iPod with Color Display and Bluetooth?

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DAPreview.net reports on what initially seems to be an incidental finding... in which Apple changed the name of the iPod Photo User Guide PDF from "iPod_photoUserGuide" to "iPod_with_color_display_User's_Guide".

This distinction is not a new naming convention and is listed in Apple's "Identifying Different iPod Models" support document as an alternative name for the iPod Photo - "also known as iPod with color display".

However, we have indeed heard reports that Apple's iPod line will advance in the future, phasing out the iPod Photo designation by trickling down color displays in the core lineup of iPods. Also reported has been rumors that Bluetooth and Rendezvous (now Bonjour) enabled iPods have been making the testing rounds.

Bluetooth enabled iPods have been hinted at for some time now.
 

Spock

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How much bulk will bluetooth and a color screen add to the current iPod?? The iPod photo is already huge.
 

sobedragonfire

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iPods with flying colors

Lets hope that they'll announce them by the end of the year. I'm just waiting for the 5G iPod before I get my first one.
 

nsjoker

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sobedragonfire said:
Lets hope that they'll announce them by the end of the year. I'm just waiting for the 5G iPod before I get my first one.
wow and i thought everyone had an ipod.
 

brandon6684

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I don't think dropping the "photo" part of the name is that big of a surprise. With the next revisions, I would expect the entire big iPod line to have color screens. The thing I don't see as viable is the Bluetooth. You certainly can't sync your library over BT. The only viable thing I see with BT might be syncing calender, address book and Notes.
 

clayj

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I'm concerned that, as with many other Bluetooth-enabled devices, iPods equipped with Bluetooth will be susceptible to hacking by folks with Bluetooth-equipped laptops and special software, a la Paris Hilton's, Fred Durst's, and Vida Guerra's cellphones. I'd hate for someone to delete files from, add files to (can you imagine if they transferred embarassing or illegal porn to your iPod?), or even know what's on my iPod.

Don't tell me it can't happen.
 

PlaceofDis

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BT? meh, i dont see what advantage this will have really....i would rather see iPods gain some sort of connectivity to the Airport Express base stations
 

Marsh451

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What cha gonna do with it?

No matter how decked out we want our gadgets to be... why fill 'em up with extra features when they are already working great! I'm in no rush to be able to transfer at the blazing speed of bluetooth. Color screens are definitley a plus, they bring new life to an iPod, but I have faith in Apple to keep their products elite in design and functionality and to not pack them full of nerd gear.
 

Lacero

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Time to consolidate the lines. There's just too many damn iPod models, it even confuses the hell out of me!
 

Stella

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clayjohanson said:
I'm concerned that, as with many other Bluetooth-enabled devices, iPods equipped with Bluetooth will be susceptible to hacking by folks with Bluetooth-equipped laptops and special software, a la Paris Hilton's, Fred Durst's, and Vida Guerra's cellphones. I'd hate for someone to delete files from, add files to (can you imagine if they transferred embarassing or illegal porn to your iPod?), or even know what's on my iPod.

Don't tell me it can't happen.
Simple, you just make your iPod BT invisible and allow only paired connections.

Problem solved.
 

WannabeSQ

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Color screens are a natural progression, now that the photo line has come way down in price. Even color iPod Minis wouldn't be too outta line at the next update.

I would love bluetooth for headphones. I use a bluetooth headset for my cell phone, and it is great. Perhaps bluetooth 2.0 will be more useful for high bandwidth stereo audio. iCombi already makes an iPod add on bluetooth adapter with some headphones. I'd love to be able to have wireless headphones, which also interface with my cell phone, muting or pausing my iPod while I take a call. I HATE wires hanging off of my body, they inevitably get tangled, or hooked on something. I know if apple does it, it will be done right.
 

Stella

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Marsh451 said:
No matter how decked out we want our gadgets to be... why fill 'em up with extra features when they are already working great! I'm in no rush to be able to transfer at the blazing speed of bluetooth. Color screens are definitley a plus, they bring new life to an iPod, but I have faith in Apple to keep their products elite in design and functionality and to not pack them full of nerd gear.
lol, at the moment BT is quite slow.. you'd only use it for listening to music ( BT is fast enough to stream in stereo ) to your BT headset or speaker ( if in a car for example)

You would NOT use BT to transfer music!
 

LaMerVipere

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Interesting. But I think the iPod is fine as is, just drop the iPod 20GB, lower the price of the iPod photo & drop the 'photo' from the name, include an 80GB model, and start including a firewire cord again! :mad:
 

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paulypants said:
Bring 'em on...after Dual 3Ghz Dual Core G5s with PCI Express and 533Mhz DDR RAM. ;)

Amen brother. I've been waiting about two or three months for Apple to do something with their desktops so I can replace my aging Powermac.

They just keep coming with the iPod which is great and all but come on throw us a fish will ya'?

Lately Apple is an iPod company that sells computers on the side. :(
 

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Good timing!!

My 15g is almost full, I want color, but I was waiting for a new feature first!

It would be nice if they offer a cupon for an apple Bluetooth module at the same time. I didn't buy Bluetooth with my G5.
 

dongmin

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Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR can do 3 Mbps which should be good enough for CD-quality audio.

Potential uses for Bluetooth:

1. No more FM transmitters hooray!!! Moto (and others) will release Bluetooth enabled car stereos. I think some cars already have them (like the Acura TL).

2. Wireless headphones.

3. Remote control your Mac (iTunes, DVD player, QT, etc.) with your iPod a la Salling's Clicker. Your ipod will become the ultimate remote control.

4. OK this is a bit more far-fetched, but if Apple or TiVo ever came out with a bluetooth-enabled media box connected to your TV and stereo, you'd be able to stream digital photos to your TV and music to your home stereo, all directly from your iPod. No need to mess with docking stations or cables.

I was thinking that Apple would introduce an dock-connector add-on to bring BT to the iPod but I guess BT is one way to differentiate the more expensive models.
 

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clayjohanson said:
I'm concerned that, as with many other Bluetooth-enabled devices, iPods equipped with Bluetooth will be susceptible to hacking by folks with Bluetooth-equipped laptops and special software, a la Paris Hilton's, Fred Durst's, and Vida Guerra's cellphones. I'd hate for someone to delete files from, add files to (can you imagine if they transferred embarassing or illegal porn to your iPod?), or even know what's on my iPod.

Don't tell me it can't happen.
I thought someone guessed Paris Hilton's password (dog's name) and the movie was stolen off of Durst's desktop (by the cable guy), not sure about Guerra. Someone hacking my ipod is not likely, don't think anyone much cares.

I do hope a new bluetooth color ipod screen is larger and includes air tunes support.