More FW800, TouchScreen iPod Rumors

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    Kodawarisan posts a rumor about iPods this week... and also mentions FW800, and a touch-LCD instead of the scroll wheel.
     
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    Has Kodawarisan ever been on point regarding rumors? I seriously doubt FW 800 will be on the ipod unless it comes with a free adapter to connect to a FW 400 port at throttled down speeds (is that even possible?)
     
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    still, a color touch screen would be sweet...
     
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    Kodawarisan had some reliable hints in its past, though many were hard to translate ;)
    but concerning the touchscreen instead of the wheel... that design comes to my mind. Can anybody say "iWalk"? :D:D:D
     
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    they've hit a couple of things... but missed an equal or greater number...

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    FW800 is backwards compatible and throwing in the adapter would most likely be a nominal cost consideration. Even though there would be very little point in terms of a speed advantage, upgrading to FW800 would give some legitimacy to the FW800 standard(and the new Powerbooks and Powermacs) if they did upgrade it.
     
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    i do not see the point of a touch screen. unless the whole front would be a screen.
     
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    I doubt very much there will be a touch sensative screen. Also, unless there is going to be a feature that requires a colour screen then I doubt we will see that as well. I can however imagine the Firewire 800 with an adapter so that the iPod is futureproof.
     
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    futureproof?

    i would love for Apple to fix the battery problem i keep hearing, first.

    then futureproof it with fw800. :)

    i would like to have the possibility to replace the batteries myself.
     
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    fw800???

    why does everyone want fw800 NOW. nobody has anything to use it with. you have to think about the people "stuck" with the g4 450s. OK?

    ;) but it would be great if they sold fw800 ipods with the adapter. maybe it would be an internal adapter . . .
     
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    is it just me, or do the 5 gigabyte iPods say nothing next to them anymore about "increased holiday demand"?
     
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    it's just you. it still says high holiday demand...

    have you been drinking?
     
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    No :)

    Actually, I am on my friend's pee cee so I can use his DSL. I have DSL at home, but that would defeat the purpose, as I am hanging out with him. And after all, he has a Athlon 250 Mhz in his machine........
     
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    melchior

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    zap123, that is my definition of pain. i feel for you. i really do.

    i advise mass, intravenous alcohol consuption. STAT
     
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    yeah, but me being 13 sorta rules that out................
     
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    luckily, i have my iPod and ibook with me, so i can retreat from the world of pcs for a little while....
     
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    The lack of FW800 on Intrepid-based machines (iMac, PowerBook 12) is strange ...

    Even if the new low power FW800 ATA bridge does show up soon, it may still have a FW400 connector until FW800 is added to the Intrepid-based machines.
     
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    I don't think we will see a FW800 iPod untill FW800 is in the iMac's,iBook's,and eMac's and the 12"PB. And a touchscreen?? that would make the iPod thicker would it not?
     
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    Babel Fish translation

    The Apple seems that this week plans the announcement of the new iPod. According to information, there is a color liquid crystal on-board model which corresponds to also FireWire 800 in the new iPod, by the fact that from the former touch sensor type scroll wheel it is modified to liquid crystal touch sensor system, design leaves it became simpler. Furthermore, we refrain also the announcement of the new iBook, it seems that everyone week continues still pleasantly


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    Re: DOA

    Judging by Apple's discounting of the LCD monitors last week... LCD film prices have dropped significantly. Also PDA manufacturers have been making small LCD's in large enough quantities and shipping in volume to corroborate this, at least in my thinking. I'm still not convinced that this rumor is true... but I think it's a cool idea. People's biggest compaint about the current touch sensor scroll wheel over the analog one that it replaced is that it doesn't give you enough feedback. I'd like to see a solid-state scroll wheel that does just that. :)
     
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    iPod disks are quite slow, 1394b not needed

    The disks used in the iPods are quite slow (about 150Mbps peak for the 20GB).

    A faster wire wouldn't improve its speed, and would just cause compatibility problems (due to the cable and connector differences).
     
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    video iPod or... iBox?

    Perhaps the new touch screen video parts are for a set top box? An iPod contraption is limited in disk size (harsh for video) and power consumption (again harsh for video). However, a compact set top box could be a showstopper with Ive at the design helm.

    A set top box does not care about power (it's plugged in) and can have a larger form factor (for those larger, full speed video hard drives). A set top box could use OS X native to do all sorts of wonderful things using Aqua on the set top box.

    Hmm, I wonder if it would play games as well, a la MS Xbox? This would be a PVR approach to the LR instead of gaming, though with gaming (Java?) capabilities. Nice.

    Also, this box could be relatively cheap (a la Xbox) and provide a trojan horse platform for OS X (or at least OS X based technologies). That would be a sweet success story for Apple. Provide some wireless connectivity via Airport [Extreme], and you have a plug-and-play Set Top Box which is easily updatable (look ma, no phone line!) via Airport in Apple homes. For non-Apple homes, I guess you're back to the [ugly] phone line situation.

    In sum, perhaps we should be looking for an Apple iBox (a la set top box) which has a deluxe video touch screen for control, FW800 for high-speed xfer, airport for high-speed PVR guide updating, OS X internals for Aqua X video and upgradability, Java for (safe) user extensibility (a la Java's original roots!) and downloads, and is relatively cheap ($500?) for a trojan horse push into the living room (more effective than a cheap iMac).

    Yummy.
     

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