What is Apple Planning on Making with this 3x3cm Touch Screen?

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Tw.apple.pro posts a few images of an Apple-branded touch screen that only measures 3x3 centimeters. The site has been a source of early parts for Apple products in the past, including white iPhone 4 parts and MacBook Pro enclosures. Based on the machine translation they aren't quite sure what the part is for. Though, they speculate about an iPod Touch nano, iPod Touch shuffle and even a touch-screen wrist-watch.

We're not sure what to make of it. The screen isn't the right proportion to be used in the current iPod nano, though Apple could change the design. We're also taking their word on it that it's even a touch screen.

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whooleytoo

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Touchscreen in lieu of a trackpad on MacBooks/MacBook Pros?

Edit - obviously way too small. Maybe the "new AppleTV" will have a small touch-screen?
 

jayducharme

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That's really bizarre. The square proportion makes it look like an old Philco television. Maybe it's going to be a new type of touchpad. Is it a "retina" display? If it's standard resolution, it would be too small to be visually useful.
 

newdeal

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How the he'll would you read or touch anything on such a small screen. It probably is just a prototype for something that they didn't make full size due to cost. Perhaps a prototype retina display just to see if the pixel density would work or something
 

Alexwithad

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3x3 cm is ridiculously small, what could possibly function on 3x3 cm with a touch screen? What about people with large fingers...
 

Arran

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Apple TV remote?

It needs to be a small screen to fit in a small device. And it needs to be a small, rigid and lightweight device to survive being; sat on, dropped on the floor, thrown across the room, and all the other indignities a TV remote suffers.

The display will function mostly as a thumb operated trackpad for the new Apple TV. Buttons, etc., will appear on its surface as needed.

Remote body will likely be aluminum (lightweight and rigid).

All IMHO.
 

Mal67

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Dick Tracey wrist watch:) cool or Blake's Seven wrist communicator cool too. Or itouch nano :) sweet. One way or the other looks like touch screen is the way to go.
 

Nieval

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iPod classic with the same classic body and click wheel but a touch screen as well. That's my bet.
 

fluentinsix

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Given Apple's tendency to stick rigidly to its design principles, I can't see it dropping the home button from an ios device.
 

Christianlom

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I might know what the screen is going to be used for.

I'm quite a Apple fanboy, and yesterday I was searching the web for news about a upcomming TomTom car-kit for the iPhone 4, when i suddently stumpled over this video. I know the title on the system menu says "iPod" but who knows?

It looks like apple are creating a car or sound system that's going to be using a new UI, which might just fit this little screen perfectly.

I'm really hoping that they'll create a car-kit, would be so awesome.


/ChristianLom
 

samdale

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I'm think appe tv remote. Maybe with limited controls/some sort of cover flow (although that would be on the tv screen so not sure).

An ipod Shuffle with a touch screen would be useless. Don't most people use them whilst running/at the gym. You need physical buttons for that. And ipod Touch Nano would surely have a screen with a similar ratio to the ipod touch/iPhone, no? Square seems odd
 

milo

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I don't think it's likely we'll see it on any apple product, and at that size I'm skeptical that it's a touch screen, but if it is real, most likely possibilities are shuffle, a much cheaper/simpler phone (probably unlikely), or a fancy remote for TV etc.

Considering how small and low resolution the displays are on the smallest and most basic phones and mp3 players, even without a really high resolution, this would be a step up for the shuffle (touchscreen or otherwise).
 

Mkz

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Would be amazing if it was a watch but it wont be because it's something thats become more useless as everyone has a phone with the time on.