“The [2G] iPod touch offers interesting technology improvements,” Gregory A. Quirk reports for EETimes.
“We identified two significant component changes in the iPod touch. First is the manufacturer of the NAND Flash memory. The 8-GB iPod touch contains Micron NAND Flash. The previous touch had memory supplied by Samsung and the iPhone 3G uses Toshiba,” Quirk reports.
“The second change, and more significant, was the inclusion of the Broadcom BCM4325. This is a low-power 802.11 a/b/g with Bluetooth 2.1 + enhanced data rate (EDR) and an FM receiver. This device provides the wireless connectivity to access Web sites, iTunes and apps store, and communicate with accessories like the Nike+ iPod Sensor (which does not need the Sports Kit when used with the second-generation iPod touch),” Quirk reports.
“Interestingly, Apple has not indicated that the iPod touch even had Bluetooth functionality. And though the Broadcom device has the capability, there are not, as yet, any applications to take advantage of this feature,” Quirk reports.
“So has Apple tipped its hand about new features for the iPod touch? There are many applications that could easily be added to the player with only a slight change to the firmware code,” Quirk reports. “Considering the ability to connect wirelessly to the Internet, Apple could introduce VoIP capabilities with a Bluetooth headset, or even just add Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones for listening to music.”
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