Microsoft, Texas Instruments reps expect Apple ‘iPod video’ by end of year

“Even Apple’s constituents are expecting a new video-enabled iPod by the end of the year,” Michael Singer writes in the CNET Apple Blog. “Representatives with Microsoft and Texas Instruments recently said Apple will more than likely be one of two companies announcing portable video players before the end of January 2006; creating yet another new trend in multi-function gadgets. ‘From a chip standpoint there is no reason that they couldn’t release a video iPod,’ Doug Rasor, TI’s vice president and strategic marketing manager said during the company’s recent ‘Toy Tour’ press junket in San Francisco. Apple has widely been expected by insiders and enthusiasts to release a video-enabled iPod in September.”

“Despite its public dismissal of a video iPod, Apple has left the iPod evolution door wide open ever since last year’s release of the iPod photo with a color screen,” Singer writes. “More recently, Apple started tinkering with selling video clips on its iTunes Music Store and included the mention of the word video in some patents filed in 2004. Even Microsoft is predicting a video iPod by year’s end. Erik Huggers, a senior director with Microsoft’s Windows client division said Microsoft fully expects a video-enabled iPod and that Apple should expect Microsoft to rally its own troops in the next few months.”

Full article here.

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37 Comments

  1. Winston guess you haven’t heard. TI owns a the patent on a little thing called the LCD projection TV. Plus yes the TI 99 probably makes a few bucks since probably over 50% of high schoolers have one of these 90$ calculator/mini computers

  2. Uh-oh…they’re gonna rally their “troops”. I’m getting visions of Don Knotts, the Three Stooges, and Abbott & Costello all dressed in fatigues with patches reading “Plays For Sure” on the arms. Scary!

  3. Hey Jay – Yeah, TI is “still around”

    If you drive a car, listen to music, have a wireless router or broadband modem, or a Digital Light Projector (DLP) TV, you could well be using a TI chip.

    Texas Instruments is a semiconductor company. Their calculators were very powerful at the time and though their chips aren’t sold directly to consumers, it doesn’t mean they aren’t in many of the products you use today. TI customers are other manufacturers.

    TI (ticker TXN) earns about $1Billion in revenues every month and has a market capitalization of over $50 Billion. They are also a component of the S&P 500 index.

    MDN: sent

  4. Video iPod? yeeessss pleeeaaazzze! Nice to view a tiny oh-so-cool moving postage stamp, and if it plays into a giant screen as well, so much the better. Yum! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Uh Winston….

    “DALLAS (July 25, 2005) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today reported revenue for the second quarter of $3239 million, up 9 percent sequentially and about even with the year-ago quarter. The sequential growth primarily was due to increased demand for the company’s analog and DSP semiconductor products. Also contributing to growth was the seasonal increase in demand for calculators from TI’s Educational & Productivity Solutions (E&PS;) business.

    Operating profit of $669 million, an all-time high, reflected stronger gross profit as well as tight control of operating expenses. TI’s gross profit margin expanded 2.1 percentage points sequentially to 47.0 percent of revenue, and TI’s operating margin increased 3.9 percentage points to 20.6 percent of revenue.”

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