Originally Posted by alexapple
People here seem to think that an iPod is coming with all the funcionality of the iPhone iPod. They are (almost certainly) wrong. The reason for this is simple - this phone packs a *lot* of processing/graphical punch to pack all these features in with full multitasking. Even Cover Flow needs a lot of power (try it out on an old G4). An iPod that could do all the non-phone stuff would still need to be really expensive, pretty much as expensive as the iPhone - hence we just get the iPhone.
Furthermore, it is the logical extension of the iPod growth. It started off simple but they have slowly been adding functionality to it. Why have a telephone, and an iPod, and a PDA (as I do at the moment)? It makes no sense because once you get the hardware meaty enough it might as well as do all the things together...
I don't think you're right here. The iPhone is phantastic, and I agree the merging of many devices into one is nirvana, but the day after the keynote, I'm left to wonder where is the "real" widescreen video iPod?, with 80GB or more of storage? 8 GB is paltry, and the concept of the iPod is you can take all (or most of it) with you, and play what you want when you want to. Having to carefully preselect which music, TV shows, or movies you can fit onto the iPhone is really not a forward step. Clearly, given Apple's strategy as becoming a dominant player in media distribution, having a portable device that can store your library in its entirety, or near to it, is a given.
But the iPhone is not meant to be the next iPod; it's called iPhone for a reason. And overall, it provides FAR more storage, capabilities, and elegance than competitive smartphones, so it wins big in that comparison. But how many iPod w/Video owners here feel oddly out of sorts with this announcement? Buying one as your primary device would be an upgrade and downgrade at the same time. There is still plenty of room in the product line for new dedicated iPods. And remember, many people can't or won't buy an iPhone because cost, complexity, carrier, current agreements, lack of need, etc.
I'm sure Apple recognizes this, but for multiple reasons, are deciding to wait until later this year to introduce a real video ipod. I would imagine overall cost, battery life, slow-to-jump-on-board movide studios, and spreading out launches to avoid overlap are some of the reasons, along with the fact that AppleTV is not released and in homes yet. So, as much as I'd like a real video iPod today, all these factors seem to say a fall/winter release.
A video iPod could look nearly identical to this iPod in form and functionality - remove the battery-sapping cellular technology and add the battery-sapping HD technology, and you'll probably have similar performance.
Down the road, when battery technology improves, higher capacity flash modules become cheaper, and overall costs diminish due to economies of scale, an all-in-one as the ONLY tehcnology MAY occur, but why would Apple be so domineering of customer's desires? They're making a TON of money with MANY different iPods now. That paradigm won't change anytime soon.