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.
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.
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 that 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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