Hon Hai Chairman: Apple about to unveil next-gen iPod using a ‘none-touch’ concept

“Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Taiwan’s largest electronics company, said stockholders approved plans to sell NT$58.8 billion (US$1.8 billion) of shares overseas to fund expansion, including possible takeovers. The value of the 300 million shares is based on the stock’s closing price of NT$196 a piece in Taipei. Details and pricing will be set by Chairman Terry Gou later, Hon Hai said at its annual meeting at its headquarters in Tu-Chen City, Taiwan,” George Hsu reports for Bloomberg.

Gou said he expects the company’s revenue to grow at least an average 30 percent in the next five years on rising orders for components from customers such as Sony Corp. and Apple Computer Inc., whose iPod music players are assembled by Hon Hai,” Hsu reports.

“Apple is about to unveil the next generation of iPod, the best-selling music player in the U.S., using a ‘none-touch’ concept, Gou said without elaborating,” Hsu reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy” for the heads up.]
“None-touch,” as in voice-controlled? Apple Macs already have Speech Recognition, of course. More info on that technology here. Or how about motion-detection via gestures or similar input? If your Nike shoes can talk to your iPod, then a motion sensor on the iPod itself can, too. Or just a bad translation or misquote for “touchscreen?”

Oh, almost forgot, our prayers go out to Chairman Gou. If this is true, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere near Steve Jobs when he finds out the beans have been spilled.

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43 Comments

  1. Bingo, Taiwan accidentally release the latest Apple secrets yet again!

    But what the heck does it mean?

    Thanks for turning off the Intellitxt ads MDN. Much appreciated as I like rolling my pointer round the screen when I read. Intellitxt made it impossible.

  2. As in we’ll touch none of your factories for orders. This is somewhat amusing since Hon Hai is the factory making the ‘slave iPods’.

    Wonder what the Steve will do? Slap on the wrist or kick in the groin?

  3. It’s Apple’s variation on “one-click” buying. They just send you stuff and keep billing the credit card until it’s full.

    So, for example, when you connect to iTMS, it starts downloading every song and billing you 99 cents for each one until your credit card is full. When you pay it down, it’ll fill it back up.

    Genius!

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