Roundup: Top 5 Predictions For The New iPods

Sep 4th, 2007 | By | Category: General, iPods & Portable Media Players

There’s a lot of speculation about what’s coming tomorrow from Apple. It certain that new iPods on the plate, but beyond that, sites are¬†taking educated guesses (aka, making stuff up).

Here are the top 5¬†new iPod predictions we’ve seen:

Radio iPods – this is the least interesting of the predictions. The new iPods will be able to receive digital radio, and will include a ‘buy-now’ function to allow the user to download and buy tracks as they are being played. vnunet

Touchscreen iPod – Apple will introduce an iPod that borrows the touchscreen interface from the iPhone, but leaves off the phone features. Think Secret.

Enterprise iPhone – Apple might start making enterprise-class iPhones or incorporate more enterprise-friendly features into existing models. Gartner

iPod shuffle with screen – The shuffle is getting competition at the low end from players with tiny screens. ITWire

iPhone nano – a cheaper, smaller version of the smartphone killer. Bloggingstocks

Safer predictions include a 16GB nano.

Here’s what we’d like to see…..

  • Entry-level iPhone – The iPhone is doing well, but clearly not as well as Apple had hoped. (Remember the availability checker at the Apple site?) The $500 sticker price is keeping hoards away, and limiting the development of the iPhone platform.
  • More useful WiFi features for the iPhone and for iPods, too. This may require breaking a few laws of physics, or at least some energy-saving magic, but we’d like an iPod/iPhone that syncs directly to the Internet when it can. It would be nice to be able to browse and discover new podcasts via the iPod/iPhone, too.
  • An iPhone keyboard accessory – is it too much to ask? The iPhone could¬†work as a desktop replacement with the addition of a decent keyboard.
  • Media authoring features – Apple’s missing an opportunity to turn iPods & iPhones into content creation platforms. User-generated media is the rage, but everytime Griffin or Belkin intros an iPod microphone, Apple changes the iPod design. Why can’t you record a podcast with your iPod and iPhone, and sync it to the Internet?

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  1. Podcastmama says:

    I would like to see an iPhone that can display webpages that have Flash.

    Another feature that would be really nice would be the ability to aggregate/synchronize multiple calendars from iCal (or some other application). So my colleague Info could stay abreast of my schedule and those of all the little podcasters at the Podcasting News corporate headquarters.

  2. caroline says:

    i think the next ipod should be the size of the mini but a little skinner and the front should be the same but the back in sted of there being nothing back there make a screen so movies can be watched in the back and music in the front

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