This are accomplishments of AT&T in the past. Today's AT&T is very different and with the way they are today they do come over as a dumb pipe trying to nickel and dime everything. Only AT&T can do anything about their image.
I wonder whether the people with the iPod classics simply have large collections, or whether they are also storing their music in lossless format? I can imagine people who listen to jazz and classical music wanting a media player that reproduces the music in the best possible form.
The only question remaining is whether the classic iPod reproduces the sound at an acceptable quality for audio-buffs?
It would be interesting to see whether this version of the magazine is more text and less images. If that is the case, it would not necessarily indicate a change of direction.
If it is a change a direction, I wonder whether Apple will choose to cordon off a section of the store so it is only accessible by people who are of suitable age and are going there expecting to see that sort of material.
Good UI design is about reducing abstract elements in favour of visual elements. I say this because I believe most people find it easier to grasp visual concepts than virtual ones. At the same time when you are trying to present a lot of functionality you need to find good ways to provide access to it without making things feel clutered.
The device that manages to balance functionality, usability and appealing design is the one that is going to garner the most...
There are two things that are really wrong with all this:
- software patents
- the court in Texas where all this is happening
Would it be within the power of federal law to enforce jurisdiction of these sort of cases and in what form the trial could take place if voted by senate? I am asking because even policies seem to get thrown out these days - see health care.
It would be nice to see software patents rejected. When it comes to a patent troll, how do you...
A few things worth mentioning:
- Netflix is available on many more devices (TVs, HTPCs, game consoles, etc), but is limited to North America. Some devices still only support the USA version of Netflix - Seagate I am think of you
- iTunes movie rental is limited to Apple branded devices
Other than the device itself, I think the main differing factor is the price of the software. A Nintendo DS game can cost as much as $40, whereas on the iPhone or iPod we are generally talking $10 max. The DS also has to contend with physical distribution costs and piracy, so I wouldn't be surprised to see these being factors that will be addressed in the next generation.
I would still want to see physical buttons on the next generation, but all the movement detectors...
If it is made of metal then I wonder whether the case will be milled or using the technology from Liquid Metal, for which they got an exclusive. BTW I can't imagine Apple going back to plastic at this point, since it would cheapen the appearance of the product, IMHO.