Apple’s ‘touchless’ touchscreen iPod revealed

“Sometimes Apple seems to just patent things for the heck of it. But its latest invention — a ‘touchless’ touchscreen for its iconic iPod music player — could be headed to market in short order. In its recent blockbuster earnings call, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer hinted at new iPods coming soon. And last month, Terry Gou, the chairman of Hon Hai, a major contract manufacturer for Apple, blabbed about a ‘none-touch’ iPod on its way in the second half of the year,” Owen Thomas blogs for Business 2.0 and Fortune.

“Apple’s new patent shows a tablet-style iPod with a virtual scrollwheel that’s activated by the mere proximity of a finger — so you can manipulate the player without actually smudging the screen by touching it. If the patented device is the same as Gou’s ‘none-touch’ iPod, this idea could become reality in your pocket in a matter of months,” Thomas writes.

Full blog here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
More info surfaces regarding Apple’s latest iPod touch-screen patent filing – July 21, 2006
Hon Hai Chairman: Apple about to unveil next-gen iPod using a ‘none-touch’ concept – June 15, 2006

41 Comments

  1. Another iPod? Is that the best that Apple can do? Who is going to spend $1000 for an iPod? As usual, only the rich can afford Apple products…the normal middle class is left out in the cold. I’ll be interested when Apple starts innovating again and stops selling exploding batteries and iPods that kill people. Guess we will have to wait for Microsoft Vista and Zune to get innovation back into the market. Maybe then Apple can actually product a product that is affordable and doesn’t kill people.

  2. It’s obvious that these “revelations” are nothing more than those Etch-a-Sketch-quality illustrations that have been circulating the web for months. What’s next, MDN, scanned images of napkins with hastily drawn cartoon characters?

  3. Either thats a child modelling, or that’s one huuuuge iPod.

    Ummm…. Apple’s lost it here – the Nano is super popular because it’s so small and thin. 10″ isn’t portable. The PSP isn’t quite portable enough, which is one reason for its commercial failure next to the Gameboy series. It’s why the DS Lite is vastly outselling the original DS, and it’s why the GBA Advance clamshell was more popular than the handheld.

    4″ diagonal screen in 16:9 format would be the max for portable IMHO.

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