“In February 2006, Think Secret first reported that Apple was hard at work on the ‘true’ video iPod, which will feature a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive display and a virtual track wheel interface. At the time, sources were expecting an announcement to arrive in late Spring, but unforeseen technical obstacles—the details of which were disclosed to Think Secret in confidence to protect the identities of the sources—pushed the release date back,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.
“It is unlikely now that the new iPod will arrive in time for the holiday season, as recent information points to a release at Macworld Expo/San Francisco in January 2007. In the interim, sources say Apple is planning a smaller upgrade to the current 5G iPod, one that will likely encompass larger capacities and little more,” Katz reports.
“The delay of the video iPod has served to fuel the wide-ranging rumors about the music player’s future path. One recently published report, courtesy of Scotsman.com, said the next iPod would feature a talking interface— but Think Secret sources say that feature not in the cards,” Katz reports. “Meanwhile, The Inquirer said Wednesday it heard a “whisper” that Apple’s next iPods would sport organic light-emitting diode displays (OLED), but sources say Apple briefly explored and ruled out the display technology some time ago due to the limited life-span of OLED displays and poor performance in direct sunlight. Apple has used, and will continue to use, only LCD displays in its iPods.”
“Wireless capabilities also appear unlikely to happen anytime soon,” Katz reports. “Microsoft’s [Zune] device will feature Wi-Fi and Apple’s iPods will not… [Also] sources report that Apple has frozen development of its iPod phone, or iPhone, but may resume work on the device next year.”
Much more in the full article here.
Well now, those are some positive iPod rumors, huh? All of those who complained that Apple kept releasing new iPods and too quickly made models “obsolete” (we still use a 3rd generation 40GB iPod as our main music iPod, BTW), should be heartened. Remember, these are rumors and Apple does not usually comment on future product releases.
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