What I’d Like to See at the September iPod Event

By Rahul Dowlath | Apple

The big rumor around the Apple parts of the web is that everyone’s favorite fruity tech company is planning on a mid-September 2010 date (probably the 15th or 16th September) to hold their annual music-focused event.

Last year’s “Let’s Rock” event brought a new range of iPod nanos with video camera.

This year there have been a myriad number of rumors, most coming in parallel to those of the iPhone and iPad, about the iPod touch. Specifically, dealing with a possible camera on the iPod touch.

Now, apparently, Apple was supposed to introduce a camera on the current Touch. However, there were some reported structural problems that rendered the feature non-existent, and it didn’t make it to last year’s release.

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This year, seeing as they’ve managed a front-facing camera on the iPhone 4, and reports from prominent Apple rumour websites such as MacRumors, Apple may be introducing a variant of the new FaceTime technology on the 2010 iPod touch. A primary back camera could also be a possibility.

So, here’s what I’d like Apple to introduce at the event in September:

iPod touch Nano

A smaller version of the iPod touch could be quite cool. Whilst the current Touch is phenomenal in the evolution of the iPod product family, it is quite bulky. Thus, a more manageable size would be a good addition to providing variety in the lineup.

Improved Camera on Nano

The current Nano is the first to introduce a camera on the iPod. But it can only record video, and not take pictures. Apple should improve the camera, perhaps to make it on-par with that of the iPhone 4 (i.e. 720p HD video), and introduce the ability to take photos on the Nano. Larger disk space would be nice too.

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The iPod Classic

Ah, my favorite iPod. Whilst most people have taken quite a liking to the Touch, I still remain “old-skool” and prefer the styling, capacity options and class that the Classic provides. It is the quintessential iPod, with that oh-so iconic design ipod_touch_conceptthat has become synonymous with the word “iPod”.

However, it’s the maker of this product, Apple, that doesn’t seem to be too interested in it any more. Last year’s “Let’s Rock” event only consolidated the capacity of the two remaining Classic models into a single model with 160GB. I’m hoping for a radical bump to at least 200GB, or even better, a solid-state capacity option.

But the way Apple is going, in pushing its iOS-based devices, the fear on the interwebs amongst us Classic fans is that the original iPod’s life may be numbered. Apple may just pull the plug on the Classic in favour of a larger-capacity Touch or Nano.

I sincerely hope that this is not the case. The Classic should be continued, in a more improved model. It will be a very sad day indeed if it is no longer available.

So, that’s what I’d like to be announced at the event. What are your expectations? And your opinion on the Classic – should it stay or go? Drop a line in the comments and let us know!

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iPod touch is my style April 22, 2011

I have an iPod touch 4 and is the first ever touch device that I have ever had exept ds lite and ds i xl.
I am not that fond of the classic exept the 160gb hd inside but hope that it will not disappear for those who do love it. I love iPod touch because it is like a cheaper version of the iPad which is nicer to hold. I know that it will not last long when using net or watching videos but I am not on net for hours on end so I can still Liston to my music for longer than my Sony mp3 would last.

Now what I would love is to have a version that is exactly the size of the nano 6g but can get on the net

I would love it to come in at least 100gb and have a louder in built speaker

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Rob August 17, 2010

Hope they keep the classic. I have never liked touch screens and never will – like my screen clean and untouched.My 2g Nano has much better battery life than any of the current generation nanos, what point is a big screen if the battery dies every day?

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Anand August 17, 2010

Yep Rahul, i agree, iPod classic should continue, with probably a 500GB HDD or 250GB SSD.

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    Rahul Dowlath August 21, 2010

    That’d be a dream gadget! Fingers crossed, this could be announced…

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