Originally posted by eAi
Theres quite a bit of competition in this field, particularily from the PSP. As a secondary feature with a public API, I can see lots of posibilities, but at the same time Apple would be wary of doing this as it would open the device up for hacks - unless they could use Java or somthing to keep the applications seperate from the device and other apps.
Also, one of the strong points of the iPod is that it has focused on playing music, and doing it well. The input device for the ipod - the click wheel - isn't really suited to many game types, I honestly can't see Apple moving into the gaming area, without doing it seriously. Developing a games console requires prior warning - years - to get developers to develop games for it.
I see video content a much more likely announcement, as I've outlined in previous posts.
Do you know how many hacks are out for the iPods now? Many dozens.
Not only does that already include quite a few games, but at least two versions of Linux as well. Plus programs to run on it. There are laser pointers, LED flashlights, TV controllers, etc. Apple doesn't discourage any of this even though, at this point, they don't actively encourage it either.
The wheel works VERY well as a game controller. I've tried it. Others on game sites have come to the same conclusion.
Allowing it to play games won't degrade its ability to play music in the slightest. None of the other functionality that Apple has added over the years has either.
I believe that Apple has always planned bigger things for the iPods than we've seen. They keep adding features as the technology allows. As memory gets cheaper they add more. As LCD's get cheaper and better they upgrade them. As processors get faster they upgrade those as well. For what reason? To play music no better than they did before?. No way. Apple has in mind a far more central plan for this.
But they couldn't do it without the corresponding technologies. As they come, they are added.
They aren't adding FM tuners because very few seem to want them and it costs more to add chips for that, but they add to the internal software and hardware where newer versions of the chips they already use have added functions.