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Talk of a 'True Video iPod' Buzzes the Web
Friday, February 10th, 2006 at 4:15 PM - by Staff
Various Internet Web sites were buzzing on Thursday and Friday with the news of a "true video iPod" that Apple is supposedly readying for release. ThinkSecret, relying on its anonymous sources, said that the new device will feature a 3.5-inch LCD that takes up its entire face and requires users to hold it sideways to view video content. It will also drop the physical click wheel for a digital version that will appear when a user touches the screen.
Ryan Katz said that a release is set for late March or early April, adding: "During the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs alluded to a major announcement on or around April 1, Apple's 30th anniversary as a company." He also noted that ThinkSecret maintained last year that the video iPod released in October was simply "a souped-up 4G iPod with video capabilities."
Mr. Katz's report has some basis in an article published last week by Endaget, which detailed a touch screen input patent submitted by Apple's Jonathan Ive. While the site assumed that the patent was for the long-rumored Apple tablet Mac, some think the technology described in it will be used for the new iPod.
Unsurprisingly, this week's news has led to a flurry of Photoshop mock-ups being posted around the Internet. Engadget received a pair that it believes are fakes, for example.
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