Videos appear online showing a radical departure.
While iPhone column inches have grown to ridiculous proportions and iPhone sales are claimed to have surpassed 700,000 units let’s not forget the humble iPod: global sales of well over 100m and long in need of an update…
Claiming to have the exclusive of the, well, month at least… is DAPReview which has come up with a video allegedly showing off the next gen iPod’s interface. So given that Apple is all about the software what do we learn?
Putting aside my uber sceptical feelings for a minute, ”if correct” we discover that the 6G-ers will have a slightly odd split screen layout due to a wider (and probably larger) display. The screen appears to have a permanent background of album art which the player reverts to once a selection is made and setup screens are divided so the consequences of user preferences are immediately obvious.
Rumour also says that, like the iPhone, 6G iPods will support Cover Flow but in what would turn out to be a great disappointment to many: will retain ClickWheel controls rather than switch to an iPhone-esque touchscreen/multi-touch environment.
Interestingly, DAPReview has been forced by Apple to take down the interface video from its website, but whether this adds any credibility to it is debatable. A copy can still be found here on YouTube.
Personally speaking I hope this video turns out to be as much bull as the vast majority of Apple rumours (from which I filter you) if only because the system seems clunky and the continued existence of the ClickWheel would be a backwards step…
In related news a pre-alpha/consequences unknown hack has been released for the iPhone claiming to open up the OS for third party applications. Hacker ‘Nightwatch’ is behind it and we can’t bring you links for obvious reasons. Expect to hear more if it works at all in the near future.