Originally Posted by regan
With the ipod touch nearly a year old now...I wonder what the second gen version will be like.
Don't we all! Having just put in the change to get an iPhone I'm less worried about it right now. My bank account however is a little squeamish thinking I might not resist.
If bigger flash drives aren't yet available...what could they add? I don't see the form factor changing.
I'm not sure where you get the above idea. The technology is clearly on line. Further there are indications that Apple went to Toshiba for Flash in the iPhone. One could take this to mean that there will be an expansion in the use of Samsung Flash in the other iPods. I expect to wee rather large capacity increases in most of the iPods that Apple currently offers.
Oh let me count the options:
GPS. Makes even more sense than on the iPhone.
USB host or USB On the Go. The goal here obviously is to be able to control external devices
Improved BlueTooth support. That is more profiles. This is mostly a software update though. The frustration here is that it appears that Apple specifically is avoiding fuller Bluetooth support. I do wonder why, I want my Bluetooth profiles.
More real world sensors. Lets start with a temperature sensor. But any number of other sensors would come in handy. Obviously we don't want to crowd out other capabilities but do want to render more real world information to supplement the accelerometers and positions sensors.
A bar code scanner! Seriously this would come in handy especially if miniaturized enough. Of course done right a built in camera could offer up this capability instead.
An FM and Weather Radio. Apple should be able to do this for practically free with the right chipset. Again this only for the practicality of having a radio at times when it may be needed.
The option of a bigger screen. The current iPod is just about perfect for a small pocket but is less than ideal for travelling video or multimedia use. This really is just the logical expansion of the iPod family. It also offers up more board space which can lead to more built in storage for a given process generation.
Now I'm not saying that a Camera is a bad idea, I just want to point out that such is not acceptable to many. Some of use are forced to use a Touch simply because cameras are verboten in certain parts of a facility. So the point here is that they need to have a model with and a model without.
Now given that the Touch is a different market than the iPhone I really hope that Apple would implement a Camera on a future Touch the right way. That would mean completely skipping the current generation of cell phone camera optics and sensors and go with something better. Even if that means a slightly thicker Touch. The idea would be to deliver the optical quality one can get out of a good compact Camera.
With all the new apps in the app store that use the camera....this makes perfect sense.
Well yes and no. I understand the attraction of having a Camera there, I just want to point out that many people go the Touch route simply to avoid having a "Cell Phone" camera. There are many reasons for that too. As suggested above there are places cameras simply aren't accepted. Another issues is that many people have better taste in photography than can be currently offered up on a "Cell Phone' camera.
I strongly believe Apple will add a camera to the next ipod touch to boost it's sales.
I'm neutral here. The reason is this: I can see Apple going in a number of different directions with new Touch based devices. I can also see a Touch based device that is more correct thought of as being built around a camera rather than having a camera built into it. In other words Apple could change the focus a bit just as they did with the IPhone. IPhone is a cell phone first and an iPod Touch second, there is nothing to keep them from making an iCamera with a secondary focus on iPod.
Well the number one thing is that what ever is delivered in September should not be considered the end of the story. It is just one bump in the development process. In fact I'd be surprised if major changes other than storage capacity come in September. Of course I would love to be proven wrong here and there is a lot of evidence that Apple is moving forward with enhanced technology for the iPod lines.
By technology I'm talking about Apples purchase of PA Semi. The rumour is that this is directly related to future iPod like devices. The question of course becomes is the technology ready to deliver to the end user. One could hope so as an highly integrated SoC for the ipod lines could lead to a lot of room for other hardware in a Touch like device. Just look at the internal photos of the 3G iPhone, there are a lot of chips built in to that little guy. If you can get rid of 50% of them you automatically have more room for Flash.
Finally; I just ordered my new iPhone. That is great in the sense that it is my first and is expected soon. The frustration is that one can expect them to move the Ipod line forward significantly. So a couple of months from now an iPod Touch could look very attractive.