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'Real' video iPod Has 3.5in Touchscreen?

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Benny likes the new fifth generation ‘video’ iPod and so he should, it’s an excellent piece of kit. Many millions of you out there clearly do as well and that’s also ok. Yet, if you look deep inside, way down into that secret place of self denial (besides that belief that tells says you can still make it as a professional footballer) weren’t you just that little bit disappointed when it was unveiled?

I have to say I was and if what is being ‘confirmed’ around the web right now is true there may well be a good reason for that. Essentially what is emerging is that the latest generation iPod was not really the video iPod but more of a 4.5G. Furthermore, if these reports are correct, what is the true heir to this much banded title is far more exciting.

Gone apparently is the 2.5in display to be replaced by a whopping 3.5in touchscreen that covers the entire front of the player, while the click wheel is now virtual and will appear whenever a finger is laid on the screen. Just how cream-tastically good this could be is obvious, though the potential for smudge-hell is also equally clear.

Despite this radical redesign, however, the mooted sixth generation model will supposedly not feature integrated WiFi and still connect to TVs using the conventional cabling system of current devices. A proposed release day is as soon at late March or even 1 April, which marks Apple’s 30th anniversary. This surely would be a fitting tribute.

Details on battery life, storage capacity, weight and everything else you care to throw a stick at are unknown and no photos have been leaked. In fact, all of this could be complete bunk, but I dare to dream. Consequently, I couldn’t resist publishing these fantastic mock-ups created by an Apple fanboy with too much time on his hands and some serious Photoshop skills…



Update:

Some sensational diagrams have been uncovered in the recent Apple patent application for its upcoming touchscreen technology. Interesting non...? ;)



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