Monday, September 03, 2007

NEW IPODS ON THE WAY

The official announcement comes on Wednesday. WiFi and digital radio are reportedly coming. Digitimes has the early scoop:
The new iPod video will also come with a wide-screen panel, high storage capacity and Wi-Fi connectivity, the sources indicated. In addition, the new iPod video is expected to be powered by NAND flash, instead of a hard disk drive (HDD).

Apple is outsourcing the production of the new iPod video to Taiwan-based Inventec Appliances, which is expected to start volume shipments by the end of this month or in early October, the sources noted.

Apple's new products will also include a new iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, to cash in on the upcoming Christmas season, stated the sources, who also noted that sales of the new iPod series is expected to total 22-23 million units in the fourth quarter of this year.
Vnunet reports a source saying the new iPods "will be able to receive digital radio, and will include a 'buy-now' function to allow the user to download and buy tracks as they are being played."

Here's the new case for the new Nano; it looks a lot like the purported spy shot of the new machine.

2 comments:

Chris said...

It's going to be interesting to see what Apple's going to do with the new iPods.

Before moving here to Springfield just about a week ago I worked at an Apple Store in Portland, Oregon...and just before I left I noticed our iPod supply dwindling, with no new ones coming in. It kicked off speculation among all us employees, and then the Mac rumor sites started going wild.

By now I'm sure we've all heard a ton of rumors on what the new iPods are going to look like and the functionality they offer (i.e. touchscreen, basically an iPhone without phone capability), but of course we won't officially know until tomorrow.

I'm excited to find out, that's for sure.

Chris said...

My God, what a day for Apple.

Check out the Apple Store online when it comes back up...they're gonna start shipping iPod nanos with video capability, along with the iPod Classic. Apparently the video nano has the best pixel resolution of anything Apple has ever made.

Steve Jobs also showed the iPod touch today -- apparently they've got a smaller capacity than the iPod Classic, but they have WiFi and Safari built into them. Basically an iPhone without phone capability.

And for everyone that said the iPhone wasn't affordable before, well they knocked the price point on the 8GB model down to $399. Maybe they're doing away with the 4GB since those didn't sell too well.