Apple to announce HDD-less iPods tomorrow?
Web talks up what it thinks Jobs will say
Apple will tomorrow unveil revamped iPods - the first without a hard drive - and iPod Nanos at an event to be held tomorrow, if the leaks and rumours of the last few weeks prove accurate.
Observers are expecting Apple to take the wraps off a new iPod with a design derived not from past versions of the player but from the iPhone. It appears to be the long-awaited widescreen video-centric iPod, with a big display, touchscreen control, Wi-Fi connectivity and Flash storage in place of a hard drive - as predicted in February this year.
Quite what that will do the player's storage capacity remains unclear at this stage. Certainly, even 32GB of Flash will cost rather more than a 30GB hard drive, for all Apple's billion-dollar deals with Flash suppliers.
It has also been claimed the new models will be powered by Mac OS X rather than the iPod's original, standalone operating system, and if the new iPod does indeed boast an iPhone-like user interface - as well as the handset's physical looks - that seems a certainty.
Indeed, we suspect many of the rumours surrounding the so-called 'iPhone Nano' actually point to this revampled iPod.
Alongside the new iPod, Apple will show off the third generation of its iPod Nano family, it has been claimed. This is expected to look like the current Nano, but stretched horizontally to accommodate a widescreen display for the video playback functionality also being added to the player. It shouldn't be so wide, however, that it doesn't fit in Apple's 'universal' dock, we trust.
Asian industry moles have also claimed Apple will update the iPod Shuffle, primarily by upping the screenless clip-on player's storage capacity while keeping the price where it is.
Apple's rivals certainly appear to be expecting such a move, having already announced products to go head-to-head with the widescreen, video-playing Nano that, it's claimed, will be unveiled tomorrow in California.
Creative last week took the wraps off its Flash-based compact media player, named simply the Zen, while fellow Apple rival Archos began selling its Archos 105, a device in the same category.
re: Well, I guess there's an IT angle...
Well, I use a Zen Vision:M, and I must say I'm very happy with it. It's Open-standard compatible somewhat (if you use gnomad2 to get around the MTP thing - I haven't tried because I sync my zen with WiMP on my MCPC). And it plays MP3s and DivX videos.
Whats not standard? The iPod (and even the Zune, zen etc) play the very standard Mp3 format... Only the syncing software is proprietary, and that's still free. And i'm fairly certain my iPod (or my Zen) is easier to use, holds more and it's battery lasts longer than just about any $50 player.
Come join the rest of the world. We have cookies (and better media players).
Well, I guess there's an IT angle...
But other than that, who cares?
iPod, Zune, any other proprietary, over-hyped, over-priced crap out there?
I'm quite happy with my $50 mp3 player, and my NHJ PMP (and bugger the execs who shut down NHJ). Open standards (or at least *standards*) are the way to go.
Jobs pumps the fanbois again....
Take it baby, take it!
Close, but no cigar
You're almost right.
Tomorrows annoucment will be at least 2 things.
1. An iPhone styled iPod as described above but WITH a hdd not flash.
2. The much rumoured iPod nano with flash.