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Apple to unveil 8GB iPod?

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon June 5, 2006

Apple to unveil 8GB iPod?

Industry sources suspect that Apple may unveil a new 8GB flash-based iPod based on further NAND flash orders. Sources say the industry will likely break out of its low point as Apple books considerable capacity at chip makers, according to DigiTimes. Both of the leading Korea-based chipmakers -- Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor -- have received more orders from Apple, and DRAMeXchange noted in mid-May that Apple had ordered considerable 2Gbit NAND memory at Samsung. Apple in November of 2005 announced long-term agreements with Hynix, Intel, Micron, Samsung Electronics, and Toshiba to secure the supply of NAND flash memory through 2010. The Cupertino-based company planned to pay a total of $1.25 billion for flash memory components over the following three months, and word came in early April of 2006 that Apple had agreed in December to buy 40 million gigabytes of flash memory chips from Hynix last year alone.




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  1. chriz

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    Oh yeah!!

    That's great! Good point for Apple. My iPod Nano 4Gb is already full, 1 month after my purchase...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh, the excitement!

    Wow, an 8GB iPod. Man, innovation at Apple just never stops, does it.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    LOL!

    s**** 8GB, I want 8TB.

    OR at least 120GB. sheesh!

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    testudo

    Wow, a worthless testudo post - the bitterness, and stupidity from testudo just never stops, does it?

  1. malckwan

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    all for ipods?

    Wonder if any of that memory is slated for an 'always on' Flash RAM disk on new MacBooks?

  1. spyinthesky1

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    Dumbo takes flight again

    Yes it is more typical of the criminally insane to propose something on behalf of someone else in a particular instance and them sarcastically condemn them for that totally imagined claim. Perhaps testudo can show evidence that Apple has ever said that an 8 gig nano would be inovative in its own right. No thought not. Must be simply indicative of his desparation to find something tangible to actually criticise.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good

    Adding more value is always a good thing. Just hope this isn't the new iPod we're waiting for.

    Would love to see and FM Tuner, voice recording (about time), bluetooth.

    iTunes movies at a much higher resolution and perhaps a subcription option.

    Keep them coming Apple. Oh, and let's put iTunes on those sick phones from Sony Ericson. Check out the W810 and W710

  1. psignosis

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    FM is dead

    To heck with radio, long live the podcast. To heck with subscription services too, kudos to Apple for resisting that so far. Ain't gonna happen anyway, their entire model has proven over the competitors that folks want to own their music, as much as they can anyway.

    Wouldn't Bluetooth & iPod update be Slooow? What's the point if so.

  1. tomodachi

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    tesies

    As much as I think testudo is a t***, I must agree with his comment . . . provided it was being sarcastic towards MacNN and the so-called "analysts". I mean come on, it doesn't take a high-school degree to make an educated guess, which will most likely be right, that Apple will, some day, release an 8GB nano. I mean, this isn't news, this isn't rumor, this isn't even fun speculation, especially without even a "possible release date".

  1. MacnnGregor

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    Well....

    I agree with malckwan's view and I've been hoping for "always on" capability in laptops for iCal/Addressbook, etc. Always on! Always on! Always on! Always on! Always on!

    FM is alive and well with NPR and fringe music broadcasts of jazz, classical and alternative music. And it is free.

    AM is alive and well with sports and some talk radio. And it is free.

    testudo, as happens with many angry people, is blind to innovation.

    I think 8 gigs of flash means that it is now possible for a new device with the new 200gig 2.5" hardrives will have a great buffer for a large portable video library.

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