updated 07:45 am EST, Tue December 14, 2004
Toshiba\'s 80GB iPod drive
Toshiba today when it announced a 80GB 1.80-inch hard drive, which it says it expects to ship in third quarter of next year, according to The Register. The announcement comes one year after it introduced the 60GB version of the same drive, which is now found in the high-end iPod Photo. "The Japanese manufacturer didn't mention any customers by name of course, but having supplied Apple with micro hard drives to date, it seems likely the relationship will continue with the new, higher capacity." The report notes that the new generation of 40GB drives, expected to ship with the ultra-high capacity 80GB version next year, will be thinner, which will likely continue to the trend of the thinning form-factor of the iPod over successive generation releases by Apple.