RUMOR: Next-gen carbon fiber iPods to feature WiFi syncing

“Steve Jobs is keen to bring wireless syncing to iPods this year, and carbon fiber may be the key,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac.

“Following the news that Apple has just hired a leading carbon fiber expert, we can reveal that the company has been testing Wi-Fi syncing in iPods for the past two years,” Kahney reports. “‘Jobs is pushing hard to get WiFi syncing into the next-generation of iPods,’ says our source.”

Kahney reports, “There are lots of issues, however, with syncing over the air rather than the current method: a USB cable. Apple’s engineers have been having trouble with reliability, signal strength, case design and battery life, our source says. ‘They’ve tried multiple different body designs and materials to get it to work well but it’s been slow going,’ says our source. ‘They have however found many improvements using a carbon fiber design.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

    1. But those are shorter bursts of Wi-Fi connectivity, and can handle interruptions more easily. Syncing itself has far more issues than most people imagine, now throw in wireless syncing. Do you really want your backup to be missing important data? The problem is most likely making wireless syncing work taking into account all of the crappy WiFi routers people have, because if it doesn’t work well, people will blame Apple, and not Linksys, D-Link, Belkin, etc.

  1. sync is nice…..carbon fiber is cool….sign me up…besides I am about to dump the iPhone for a new iTouch…I am going to try it as an experiment. As Steve said….the iTouch is the iPhone without the contract.

    1. I already have an iPod touch just for that reason. A phone without a monthly contract. Slapped Line2 on the device and it works perfectly, as long as I’m in a wi-fi area.

  2. I just don’t get it. If the GoodReader app can sync wirelessly with iDisk or dropbox, how hard should it be for iTunes to do the same thing? And over a local network, too, not even the Internet. Anyone? Why should this be so hard?

  3. This is a little strange because, AFAIK, one cannot mass produce carbon fiber shells (the car industry would LOVE to be able to do this). Carbon fiber must be hand crafted. Of course, it’s possible that they’ve come up with a way to do that. But unless carbon fiber shells can be mass produced, this is a no go…

  4. Why would there be reliability issues? I used to sync up folders between different computers between floors of my house and I never had any problems that I noticed. I thought that, in general, WiFi was very reliable. I’d do a first time iPod fill using a cable, but for every other iTunes update, I’d just use WiFi.

  5. I don’t get what the issue would be either.

    My android phone syncs over wireless, always has. I don’t even have to plug the thing into a computer… ever.. for anything… (well beyond maybe rooting the device 🙂

  6. I agree with Homer. CF is not very attractive unless you like heringbone patterns. Maybe they can put a finish on it and give me a product that is better looking than the iPod Mini that they have linked in the article. I certainly hope that Apple hiring a composites engineer has more to do with the Liquid Metal deal than with moving towards carbon fiber frames. I mean, who is to say that composites necessarily have to be limited to carbon fiber. Sure, the Boeing Dreamliner is created with the stuff, but this is on a much larger scale.

  7. WiFi synching would be cool but the battery life is a significant issue. Given that you can stream video via wifi on a iPhone then transferring 100MB of data could be okay. It typically takes ~0.5-1 sec to transfer 1MB on WiFi using a base station and a Mac with N connectivity.

    To be honest I would be happy with a WiFi dock station that automatically syncs when you put it on the charger.

  8. Maybe for the iPod touch and iPhone… because they already have reliable WiFi in their design. There’s no need to use “carbon fiber.”

    What other “iPods” are we talking about here? iPod classic is not going to get retrofitted with WiFi; I think it will continue on mostly “as is” with whatever new thin-profile 1.8-inch hard drive Toshiba offers. iPod shuffle is certainly NOT going to get WiFi; it’s the tiny $49 iPod that doesn’t even have a screen. iPod nano is now designed to be VERY small and music-focused; I might have believed the previous nano would get WiFi as the next step, but not the current “re-boot” design.

    The benefit of adding WiFi to an iPod only makes sense if there was a “real” purpose for the WiFi, not just to use it for “syncing.” Adding expense and volume from WiFi-related parts, antenna, and larger battery, only to use the capability for syncing, make no sense. In fact, I usually only sync my iPhone about once a week, at most. The one iPod where having WiFi makes sense already has WiFi; if Apple want’s to make it (and iPhone) to sync wirelessly, just add software to make it happen.

    Maybe there’s a NEW “iPod mini” to match the rumored “cheaper” and smaller iPhone… 🙂 It would use the 2.0 version of the touch-based OS that runs on current iPod nano, and have the capability to use WiFi for Internet functions.

    I think Apple has resisted using WiFi to sync because users have to connect the device to recharge it. So it makes sense to sync it as part of recharging it. Using WiFi to sync up to several GBs of data would only drain the battery faster, requiring the user to connect it to recharge at the same time.

  9. I am not one who looks at Apple products and thinks they are missing features or function but I really do want wireless sync. Wireless sync means I can keep my iPod touch in the car and never bring it inside.

  10. 64 GB sync over WiFi? Every time I just happen to come I’m the range of my network?

    No thank you, it will either bring my network down or it will take for ages.

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