My crystal ball told me that Steve Jobs will announce the death of iPod Classic on next Tuesday.
I'm not convinced that classic has to die, the could simply add a larger harddrive and make many happy. The biggest problem there is that I have seen any new potential drives in the industry rags of late.
So, what possible replacement for 2008-2009?
- 16GB iPod Touch ($299)
- 32GB iPod Touch ($399)
This is where I see your first big mistake, that being the flash sizes for the prices you mention. I'd be surprised if Apple is paying more than $25 for 16GB flash chips these days especially in the volume Apple can dangle before a vendor. So I'd expect a cheap Touch for around $175 in a 16GB variant with a 32 GB $50 - $75 more. What will get us back up to the big $$$$$ will be a Touch using the new premium 32GB flash to produce a 64 GB Touch from two devices. What should be noted here is that with the right integration Apple might find itself with enough room for three flash devices on the new Touches mother board. What this means is that we might not be stuck with storage sizes held to the increments one or two chips provide. This 48 or 96 GB flash devices become possible.
[quote]- 160GB iPod Touch, special HDD version ($499)
Transitional product just to kill the iPod Classic
I'm not one to dismiss a magnetic hard drive in a Touch, I just don't see it as a replacement for a Classic. The primary concern, for me any ways, is that I want the reliability of flash.
and for 2009-2010?
100% flash memory
- 32GB iPod Touch ($299)
- 64GB iPod Touch ($399)
- 120GB iPod Touch ($499)
I'm not sure what incentive there is for Apple to wait for the coming year when the flash chips to implement 32 & 64GB Touches are already on the market from more than one vendor. In fact I wouldn't be surprised to hear about an iPhone 3G upgrade before Christmas to 32GB.
Just my thought. And you, what's your opinion?
Well some opinion in line above. Obviously Apple needs to adapt it's product line to what it thinks the market conditions will be like. This is where all the talk about lower cost Touches come from. That won't keep Apple out of the high end though this a Touch offering up the latest flash technology. It is my hope that the high end machine offers up far more uniqueness than just the latest flash tech though. What this amounts to is Apple offering the user far more choice in Touch based devices.
As to Nano frankly not even remotely interested.
I'm still pulling for a iPod Touch Maxi. Mainly so that it has an HD aspect ratio or better for videos and an overall slightly larger sceen. Of course an even slightly larger device means more room for flash, battery and other stuff.
When it comes right down to it I see a market for a number of Touch based devices and frankly I hope Apple has a clue here. Maybe they won't be ready in Sept but I'd be very disappointed in Apple if they don't have more different Touch based devices in the works. By the way I'm not talking about micro Mac tablets which would be stupid but rather devices that fit easily into one hand.
Oh let me clear up one thing I don't think that a Mac tablet would be stupid. It's just an issue of size where it becomes impractcle to use Mac software on very small devices. From what I can see a Mac tablet would need to be steno size or bigger to make the use of a wide array of existing software.
Finally a few other things I'd like to see in at least some of the new Touch devices:
BluTooth. I can't repeat this enough, further Apple needs to get cracking on supporting the common profiles sonthat we can make use of some of the cool stuff out there.
Support for the same headset jack as the iPhone this to allow voice recording, VoIP and other neat uses. To me this seems like a no brainer. The alternative of course is an analog in jack or a built in microphone.
Physical controls for volume and mute! Allied would be one or more application defined push buttons. Mainly because the touch screen sucks for camera control an programmable buttons certainly would be handy for other apps.
The three above seem to have strong community support. The items below seem to get a mixed reaction.
A host USB port
More physical sensors especially temperature.
A better WiFi antenna.
HMDI outputs through the dock connector. What I ideally want to see is an iPod totally optimized for video in the same way that the current unit is optimized for music. This is not for the low end.
Battery life! More is always better but I'm hoping that PA Semi can have a massive impact here.
More processing power. A high end device needs more of every thing. That is more RAM, processing speed, integrated video acceleration, graphics and WiFi. The goal should be a unit twice as fast with the same battery life as today. Again I think PA Semi can deliver this via SoC technology. Ideally this would be on a Newton 2 like device, that is something physically bigger than the current Touch to deliver a bigger screen.
There you go - what do you think?