Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPod expected to include wide touch screen, wi-fi and GPS

“New features emerging in Apple’s next generation portable media player could enhance connectivity and convenience. However some changes may cause current Apple partners grief,” Daniel Jacobs reports for International Business Times.

Jacobs reports, “In a note delivered to clients on Monday, research analyst Jesse Tortora said that Apple’s next generation video-iPod may include significant changes, adding a larger screen and potentially, internet capabilities. ‘The next gen video ipod[s] are expected to include a wider touch screen, wi-fi and GPS,’ he said.”

Jacobs reports, “The addition of GPS functionality should position the iPod as the central hub for all digital content (music, movies, GPS) in automobiles, the researcher explained.”

Jacobs reports, “Apple may also shift away from hard-drive technology in its next generation video player one analyst contends, causing a potential shakeup in the disk storage market. ‘Our checks indicate that Apple may not proceed with its next generation hard disk drive (HDD) based video iPod design, transitioning instead to NAND flash as soon as late ’07,’ Tortora told clients.”

Full article here.

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53 Comments

  1. Nope.

    While there may be models in the 8 to 10 GB range that use only flash memory, I have to believe that there will still be HD’s that are in the 60-80-100 GB range.

    Imagine a widescreen iPod that has a 4-inch display that can do a full 480p resolution with coverflow and can also store dozens of movies along with thousands of songs.

    And all for $299.

    I want one right now!

  2. A wide touch screen video iPod sounds like a big ass winner to me. A video screen that both fits in your pocket and is easy on the eyes to watch.

    Now all you need is Vidcasts (basically the same as a podcast but with video). Think youtube, but on a H.264 file format.

    Awesome.

  3. GPS makes all the sense in the world…. Imagine..wide screen ipod…couple of touches and you have google mpas/google earth showing you where exactly you are and could give you directions..etc.. etc… these maps could easily be pre loaded when you synch your ipod to your Mac…i for one think that would be a great add on to the iPod’s features

  4. If they included GPS, can you imagine the sales potential to all those folks who are buying those little $500 hand held GPS units? Through in a simple way to interface with a car stero and holly crap… that would be unstoppable. My gut reaction is, GPS is too darn good to be true and a bit too of the media focus, and wont make it…

  5. They would never create something so good it would compete with its own iPhone…On the other hand, if they decided to throw an 80 gig hd with 1gig of flash for the OS, inside the iPhone with GPS…Im down…

  6. While I would LOVE to have GPS navication on my iPhone, Apple has already announced that GPS would NOT be on the iPhone, so I doubt it would be on the iPod.

    Too bad. A $500 GPS linked to Google? Apple couldn’t make enough.

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