New iPod with ‘wireless capabilities’ coming soon?

“Apple Computer is expected to launch soon a new iPod that supports wireless capabilities so as to compete with Microsoft’s planned year-end launch of its Zune-branded MP3 players, according to market sources,” Yen-ting Chen and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

According to the report, Apple has begun dispatching staff members to its major markets in Asia to teach local sales how to demonstrate the new products.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]
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28 Comments

  1. wow. putting the cart before the horse, hm?

    Apple’s worried about Zune? not likely. and what do we want a battery life killing feature like this for? *shrug

    iPod phone sounds a billion times more interesting than “Apple kicks MS’s butt in digital music. Again.”

  2. I wish MDN and everyone else would piss off with the “wireless iPod” crap!

    It is a stupid idea because of the technical aspects.

    You show me 15,000 songs in your pocket, 16 hours of battery life and the same sleek design and i’ll listen.

    Anything less (or more for this matter) and you can shove it and quit perpetuating this stupid idea!

  3. Hey, Pennypacker . . . relax! Nobody really needs your overwrought villification of what we say and write here. Either take some more Prozac, or GO SCREW YOURSELF!

    If people want to dream a bit on the MDN site and throw out a few ideas for discussion, it’s our right. And it’s not YOUR job to pee in our Cheerios.

    Hope you’ve calmed down now. Still, if not–GO SCREW YOURSELF! (It’ll take the edge off.)

  4. Forget Zune, the biggest challenge Apple will face in the next few years is topping themselves. The beauty of the iPod is its simplicity – the scrollwheel. They then simplified it by moving all the buttons onto the scrollwheel itself. If they’re gonna add new features, be it a phone, wifi downloads, whatever, then they will have to add more buttons. This will mean losing the inherent simplicity of the design. Even if they add back buttons like the 3G’s had to give them 8 they’re still in a way taking a step back. They’ve in a way designed themselves into a corner. They may have to pull something entirely new out of their hat.

  5. “so as to compete with Microsoft’s planned year-end launch of its Zune-branded MP3 players”

    Man that was fast. Just think, MS announced their new MP3 players will have wi-fi, and within just a few short weeks Apple has copied it, designed it in, and is now showing it their sales staff.

    The truth be told, what’s a lot more likely is that MS caught wind of Apple’s new (wi-fi) iPod and THEY are the ones scrambling to compete with Apple. I sincerely doubt that Apple has done anything “so as to compete” with an MP3 player from MS. They probably took a look at Zune and added a couple more things NOT to do with a player.

  6. M.X.N.T.4.1, they won’t have to add any extra buttons if they release the phone.

    All they need to do is what the LG Chocolate phone is – a click wheel is only visible at first, and when the phone “slides”, the dial keys will pop out. Very simple and space-saving.

  7. Thanks Al a bit of lateral thinking is all it needs otherwise the Mac itself would have a dozen keyboards, half a dozen screens and hundreds of buttons by now as compared to the original to fulfill the greatly increased functionality.

  8. OK then pickle packer (if that’s how you like it) make your case then.

    Show me where I am wrong.

    What roadblock does “wireless” help the user get around?

    How does it enhance the users experience?

    The inherend problems with Wi-Fi – Battery and space (have you opened an iPod lately?) – how do you account for them.

    Go ahead, appease all of us and let us know how and why it will work and translate into revenue for apple and improved satisfaction for the end user?

    We’re all waiting

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