Apple got it right the analyst are just there to soak up the goodness, some what like leaches.
Originally Posted by Inkling
...... They should consider creating:1. Today's standard model
, basically like the iPhone except for the cellular phone, so it can run iPhone software. That means a camera and compass in the next version. A GPS is a bit more iffy.
Funny but I look at GPS as a shoe in and the camera as iffy. At least on some models. GPS is extremely useful in creating devices that remain compatible with iPhone, a camera not so much. Just look at all the software packages that leverage GPS tech right now.
2. An iPod Extended that's not so thin, the added space making it the thickness of an iPhone and being devoted to a larger battery for travelers and those who want to use it as an all-day, on-the-go tool. That's what I'd buy.
If it is a device with a bigger screen I'd be all over it. Especially if that bigger screen is combined with a much larger secondary store.
3. An iPod Sport that's ruggedized and waterproofed like many GPSs. It'd be great for those with an active lifestyle. Price it high and it would still sell. I'd suggest also giving it a larger battery.
Not if priced high just to serve those with inflated egos.
On the other hand a completely self contained and rugged iPod would be ideal in many ways. By self contained I mean a device that can harvest its own power and basically keep running for weeks on end. Right now this means either solar or micro mechanical harvesting of power. In any event the device is as you otherwise describe a rugged iPod maybe with a ceramic crack proof screen.
4. An iPod Traveler for those on vacation. It would include a GPS and a larger battery, along with software to download and display tourist maps and information while traveling. In a car, it would give turn-by directions. Hand-carried, it would show the way to tourist spots or offer a tour guide to museums and the like. It'd bypass the lack of cellular by downloading data ahead of time via the app store.
This more or less duplicates what you have already described. As to mapping that issue is quickly being taken care of. Even travel specific apps are becoming common place. I just don't see the pull for a specific device as what you are asking for is very much software driven.
5. An iPod Kid for children that lacks some features to keep the price down, but that's built for play and the 'funner' sorts of education. Trying to create a handy UI for adults, I suspect Apple has stumbled across the ideal UI for little kids. Why not make a version just for them?
Call me old fashion but I'm not into giving kids things they are not ready to handle.
The iPod Sport and iPod Traveler do bring up issues that Apple will have to resolve. To what extent should these iPods offer features that add to the cost but that only some users will need?
I think you underestimate the demand that something like iPod Touch sport would have. Especially if it was in a totally enclosed water proof housing. One thing that makes me a bit nervous is using my iphone when outside or at the beach.
Despite one grumpy posting above, I suspect most potential purchasers do want a half-decent camera (including video). It can be very handy to have a camera available at all times. Building it into an iPod means one less gadget to klutz with.
I think you are wrong here about the camera as many people need an alternative device to take their music to places where cameras are not allowed. For many this is the workplace, but many other venues such as gyms frown on people whipping out camera capable devices on a whim. It is not that I'm against camera in Touch based devices just that it provides people with a real alternative with out one.
But including more pricey options like a GPS is a more difficult issue, particularly when most people want a GPS that includes maps and data files.
Where did this idea come from that GPS is pricey? It isn't always a case of wanting GPS for maps, more exactly we want GPS to support applications making use of it. But really GPS is cheaper than hardware and software associated with a camera.
An iPhone can get that information easily. An iPod touch needs a WiFi connection that may not be available in a pinch.
If I keep seeing the crap posted in this forum I will blow a gasket. GPS DOES NOT NEED A WIFI CONNECTION TO OPERATE. NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL!!!!!! That doesn't mean that cool apps of the future might not use GPS in conjunction with the network, just that GPS as a tech does not require any networking of any sort.
I'm rather neutral on GPS in an iPod touch, mostly because I rarely get in situations where I'd need a GPS where I've not carrying one of the stand-alone GPSs that I own. I suspect I'm not alone in that attitude.
I fear you are very alone in that attitude. GPS enable feature that your stand alone GPS could never manage, I suspect it would be used more by a new Touch device than a camera. That because it supports a variety of uses by different apps.