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Elrond39
Aug 16, 2005, 02:48 PM
The way I see it, there are several issues that commonly come up when discussing the video- iPod (or iQuick, as I like to think about it):
- touchscreen pros and cons
- screen size
- controls

So, I think that this might be a decent solution. A remote, on which the controls are located (touch-sensitive Menu, play/pause, forward, backward, and a "Mighty Mouse" scroll-ball). The (touch-)screen could then cover the full front of the standard-size iPod. Logically, the screen could be touch, with the standard virtual scroll-wheel solution, but the remote would function just as well, which clears up the argument over whether or not a touch-screen is a plague of dirty fingers. The remote would also allow for the design to be smooth, and less cluttered than some design-ideas which have been circulating. Additional controls for screen-orientation and "hold" would be in the form of sliders.

Let me (and Apple) hear your thoughts!



the_freddinator
Aug 16, 2005, 02:53 PM
Why would you need a remote control for a 5 inch screen? It's not like you can see what's going on the screen from more than an armslength away. A 'iQuick' remote would just be one more thing to lose in the couch for me.

Elrond39
Aug 16, 2005, 02:56 PM
Why would you need a remote control for a 5 inch screen? It's not like you can see what's going on the screen from more than an armslength away. A 'iQuick' remote would just be one more thing to lose in the couch for me.

guess that's true.......... but on the go it might be more useful than a bunch of cramped little buttons all over the unit.

the_freddinator
Aug 16, 2005, 03:00 PM
How about this. if a touch-screen is possible as you say it is, why not make it so that when you touch the screen, controls fade on to the actual screen (just some simple ipod control (play-pause/menu/choose/left/right). Because if it is touch screen, you don't need the buttons all over the place. (ie. why use a mouse w/ a touchscreen comp?) A hold button on top (as usual) w/ a headphone jack. other than that, everything could be touch-controlled.

Elrond39
Aug 16, 2005, 03:02 PM
How about this. if a touch-screen is possible as you say it is, why not make it so that when you touch the screen, controls fade on to the actual screen (just some simple ipod control (play-pause/menu/choose/left/right). Because if it is touch screen, you don't need the buttons all over the place. (ie. why use a mouse w/ a touchscreen comp?) A hold button on top (as usual) w/ a headphone jack. other than that, everything could be touch-controlled.

that's exactly what I think, but the added remote-controls could be made available for people who fear dirty fingers all over their screens (I don't consider myself one of these people, per se).

the_freddinator
Aug 16, 2005, 03:05 PM
Eh, if people were to be crazy enough to fear dirty fingers on their iPods, then they should buy the remote seperate. I'm pretty sure Apple would NOT give one to you for free. They don't even give you a dock or firewire cable w/ iPods anymore!

Elrond39
Aug 16, 2005, 03:10 PM
Eh, if people were to be crazy enough to fear dirty fingers on their iPods, then they should buy the remote seperate. I'm pretty sure Apple would NOT give one to you for free. They don't even give you a dock or firewire cable w/ iPods anymore!

Too true. Let the record show that this is now considered a SEPARATE OPTION. Now let's see if anybody else is interested.