RUMOR: True Apple video iPod with 3.5-inch display, touch-screen click wheel coming soon

“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,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret. “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.”

“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 San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs alluded to a major announcement on or around April 1, Apple’s 30th anniversary as a company,” Katz reports. “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.”

More in the full article here.

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51 Comments

  1. The question is…will it offer higher resolution playback? If it does…will that coincide with the release of a mac mini/tivo style unit that will sit in the heart of the digital home? If so…I think I have a 30 gig black ipod with video I want to sell.

  2. Not to bring the whole worthiness-of-the-shuffle thing up again, but just as an observation, I guess we can deduce from this information that 2.1 million shuffles were sold last quarter? (14 – 8 – 3.9 = 2.1) And that was before the $30 price drop.

  3. If the new iPod video is going to be “all screen” then I just hope that it’s more scratch resistant than the current models. If it’s not, we’ll never hear the end of the whining.

  4. i totally predicted, i think reason for the track wheell or click wheel is to open up space for the WIDE cinema screen on ipod videos.

    It makes sense because Steve Jobs wants to make full use of PIXAR and DISNEY content.

    Remembered steve jobs was making a joke in MacWorld show saying ” 10 inch ipod”

    Well this is probably gonna be it.

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