OSX Based iPods In August?

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DigiTimes claims that Wintek has been given the contract award for producing the the panels of Apples upcoming iPod refresh, which DigiTimes notes will be in August. The touch screens will reportedly be similar to the iPhone's touch screen.

Steve Jobs made comments during a town hall meeting of Apple Employees that the Mac OS X group was working on unreleased iPods as well as the desktop OS and iPhone OS. Analyst Gene Munster recently chimed in, stating he believed that the updated iPods would come by Macworld 2008.

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Poff

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I'm guessing it's too early.. If they released it now, it would cannibalize the iPhone sales. (or, it would have to not incorporate stuff like notes, web-browsing and stuff. Just be a plain iPod. But why produce such an expensive iPod if nothing is gained apart from CoverFlow?

On second hand - I'm just plain stupid. You've got the huge screen for videos - that's enough for me wanting one. :)
 

Aniej

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thus bringing the tally to 200,000,000 iPods v. 1,000,012 zunes.
 

roland.g

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2 scenarios:

1. iPhone only through xmas so that it is the hot holiday gift. Then new iPods at MWSF 08.

2. new iPods in either September or November in time for xmas.
 

bommai

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Lots of rumors recently without any basis. JP Morgan retracted the iPhone nano claim yesterday. I am sure Apple is working on new iPods - that is expected. But, no one knows when it will be out.
 

GreasyWeasel

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Bringing out a 120GB wide touch screen iPod now would not stop me wanting to get an iPhone once they release over here, it would just make me a happy man now.
 

mickeymikey

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August makes much more sense. The Macworld rumor just doesn't fit Apple's MO of carpet bombing consumer gear for XMAS.
 

P-Worm

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I think it is in Apple's best interest to make a new iPod before Christmas that doesn't have a monthly fee attached to it. I would love a new iPod that is geared around playing videos rather than just music. Give me a large screen. I don't think they need to include internet access either, although that would be nice.

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iBeard

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I have a theory that the "iPhone Nano" everyone is talking about is actually the 6th Gen iPod. This would help back that up if the new iPod has touch screen and runs OS X.
 

zombitronic

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But why produce such an expensive iPod if nothing is gained apart from CoverFlow?
I'm not sure that it would be that expensive, at least not any more than the current top-of-the-line iPod. When Apple creates a better version of a product of theirs, gen-X usually becomes unavailable through Apple, while gen-Y takes its place and price. I would assume that gen-6 of the iPods, if only an iPod, will follow this same pattern.
 

lorien

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:):):) Can't wait either! I've only been waiting 3 years for this baby, so a few more months won't hurt. I agree it might canabalize the iPhone somewhat, but at the same time at the current bleeding iPhone price point :apple: has to be missing out on a large potential market.
 

Matteh117

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2 scenarios:

1. iPhone only through xmas so that it is the hot holiday gift. Then new iPods at MWSF 08.

2. new iPods in either September or November in time for xmas.
2, pleaaaaaase 2.

It would make sense for them to release before christmas. It's not like it's an iPhone competitor (that's the right word, right?).. it doesn't have a phone (or WIFI?).

Remove the clickwheel and add multitouch... winner.
 

zorinlynx

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I'm guessing it's too early.. If they released it now, it would cannibalize the iPhone sales. (or, it would have to not incorporate stuff like notes, web-browsing and stuff. Just be a plain iPod. But why produce such an expensive iPod if nothing is gained apart from CoverFlow?

On second hand - I'm just plain stupid. You've got the huge screen for videos - that's enough for me wanting one. :)
I don't believe it would cannibalize iPhone sales; rather it would generate more sales from people who:

1) Want a new touch screen iPod,
2) Are happy with their current phone and don't want to change.

That fits this Treo 650 user to a tee, so by releasing such a device, they'd gain a sale they otherwise wouldn't have gotten.

I'm sure many folks are in my category.
 

Thataboy

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If Apple releases a touchscreen iPod, I don't see it including WiFi. A WiFi touchscreen iPod would obliterate sales of the iPhone.

I think they will say "WiFi is an unnecessary battery drain" and say they are positionining it as the king of all media devices, not an internet communicator.
 

ajhill

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Amazing

New iPods, new iPhones, new MacBook Pros, New iMacs next month.

Have you ever seen a company so focused on improving their product line so aggressively?

The real question is, how many of those people who were packing the Apple stores before and after the release were "New to Mac" customers. I saw a lot of boxes leaving the store. Not that I'm a "trusted source", or an "Apple insider" just a guy who had to wait in line to buy a display. It was like the Christmas season was starting early.
 

L3X

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before Sept 15th would be nice so i can use the $200 student rebate after i buy my MBP.

I don't want all the monthly fees of the iPhone but i would buy a TS iPod soon.

the iPods are due for an update. I'm guessing they will be around the same price as the current vid iPods, $300 or so.
 

SiliconAddict

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About fracking time. My 60GB iPod Photo is down to 2GB of free space. I've been deleting stuff I know I will never listen to...How the hell did Vanilla Ice get on my iPod?!?! But its not enough.

Come on Apple! Screw the iPhone. Give me my 100GB iPod Video.
 

splintah

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yeah thats what we need

an iphone without phone ability
but 30gb + of storage
wifi organizer
and widescreen


waiting for half a year now
 

pagansoul

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The real question is, how many of those people who were packing the Apple stores before and after the release were "New to Mac" customers. I saw a lot of boxes leaving the store. Not that I'm a "trusted source", or an "Apple insider" just a guy who had to wait in line to buy a display. It was like the Christmas season was starting early.
It's not X-mas time till after Labor Day :D Remember when it used to come after Thanksgiving.