Flash-based iPod minis with color screen and shuffles

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by sw1tcher, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Good news for those planning to purchase iPod minis or shuffles. Can't wait. I would love to get me a solid state iPod mini to go running and mountain biking with. I'm sure battery life would go up too since they'll be flash-based. Apple should keep the iPod minis the same size and just stick a bigger battery inside them... giving us 30 hours of music. Now that would be awesome.

    Quote from ThinkSecret:

    "Apple's popular iPod mini will pitch its hard drive and move entirely to solid state media, a move that sources familiar with the new design say will shave 20 to 25 percent off the size of the unit.

    The new iPod mini, which is currently expected to be introduced at Apple Expo Paris on September 20, will be available in three capacities: 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB. The iPod mini will sport dual NAND flash memory chips to achieve those higher capacities...

    To further the size savings, the new iPod mini will sport a color screen that's slightly smaller than the current version. Sources say the screen will measure 1.467 inches, down from 1.67 inches, but will feature a higher resolution: 176 x 132, up from 138 x 110, as Think Secret reported in February...

    Pricing is not entirely clear at this point, but sources expect the new 4GB and 6GB models will remain priced at $199 and $249, respectively, while the 8GB iPod mini will cost as much as $299. At that price the 8GB iPod mini would cost as much as a 20GB iPod, but Apple isn't worried that equivalent pricing will affect sales of the iPod mini as sales of the full-size iPods have lagged far behind iPod mini's in recent quarters."
  2. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Yeah these new minis sound AWESOME. That should really lay waste to the competition. That being said, i'm in the market for a regular iPod. My 20gb is full and I want to wait til the new generation. I'm a bit more curious about the 5G ipods because it sounds like video is still a ways off... so then how do you make it better besides a bigger HD, smaller size, and better battery?

  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...an 8GB flash-based mini with a colour screen and smaller than the current mini...yeah - I'll buy one....it'll be perfect for my "smaller" library and I'd use it for the day to day trips to and from work...oh yeah!
  4. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    I'm actually kinda suprised this is not on at least page 2. :confused:
  5. pammyspyce macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2005
    Bay Area, Calif
    Oh, I hope this rumor is true. I want a mini and 8 GB would be the perfect size. :)
  6. neon macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2004
    sounds goooood! if this is true then i'll be purchasing my fourth ipod, my third within a year...
  7. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I think it's lame that they are making the screen smaller. But 8gb! Yeh! I won't buy cause I have 40 buck right now and my 5gb. Though maybe for my mom's birthday...
  8. Ashapalan macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2005
    All good stuff,
    skip proof would definatly give them a new look. In fact that would be ace. It would be tempting to flog my shuffle and get one if they do indeed come out.
    T - 7 days.
  9. Tahko macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2005
    Magnetism rules, thus hd-based iPods are better.

    I'm still happy with my monochrome ipod mini no matte what they come up with. flash is gay and registered trademark of macromedia! :mad:

    yeah anyway
  10. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    I'll pay for the mini's if the price is the same as the current one...looking forward now...
  11. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    *fingers crossed* Credit card sized and less than 1/4" thick *fingers crossed*

    Bring it ON!!!

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