What iPod/iPhone is this???

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  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    New article on AppleInsider has a weird patent image that looks like nothing I've seen yet:

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    Looks pretty strange. I wonder if it's an iPod, an iPhone or an iProd.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's something that won't ever see the light of day. Apple isn't one to mix a touchscreen and a clickwheel.

    I like the "Abuse Detection System", though. Must be water sensors. :D
     
  3. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    It kind of looks like an iPod classic with a BIG screen and a Nano-sized click wheel.
     
  4. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Who said it was a touchscreen? Just because the screen is big? It could be for better video display
     
  5. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Yeah that's what I was thinking. Certainly is odd. I can't imagine it being intuitive with such a small click wheel for such a big device
     
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    Seems like this would have been an old idea for the iPod classic before the proliferation of the iPod touch. It's not likely that we'll see this be an actual device unless it replaces the current iPod touch... but why when multitouch has proven itself to be so valuable?
     
  8. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    It's an iPhone Pro - the home button's replaced with a clickwheel.
     
  9. DaleMassey macrumors member

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    I dont know what it is but i know i called it a year ago.
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    Keep in mind patent application drawings do not necessarily represent the actual marketed product. Many times, a patent application will cover only one aspect of some patentable invention for broader coverage.
     
  11. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    You've obviously got a lot of time on your hands. Fancy popping round to my house and washing the car? ;)
     
  12. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    That kind of makes sense! 120GB hard drive based iPod with a touch screen as well! The hard buttons would be nice for when you want to skip tracks or change volume!
     
  13. DaleMassey macrumors member

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    All signs point to that being a hard drive based iPod classic with a large screen (of a different ratio to the iPhone). This is due to the headphone port being on the top left of the device and he dock connector on the bottom.
    The patent shows it would have network capabilities, which leads me to believe that this device would have iPod touch features such as Safari and Mail, as well as other apps.
    The clickwheel? The centre button would be the home button, and the clickwheel is there to save battery life when you only want to run the iPod app, which would look like the touch app and function like the current classic.
    Why the need to save battery life? The touch screen takes up an awful lot of space that would previously hold the hard drive and battery. To stop it from being too chunky the battery may be significantly smaller than the curent classic, more like the touch. But of course with a 120GB HDD
     
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Right. Apple Insider is claiming that the 'Abuse Detection System' is the entire point of this patent. The drawing is just so there's a pretty picture. Doesn't matter what it looks like, it's just an example of the kind of device this system could be put in.

    Everyone else is just wasting their time trying to analyze an imaginary product!
     
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    Since this is a TheSpaz thread I expect it to go 11+ pages by this afternoon... ;)
     
  16. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    Maybe it contains special hardware to work out if it has been jailbroken...
     
  17. Eso macrumors 68000

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    Dude, that just got me thinking...

    What if, for the next iPhone, they added touch-sensitive gestures to the home button somewhat like the new trackpads. It would depress like normal, but a right swipe could return to the previous application - multitasking, anyone? Alternatively, sideways swiping could be undo/redo. Oh, the possibilities!
     
  18. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The point being to needlessly complicate the input?
     
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. This will never see the light of day.
     
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    No way! Only 5. :)
     

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