RUMOR: Don’t hold your breath for Apple’s next-gen multi-touch iPod

“Contrary to persistent rumor and speculation, Apple Inc. does not plan to introduce a sixth-generation of its flagship video iPod digital music player any time soon,” Kasper Jade and Prince McLean report for AppleInsider.

“People consistently familiar with the iPod maker’s future music directions say rough estimates for the new video and music player are tracking for the third calendar quarter of the year,” Jade and McLean report.

Jade and McLean report, “At the same time, however, other well-placed sources have approached specific time frames with caution, explaining that a mix of uncertainties — in particular those relating to the roll-out of iPhone — could leave consumers hung up till early next year.”

“Although Apple eventually intends to break widescreen video capabilities away from the iPhone for a device of similar proportions, sans the cellular capabilities, expectations of first-half 2007 launch are said to be overly ambitious,” Jade and McLean report. “Those people familiar with the matter say such a move would serve only to dilute the value of the iPhone and, similarly, the device’s worth to wireless carrier AT&T.”

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Our educated guess is that early next year is simply too long for Apple to wait. Look for 6G iPods in time for holiday 2007 shopping at the latest.

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Who wants an Apple iPhone minus the phone? – February 21, 2007

37 Comments

  1. It will come. Remember the 30/60 gig iPod with photos? That should have been the video ipod then.It came a year later. The technology exists, it’s possibile to make, they just have to sell all the phones first.

  2. Meanwhile, deep in Cupertinos R&D lab, the 6G iPod is thinking…

    I’m tired of rumors starting
    I’m sick of being followed
    I’m tired of people lying
    Saying what they want about me
    Why can’t they back up off me
    Why can’t they let me live
    I’m gonna do it my way
    Take this for just what it is

  3. People will buy the iPhone because it’s primarily a phone and a communications device, not because it’s an iPod. The iPhone is adequate proof that a 6th gen iPod is in the wings but why would Apple hang on to it any longer than they have to? Both devices appeal to different markets and whilst Apple probably won’t release a new iPod before they release the iPhone, it makes no sense to deny the rest of the market, not to say the world who won’t be getting the iPhone for some time, from a new range of iPods.

    =:~)

  4. This “Rumor” is obvious. Apparently Appleinsider needed to fill space on their blog. Why would Apple cut into iPhone sales by releasing an touchscreen iPod before the iPhone? Anyone with half a brain knows this will not happen. I think MacDailyNews is correct in stating that a 2007 holiday release is the most likely.

  5. I’d be happy with an iPhone divorced from Cingular service – and the extra fees. Then I could simply add that feature at a future time should I decide I wanted it. Sure, I’d still be paying more than I would for a 6G iPod, but it’s a compromise that I personally could live with.

  6. I don’t want a new phone, and I’m not buying the iPhone. I want a new iPod, and I will buy a new iPod. The iPhone has limited storage capability, is in no way, manner, shape or form a suitable substitute for what I want in a music player, and will in no way, manner, shape or form be cannabilized by my purchase of my next iPod. All that is achieved by delaying the iPod, is Apple being delayed from taking my money.
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  7. I believe that it is important to realize that you will NOT be able to buy the iPhone without an AT&T wireless service contract. So folks like me who don’t want the phone capabilities will just have to wait for the next gen iPod. (There is no Cingular reception around my home…)

  8. A few reasons not to come out with a iPhone sans phone just yet:

    1. The iPod 5.5G is probably selling just fine and Apple have no rush to replace it yet. They’ll milk the cow until they are ready to release the next version. It’s actually quite cheap and they could probably discount it another $50

    2. More people listen to music than view videos on their iPods. After the AppleTV kicks in and people start buying/importing more movies and tv-series to iTunes a Widescreen iPod will come.

    3. Apple wants to maximize the amount of people that buy the iPhone, because it will not only increase revenue but most importanty word-of-mouth. Word of mouth is an important part of Mac sales.

    I’m personally waiting for this 6G iPod too, but if it won’t come out before the IPhone i’ll end up getting the iPhone.

  9. I have a feeling that 6G iPod is almost as ground breaking as iPhone is. Many people are saying that iPod is a classic. Classic is only a step away from “been there, done that; what about something new for a change…”

    Apple tends to deliver new stuff, while Microsoft promises new stuff.
    If Apple doesn’t update the iPod, they’ll lose the mindshare.

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