NEW iPod features you would like to see

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by macOSX-tastic, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    hi all,

    dunno whether or not this has been posted already, but what would you like to see in future ipods/minis/shuffles/photos?

    i would like to see something like the flurry screensaver or itunes artwork screensaver, for use as visualisations....haha fat chance....probably reduce the battery life to 5 minutes.....enough for 1 song! :D

  2. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I've always wanted to see an AM/FM radio in my iPod.

    I would never use the features, and don't know how useful they'd be, but I would like to see:
    - Bluetooth
    - 802.11b/g
    - VGA out (lol :rolleyes: )
    - voice recording
  3. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway

    None! None whatsoever! Let the iPod be the player it is and add extra features with clip-ons and other add-ons. Why should all of us wanting a music player pay for all that other c*ap, not to mention increased R&D costs... :mad:
  5. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    some sort of wireless connectivity that will allow your iPod to play Airtunes though your Airport Express, thats all i want, and then i would have to get an express
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2004
    Honestly? With my iPod shuffle now I've almost totally rethought everything I thought I wanted in a future iPod - I don't need any of it, and too much of it branches into an Apple harddrive PDA.
    However, a few simple things:
    1) Let iPods update smart playlists. So, for example, my "Just Played" playlist should include songs I've played on the iPod.
    2) Let iPod photos download direct from a camera, and be able to take photos off of them and into iPhoto. Or better yet, build a camera into them!
    3) Well I would love to watch video on airplane flights... but other than that I'd never use it UNLESS it could be plugged into a TV ala the photo. That's about the only thing that could convince me to upgrade my current iPod family.
  7. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    Easy integration with existing car radios, don't want to buy a new mercedes if i don't need too - also AM/FM radio, come on people still listen to sports, sports talk and news live.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I want the photo capabilities to be expanded. I'm not saying I want to be able to reduce red-eye and rotate photos on my iPod, but I would like to be able to download from a memory card at a reasonable rate (all accounts say the Belkin solutions are slower than USB 1) and--ideally-- view photos directly without having to upload to a computer first. So, either help a 3rd party to develop a faster connection for a card reader and/or allow me to hook my camera up to the dock connector and offload pictures at USB 2 speeds.

    On a related note, this looks interesting . I hope Apple doesn't let others get ahead of them.
  10. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    wi-fi so they will work with my airport express
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Santa Rosa, CA, USA
    I think the normal iPods already do this, but the shuffle does not have a clock, so it can't.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2004
    Lol, no I understand this, my bit about how my shuffle has changed the features I want was unrelated to that - I was referring to the iPods with a screen, and I know my 3G doesn't do that.
  13. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC

    I want to be able to walk into a place (i.e. my house) and stream music from my iPod to my Airport Express. I want to be able to walk around with it in my pocket, free to change songs, volume, etc. wherever I am.
  14. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    802.11g consumes too much power. Bluetooth 2.0 would be the ideal wireless protocol.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004

    I'd like Belkin or preferably Targus to make a thumb keyboard and Apple to contribute by allowing you to add PIM data using said keyboard. I want to throw away my Palm and have an excuse to spend the money on an iPod!
  16. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    I would really like Apple to add a bottle-cap opener (and corkscrew) to the iPod. You wouldn't believe how many times I'm at a party and would love to pull my iPod out of my pocket and pop the top on my beer. :D
  17. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    iPod with 5 mini XLR connectors so I can record surround sound in glorious 5.1 in 192Khz 24-bit audio.
  18. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    what is the range of BT 2.0? that may be the deciding factor, not to mention that the Airport Express would have to be updated to support BT, that would tick a lot of people off, they could make it 802.11b compatible, that shouldnt drain as much power, but provide a large enough range, its the compromise, also, i dont know if BT would have enough bandwith to stream the songs well enough
  19. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    BT - synch all but music and photos, and for wireless headphones
    USB reading of cameras and immediate display of images
    Line in/out/s-pdif
    oled screens
    backlit controls
    full metal shell...
    FM radio I guess...
    iPod@home - real portable HDD tech as leaked last year.

    and later on
    play avi's, mpeg and mov...perhaps one day
    touchscreen PDA instead of wheel...wheel is virtual
    W-CDMA/GPRS phone ;)
  20. macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2003
    Long Beach, California
    Mmmm, sounds good. That iDate thing in MacAddict a few years ago would be cool too (sorry, no link for non MacAddict readers).
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Built in line-level out would be nice for DJs that use iPods. Built in card reader for iPod Photo. Ability to zoom in on pics for iPod photo. Thats about it.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Battery Life

    Hard to believe nobody has touched on batteries. My 9 month old 3 G gets 4 hours if I'm really lucky -- and that's listening to the same audiobook! I know the 4G is allegedly better (advertised for 12 so maybe it gets 6 :p ), but I'd like to see real-- not advertised-- double digit hours of battery life and a little easier time replacing the battery. (I have my eye on the "extended batteries" out there for $30 with a tool to pry it open :eek:).
  23. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    I would like to see
    -car intergrated with a 2004 ES 330 with the nav and mark lension audio package
    - better battey life
    - to be able to control airtunes using the ipod
    -able to sync with computer over bluetooth or 802.11 b/g
  24. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Yeah battery life by way of better polymer batteries IIRC... :eek:
  25. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Oh, and in addition...

    BT control of iTunes on my Mac from my iPod, with the whole of the iTunes men u structure appearing on my iPod when in range, so I have a full wireless remote with screen :)

    And BT security option, so that when my iPod goes out of range of my PB it immeditaely goes to screen saver with a password, irrespective of other security cool would that a little beep or piece of music to confirm to me connection has been lost from my ipod ;) Plus auto reconnect and no password when in range so I dont need to stuff around with passwords to get into my PB when I have m y iPod handy AND a different piece of music confirming connection - different music to advise PB was access when I was away.... :D

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