4th generation iPod Shuffle explains 3rd generation

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  1. dbonneville macrumors newbie

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    The next iPod Shuffle will explain the strange UI controls of the 3rd. Well, it could be the 5th, but certainly this is where it's going...for GOOD REASON. Very, very good reason...

    drum roll...

    4th or 5th generation iPod will not have a body!

    The whole thing will be contained inline in the audio wire! As things shrink, soon there will be no need at all for a little metal body. There will be a control, as now, dangling out of one ear, and the body (memory, battery) hanging out the other, balanced nicely.

    I would think 3rd party manufacturers could sell earbuds as a pair, that simply terminate in separate 1/8th in. jacks that connect directly to the little "bumps" that will be hanging from each ear (controller on right ear, memory or battery or something on left ear. Earbuds would be sold like 2 disconnected earbuds with about 8 inches of audio jack terminating at 1/8th in jacks.

    To charge, you disconnect one of the earbuds to receive the mail 1/8th in. Mac charger cable, which then connects via USB, like the new Shuffle does right now.

    Makes perfect sense. How can this not be a 4th or 5th version?

    No need for clip, no need for controls anywhere but the audio cable as they have it now.

    Prediction: at the mid point of the audio cable connecting the controller and the memory / batter, will be a dime-sized apple logo, on a square, about 1/3 of an inch. You'll be able to get that in a few colors. The battery could be in that part

    So it goes like this, if you laid in on the table:

    <ear bud>---<control>---<logo-battery?>---<memory>---<ear bud>

    This will happen, it's just a matter of time.

    Doug
    freelance graphic design @ www.bonfx.com
     
  2. bori macrumors member

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    So you're saying it's going to turn into an iPod rope-type-thing? :confused:
     
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    At some point its just going to be an earbud piece.
     
  4. dbonneville thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't think it will be an ear bud because there are too many kinds of ears, and too many applications for just Apple to mess with. I think a "rope" form factor is next, which is why we have this transition from controls on the unit to controls "on the rope"

    iPod String
    iPod Rope
    iPod Lanyard
    iPod Thread
    iPod Spindle :)

    It doesn't take much thought to see that it's going that way. They could probably make this now with custom batteries. Put a little tube-shaped lithium in the canal on two sides, or in the logo that dangles from the center.
     
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Even apple PR couldnt make that a sexy lineup.....
     
  6. hobbbz macrumors 6502a

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    I was just thinking this the other day.

    I'm all for it.
     
  7. dbonneville thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iPod Air

    or maybe just iPod Shuffle...

    If there was a place to bet futures on this, I'd put a few bucks on it today :)
     
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    haha
     

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