it once in that time. The battery life, while still OK, is nowhere near as good as it once was. The 16GB capacity, which once seemed ample, now hovers at around the 1.5GB free mark. Oh,and the screen has a scratch on it. A small one, and it's at the bottom, but I know it's there and that makes it annoying (partly because it was my fault).

I guess what I'd really like is a device with the capacity of the classic iPod, but with a touchscreen What all this means is that over the next few months (maybe for the Holidays) I'll be looking to pick up a new iPod touch (there's a queue of people waiting for me to get tired of my current iPod touch so they can claim ownership over it - I'm thinking or organizing some sort of cage match to determine the winner). I'd like to think that maybe I'll have something more to look forward to that just increased capacity. Yeah, I know, I could trade up to a 32GB model today, but since I'm seeing zippo new features on that one, it doesn't seem worth the upgrade. It'll take a little more than a capacity bump to get me interested.

I guess what I'd really like is a device with the capacity of the classic iPod, but with a touchscreen. If I can't have that, then what about an iPod touch that has at least 64GB of storage, a GPS in it, and a camera? That would be cool. Oh, and how about a price drop too, that would be great.

Anyone else hoping for a revamped iPod touch today?

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, Mobility

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  • I'd expect it in about 3+ months.

    My guess is a 64GB iPod Touch and an iPod Touch/GPS will
    be added. Eventually. They will start driving down the
    price of the iPod Touch Basic (16GB) while adding iPhone
    features (like GPS or what-not) to a higher end.

    I would expect a:
    < 200 USD model. Basic
    < 300 USD model. Basic + more memory
    < 400 USD model. Basic + GPS + more memory

    by Christmas. But not at WWDC.
    Bruizer
  • WTF?

    Hate to be so blunt but WTF? You've crashed your iPod
    Touch? How would you manage to do that? I bought mine
    since day one when the iPod Touch was released and have
    never had a problem. I've thrown everything at it and have
    even used it for movies.
    Arm A. Geddon
    • NOT MOVIES??!!??!!

      [i]I've thrown everything at it and have even used it for movies.[/i]

      Wow, I'm going to have to get me one of those!!
      NonZealot
      • Gotcha!!

        I just threw that line out to get a response. Most people whined and some still will say, "how can you watch a movie on such a small screen?" Hmm, let's see, maybe because sometimes it doesn't make sense to carry my macbook around. :-)
        Arm A. Geddon
        • Size of screen on Touch is fine

          What I don't understand is how you can watch movies at 480*320. I saw a movie playing on a Touch, showed the salesguy the same movie on my Archos (800*480), and his jaw dropped. He stopped trying to sell me a Touch after that. :)
          NonZealot
    • He's probably stressed it more than you have

      I've crashed mine a few times, too doing stuff it was never
      intended for. Like using data URLs to create 4MB bookmarks. That
      will bring an iPod touch to its knees pretty quickly.
      frgough
      • Re: He's probably stressed it more than you have

        I don't know about considering I do a lot of beta software testing. You do remember I was one who tested Vista.
        Arm A. Geddon
  • Adrian, does it HAVE to be made by Apple?

    [i]I guess what I???d really like is a device with the capacity of the classic iPod, but with a touchscreen.
    ...
    Oh, and how about a price drop too, that would be great.[/i]

    The Archos 605 wins [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/4370-11399_7-312-101.html] all unbiased reviews when compared to the iPod [/url], has 160GB of storage, has a touchscreen that [url=http://www.intoiphone.com/2007/08/09/apple-iphone-users-reporting-unresponsive-multi-touch-displays.html] won't develop a dead strip within a month of buying it [/url], has [b]more than twice[/b] the resolution (it plays DVDs in their native resolution), and has support for far more codecs (can play DVDs in their native codec).

    While it doesn't have a camera built in, you can buy a "helmet cam" that lets you record videos. While it doesn't have a GPS, you can buy one that integrates perfectly with it. Oh yeah, did I mention Flash 9 support? iPod doesn't give you that because Jobs hates flash.

    Adrian, you have posted a wishlist. That wishlist was actually answered a year ago. If that wishlist was actually complete and doesn't include one last item: [i]- Must be made by Apple[/i] then you can have it all [b]right now[/b], no more waiting for Jobs to tell you what you want! :)
    NonZealot
    • Archos-- bwahahahah

      It costs more. It's touch screen sucks. It's bigger and heavier. The
      company nickels and dimes you to death on accessories to make
      the device even halfway usable.

      There's a reason why it only sells a tiny fraction of iPod touches,
      and no, it's NOT because consumers are stupid.
      frgough
      • Yikes, thanks for reminding me!! Archos is cheaper

        [i]It costs more.[/i]

        Adrian, one of your wishlist items was "a price drop". I included your quote and then forgot to address it but frgough kindly reminded me. Thanks frgough!!!

        iPod Touch 32GB: $499
        Archos 605 160GB: $399

        There you go, you even got your price drop.

        Oh, and don't believe frgough, believe the reviews. Every single unbiased review out there ranks the Archos higher than the iPod. :)
        NonZealot
        • Cheaper?

          http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10092437&catid=22211

          http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10092773&catid=

          Btw, maybe I need a new financial adviser. Maybe you'd like to replace her because damn if my Nokia N800 doesn't do everything either. ;-)
          Arm A. Geddon
          • One more thing...

            I just recently turned 50 years so maybe I should forget about buying so many gadgets and retire earlier. You think? ;-)
            Arm A. Geddon
          • I think you should do both

            Retirement is the best time to play with gadgets! :)
            NonZealot
          • Cheaper than the Touch, duh

            We were comparing the Archos with the iPod Touch, not the Classic. Do try to keep up with us. :)

            The iPod Classic and the Archos share hard drive size in common, and nothing else. Classic doesn't have WiFi, no browser, no touch screen, a miniscule screen, etc. The 2 don't compete in the same category.
            NonZealot
          • And I was just comparing storage in my post. [nt]

            :-)
            Arm A. Geddon
          • Wrong comparison

            You should be comparing the Archos to the iPod TOUCH.
            The regular iPod does not have a touch screen (duh), and that is a required feature for Mr Kingsley-Hughes.

            NonZ showed another media player with higher capacity, and a touch screen. You just showed two media players with 160GB capacity.

            So, your "I was only comparing capacity" just shows that you were looking at the wrong requirements.

            Next time read before you start going off on the wrong direction.
            tikigawd
          • Response to tikigawd

            I knew exactly what I was doing. I was trying to have a little fun at Non_Zealots expense. Some here at ZDnet need to relax, take it easy and don't worry about things so much. Kapeesh ?! :-)
            Arm A. Geddon
        • Speaking of Nickel and Diming

          Really was not happy that Apple made me pay $20 to "upgrade" my Touch with apps that the phone version already had.

          Personally, what I miss on the Touch is a camera and speakers. Especially the speakers.
          kdarling
          • Another great point

            Apple is actually the KING of nickel and diming. I also remember the time Mac users were charged $2 for a WiFi driver!!

            You also mention speakers which YATIL (yet another thing iPod lacks). Archos has it. :)
            NonZealot
      • Archos vs. iPod touch

        Actually, the Archos is [i]cheaper[/i] than the iPod touch. Yes, the company nickels and dimes you over accessories, but those accessories actually make the Archos 605 even more powerful than the iPod touch.

        For the same price as a 16GB iPod touch, you can get a 30GB Archos 605 Wifi with a DVR Dock that lets you record TV directly to the device. In terms of capacity, an iPod Classic is a better value than the Archos 605, but with the Classic, you lose the touchscreen, wi-fi and Web access.
        bhartman33@...