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. Maybe Hon Hai will make an Etch-a-sketch iPod w/ two dials you twist, and you can draw pictures, too!

    Steve will have to give Gou the “Ships that leak from the top” talk. This is why factories are in China; harder to feed rumormills.

  2. jeez, i can’t believe you people are so thick you can’t see what Apple has in store for the next-gen iPod. it’s plain as day where this is heading, and Gou’s comments confirm it.

    the next iPod will be controlled through the listener’s breath.

    utilizing assistive technology that’s been around helping the disabled for years, the iPod will feature a white, thin plastic tube that allows the listener to navigate the iPod system using puffs of air. one puff for forward/play, two puffs for rewind, three puffs for fast forward. blowing continuously will “scroll” through the different menu options. to move backward, the user will draw air in through the tube rather than blow.

    the blowPod will be available mid-late third quarter 2006.

    and remember, you heard it here first.
    MDN: “effort,” as in “it took no effort to come to that conclusion.”

  3. Looking at some recent published patent applications from Apple, I think you could see some kind of multi touch input IPOD.

    I didn’t see any published applications that discuss non-touch input. However, it does take about 18 months from priority filing date before they are published so they could have filed a while ago.

  4. How to get out of a binding contract with Apple?

    1) ask nicely
    2) send stern demand letter
    3) spill the beans about the deal.

    Answer: 3
    Of course, this works even if you wanted to stay in the contract…

  5. “Imagine iPod ear buds with a built-in mic.”

    And when you don’t have, loose, or can’t find, or want to use another set of buds, want to hook up to a stereo, tv . . . . . etc, etc, etc, etc

    Imagine iPod comments minus the the intuitive and thought provoking comments.

    people, please

  6. “Bingo, Taiwan accidentally release the latest Apple secrets yet again!”

    I am sure Apple puts this sort of shit in the written agreement, which they just breached. They may be the largest in Taiwan, but Steve just made a call to the second largest upon hearing this news.

    On the none touch concept: I think that this is a means to move the iPod in a way that it scrolls for you. up, down, left, right. motion sensor like the Wii. You will still need to push a button to activate and deactivate such a sensor.

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