[quote]Originally posted by neutrino23:
[QB]I can't imagine Apple making a digital camera, that field is far too crowded and is littered with the remains of failed products. Same goes for camcorders. Also, both require special technologies (lenses, CCD arrays) that are critical but which Apple does not own. These are both fairly mature markets which are difficult to break into.
For both of these areas (especially videos) Apple has applied their expertise at the computer end of the hub to add value to the product.
The mp3 player provided an opportunity because it is just computer stuff, no outside technologies were required, and it is a relatively new field without established players. Photography has been done for over 100 years.
The kinds of things that would be best for Apple to come out with would be other "computer only" devices. QB]<hr></blockquote>
Wow, that is almost exactly
what I had in mind to say. Yes, it is because the iPod is currently composed of all the same technology that Apple is already researching that it was able to produce it. This is why I still have some hope for an Apple handheld machine as well as perhaps the possibility of a portable DVD, quicktime, VCD player. The "iChondriac" you mention is certainly "out there"...