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Apple's iPod roadmap said to list three new models for '07

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Apple is planning to launch three new iPod designs next year, it has been claimed. The new models include the long-awaited widescreen video-centric iPod and possibly a recently rumoured 16GB Flash-based video player.

According to AppleInsider, citing a source with a handle on what Apple's up to, indicated the widescreen iPod may yet replace the current fifth-generation iPod. Much will depend on how buyers react to Apple's upcoming set-top box, codenamed 'iTV', and to the iTunes Movie Store as more content from film studios becomes available. If the reaction isn't positive, it's suggested, the widescreen iPod may not come to market in 2007 at all.

The report contains no details of the other two iPods alleged to be on Apple's roadmap, though just recently one Wall Street analyst indicated a 16GB Flash-based video-capable iPod was on the cards.

Apple's near-term release schedule is expected to focus on iTV, an updated Mac Pro, Mac OS X 10.5 and the eagerly anticipated iPhone. Having only recently updated the iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, Apple is unlikely to tinker with the line in the immediate future, though tweaks may come early next year as the company responds to demand over the Christmas period. ®

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