Click wheel vs. touch screen

Discussion in 'iPod' started by drugs!, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    If the new revisions do infact still utilize the click wheel, will you be bummed?

    I think i'll go with yes
  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Hmm....I'm hoping touch would really make the iPod something new. Click Wheel is great, but the touch screen opens up a lot more things that the iPod can do.

    But then that leaves games, and how and if they would work on the new iPod.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    I won't be disappointed, I like the clickwheel as well as a touch screen.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2004
    i dont see how apple could put in a touch screen and provide tactile feedback at the same time...i love the click wheel for that reason. maybe they could make part of the touch screen rougher so you can know when youre touching the wheel and it would be clear at the same time for viewing movies full screen. i just hope they come up with something to please everyone.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    Personally I want touchscreen and bigger screen, already got a small size iPod Nano which has touchwheel and to be honest as easy as it is to use, I prefer a simple button approach
  6. macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2007
    Near Aspen
    Personally I could live with either design. It'd be nice to have a nice large widescreen to watch movies on. Yet, I leave my iPod on my belt alot of the time and therefore depend on the tactile feedback that only a physical click-wheel can provide. All in all, I suppose that I value a large screen over being able to operate the iPod without looking at it.
  7. macrumors 603

    Dec 11, 2006
    I really hope it still has the click wheel. I want a 120GB one with the same main design as the 5.5G, with a FM/AM radio, and an updated UI. Coverflow would work fine on the current screen and would look nice. They could also increase the resolution of the screen to make the GUI even prettier.

    I don't really use my current 5G for movies because the battery life for video is ****. Unless they can make it have at least 10 hours of real-world video playback, I don't care about video.

    I like being able to operate the click wheel easily without looking at it. Plus the click wheel is now iconic of an iPod.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    honestly, i need some real innovation in order to justify buying a new ipod. Currently im on 30 gb 3rd gen (predating the click wheel) and although the space is lacking, the only way im going to shell out 350-400 is for some real breakthrough hardware. As cool as those gui vids looked, i dont think it would make the purchase worthwhile for me.
  9. macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    I'd love a multitouch iPod, I never use it in my pocket so much, and tend to look at it a lot when using it. Multitouch would be great, and a camera, and wifi too... doubt it. The click wheel is great, but it has been surpassed. Also, whoever though of the touchscreen click wheel, not pointing fingers, but why would one use a fraction of the whole screen just for old times sake?
  10. macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2005
    La Crosse, WI
    If the next iPod has a click wheel and the same price, I will be incredibly disappointed. I'm holding out for a touchscreen iPod otherwise I'll just get a 5G or 5.5G.
  11. macrumors member


    Jan 19, 2007
    the touchscreen is way better since u can actually see what u r doing
    with a clickwheel, the sensitivity changes as it gets older

  12. macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2005
    I want the form factor of a 5.5g ipod on one side, and then whammo, flip it over, and there is your wide screen multi-touch ipod video on the other side :D
  13. macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I don't think I'll be getting the next iPod, I think that I can live with my iPhone alone. But both the click wheel and the touch screen have their pros and cons. A touch screen iPod would be cool, but then like the iPhone you have to look at it to operate it. You loose the ability to use it in your pocket. I think that a combination of the click wheel and the touch screen would be cool if Apple could pull it off.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2006
    I'll be kinda bummed if it's a touch screen. I use my iPod in my pocket and like to use it while not looking at it, usually when I'm busy with other things.

    If its a touch screen, I sure to god hope for an option between regular touch and then a virtual click wheel-type thing.
  15. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2007
    touchscreen and clickwheel ? i dont think so. one or another. if have touchscreen why clickwheel ? you steel need to look to it to do anything.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    i think the videos confirmed it'll be clickwheel...whether a touchscreen clickwheel which was patented ages ago is another question
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    its been confirmed that video is for the NANO, so hopefuly we see a touchscreen ipod

    maybe they will be releasing just the new nano on aug 7th
  18. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    uh source on that confirmation?
  19. macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2005
    Your user name?
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    not a "confirmation" but its been said on other threads that it is very very likely
  21. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007

    guy, you apparently are a fan of dane cook. What are you trying to say?
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2005
    I only want an iPod if it's video - that's my main attraction, for commuting + flights. If Apple falls down in that department, I might even (shudder!) consider a PSP. Paying $599 for an iPhone, unlocking it less the phone capacity, and still only having 8GB of memory is not what I want.

    Brainstorm: couldn't they just put the click-wheel on the back? If everybody's so big on "it's tactile, you do it by touch," wouldn't it then be irrelevant if it's on the front or the back? Recess it a little so you don't bump it.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007

    The whole "i want a clickwheel so i can use it without looking" could be solved by a simple controller that would be standard on all headphones. play/puase, FF, RW, Stop, thats all you need.
  24. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    having a click wheel and a touch screen is redundant. You can do what the other dude said or have simple touch actions that can be placed anywhere on the screen that would execute a function.... ex. one tap of the screen = skip to the next track
  25. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    yes! or even giving the corners a desirable function to play, FF, RW or w/e you need to do

    but as i said i thing this is easiest to solve with a controller on the headphones, it even resists you from digging into your pocket or takign it out of a case or whatnot.

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