Touchscreen iPod to be announced today? Don't bet on it!

Touchscreen iPod to be announced today? Don't bet on it!

Summary: Think Secret has a tip from an "unproven source" that Apple will today announce a new widescreen, touchscreen 6G iPod.

SHARE:
4

Think Secret has a tip from an "unproven source" that Apple will today announce a new widescreen, touchscreen 6G iPod.

The undefeated champion of the media players - the iPodThe tipster is reporting that Apple will announce the touchscreen iPods today but not ship them until June or July, after the iPhone.  This timing of the announcement is being put down to the fact that the touchscreen technology has "already been perfected and finalized."

I don't think that we'll see a touchscreen iPod for a while because of the associated costsI think that this "announcement" is as real as that email I got today telling me that I'd won the lottery.  Why would Apple jeopardize iPhone sales by pre-announcing a touchscreen iPod now?  That's not like Apple at all.

I also can't see a reason why Apple would so dramatically update the iPod range right now.  iPods are flying off the shelves as they are with little or no competition from anyone or anything else (even Microsoft's Zune).  There's no need to go and stick expensive technology like touchscreen in them just yet.  Sure, Apple might kick up the storage a notch and add 100GB drives soon, but that's only a minor technical update.

Nah, as much as I like the sound of a touchscreen, widescreen 6G iPod (so much so that I would probably buy one) I don't think that Apple is going to announce one today.  In fact, I don't think that we'll see a touchscreen iPod for a while because of the associated costs (maybe the 7G iPod).  The next big thing from Apple is going to be the iPhone, and nothing is going to get a chance to eclipse that and potentially upset Apple's entry into the highly competitive, dog-eat-dog cellphone market.  As far as Apple is concerned, everything has to give way for the iPhone this year, even Leopard.

But ... I could be wrong ...

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

4 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • I don't see a need for one

    The click wheel is pretty damned slick, and does everything you need it to do. Not to mention it keeps your fingers off a screen that has enough of a tendency to get scuffed up.

    The phone is different in that you kind of need buttons, or the quasi-buttons that a touch screen provides.
    Michael Kelly
  • I could see a touch screen....

    If they eliminated the touch wheel all together and made the display larger. The could emulate the click wheel when needed and have a nice size screen to watch videos on.
    mrlinux
  • future iPod

    Surely some future iPod (maybe not 6G but 7G?), will be near identical to the iPhone in terms of software, touchscreen, etc, but with a big hard-disk replacing all the telephony-related circuitry? That way Apple can keep development cost low by using the same stripped-down version of Mac OS X and iTunes for both, and keep production costs low by using common components bought in bulk.
    sj_z
  • 20 months out....

    Interesting to look at this 20 months out. Apple didn't
    announce in May, but did deliver a touch screen iPod by Fall.
    Today, with the app store crammed with something
    approaching 15,000 3rd party apps it's hard not to call the
    strategy a success. The way I see it, Apple has what no other
    vendor seems to have--a coherent strategy, where iPhone
    technology spans plan and plan-less devices. One OS, one UI,
    one collection of apps across phone and media player,
    upgradeable and predictable into the future. Which of Samsung
    and LG's sorta smart phones is going to carry them into the
    future? There are so many different ones that the consumer
    can't tell.
    mrs1622