What do you want in a 5G iPod?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by wrldwzrd89, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Here's what I'd like to see in the 5G iPod:

    - More capacity
    - Ability to play files with a 96 KHz sample rate
    - Support for 3 additional formats: HE-AAC, MP3PRO, and WMA
  2. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    bigger space
    better earphones
    small form factor
    color screen
    cheaper ;)
  3. coconn06 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2003
    King of Prussia, PA
    I'd like to see support for Ogg Vorbis. It's open and free, I don't understand why they wouldn't support it.

    Although what I think is most important is longer battery life and less expensive. Those might not be possible, but are more useful than many of the "cool" features like downloadable games, etc.
  4. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    You know what, while we're at it, why not include Monkeys Audio support too?
  5. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    -support for ogg vorbis
    -fm/am radio
    -color screen
    -downloadable games
  6. dotnina macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2004
    • Color screen (please please please please? :))
    • Back to "all white," or at least get rid of the grey wheel
    • Smaller form factor
    • Aluminum enclosure (not going to happen, but you can hope)
  7. Pixeled_Apple macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2004
    MeLbourne, Vic Aussiee!
    iPod Photo costs way too much, The reason I want it, is bcoz of the colour screen :p
  8. xgsrpg macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2004
    I'd love to see Sound Enhancer like in iTunes. When I plug in my headphones into my PowerBook and turn up Sound Enhancer all the way on iTunes, my tracks sound much better than on my 3G iPod (not that the iPod sucks, its just not as good as iTunes with Sound Enhancer).
  9. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    What I'd like:
    1. PDA features greatly improved. A To-Do list with categories (like playlists). The tasks show up on the calendar. The user can edit them, too, changing their date or marking them completed. User can even enter new items in a pinch, altho it is cumbersome.
    2. Aluminum enclosure like a big mini, making it ruggeder.
    3. No 'formatting as mac or pc'. Just one directory structure used by either version.
    4. Software development kit allowing any developer to write programs to run on it.

    Number 4 is especially important. The iPod is a closed, proprietary box with frustratingly limited characteristics. Basically, it's just a music player - for what it does today, it's far too expensive.
  10. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    #1 will take some new software, but shouldn't be TOO hard.
    #2 is just a hardware change - even simpler.
    #3 is the tough one. How could Apple do this, yet still allow the iPod to be used as a hard drive on both platforms? I haven't the foggiest idea.
    #4 is also challenging - it's harder than #1, but easier than #3. Apple must make some decisions on how to expose the APIs to programmers such that no trade secrets are revealed. I would support such a move.
  11. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    cheaper, smaller and a built in 5 megapixel camera :D
  12. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    White iPods that have the scratch resistance of the minis
    Video Out
    Increased battery life
    iPod Desktop Picture capability
    Wireless Out to my stereo
    Built In Voice Recording
    DJ functions (pitch, tempo, etc.)
  13. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    A white mini, but with all the cool stuff of the iPod Photo.

    OH and Jon Ive's signature on the back like the U2 ones. ;)
  14. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Color screen
    Better battery life
    Bluetooth support :cool:
  15. 2A Batterie macrumors 6502a

    2A Batterie

    Jun 9, 2004
    Out of a Suitcase, USA
    A feature that stops people from asking about what next generation iPods should/will have for at least 5 minutes after new ones have been released. ;)
  16. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Higher resolution colour screen
    Integrate a 4+ megapixel camera
  17. veedubdrew macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd like to see a small light sensor on the face of the ipod that would automatically adjust backlight brightness like my PowerBook. I'd imagine that would save battery life quite a bit.

    I'd like a flip-out headphone wraparound thingy like my PowerBook's AC adapter. I'm always getting my headphones all tangled up.

    Better battery life never hurt either, so I'll take some of that in my 5G iPod. I'd also like to see the screen face to be ever so slightly recessed, like my iPod mini's is. I have yet to get a scratch on my mini's screen, despite the lack of a full protective case.

    And while we're at it, I'll take a CF card reader in the full-size iPod for storing photos without an adapter.

  18. joed macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2002
    Budapest, Hungary
    Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (optional bluetooth headphones)
    Larger screen on the high end iPod photo (physically larger)
    SD Card slot on iPod photo (or CF) and ability to play movies from cameras
    And third party games and apps (I agree that there should be an SDK)
  19. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    What do you mean by this? My best guess is including pictures on the iPod in the choices for desktop pictures, which needs to be done at the OS level, not in the iPod. That means that it could be implemented today, with a small Mac OS X update, with the existing iPod Photo we have now.
  20. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    Setting a picture behind your menu choices. They probably could do that now, but they have not.....so I'd like to see it implemented.
  21. markjones05 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    #1 cheaper
    #2 smaller
    #3 color screen but not if it affects price, size or battery life.
  22. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2004
    The Ocean Floor
    i only just got me a 4g at the weekend! but i guess that the things that would make it better would be:

    better battery life (not that its bad at the mo though)
    colour screen
    wifi capabilities based on that patent that was recently applied for.
    slightly smaller
    scratch resistant

    but i dont think that you'll get all of these! as for bluetooth headphones, well i'm not sure here i may be totally wrong but can bluetooth support stereo output at a high quality? i'm sure i read that most phone headsets are mono for calls and mp3 playback because bluetooths capabilities are limited. anyone know for sure?
  23. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Touch screen LCD and hyperlinked items on the Now playing screen. When I shuffle all my songs I sometimes hit an artist/album that I'd like to switch to. If the artist name and album title should be hyperlinks so that I just click on them with my finger or stylus and it jumps there and continues playing from that artist or album.
  24. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Yeah, I would buy one in a second if I could edit with pda like features on my iCal, address book, to do list, etc.

  25. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    • more scratch resistant housing, like the mini
    • 2.5" color touch screen display
    • 100GB storage
    • AAC+ support
    • 3.2 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical/4x digital zoom and a flash
    • voice recorder
    • FM
    • video out
    • PDA functionality/stylus
    • cell phone functionality
    • 24 hour battery life
    • BT
    • WiFi
    • AE remote functionality
    • wireless FW transfers
    • fold my sons laundry (any idea how many pieces of kids clothing can fit in one load of wash?)
    • $199 price point
    • size/thickness of three stacked credit cards
    • headphones with a retractable cord that won't tangle
    • caloric burn count
    • heart rate monitor
    • 7-in-1 card reader built-in

    that's all for now
    :p :D

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