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Apple refers to "touch-screen" iPod

updated 08:40 am EST, Fri November 3, 2006

Apple, touch-screen iPod

Apple has referred to an iPod with a 'touch-screen' interface in a recently revised PDF document, according to one report. The reference came in a tutorial on interfacing with the iPod's text-based 'Notes' feature, but was removed promptly after reports discovered a probable misprint: "Linking to photos and videos is supported only for 5th generation iPods running iPod Software version 1.2 or later. All other Notes feature capabilities described in this document are supported for iPod models with display screens, beginning with the touch-screen models." Many believe that the passage refers to Apple's third-generation iPods featuring a touch-sensitive clickwheel interface, according to AppleInsider, but some industry watchers point to recent patent filings as a sign that the Cupertino-based company will soon debut a new video iPod based on touch-screen technology.

by MacNN Staff




  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bah, humbug.

    It's bad enough that using the clickwheel by touch is virtually impossible. This will make it COMPLETELY impossible.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re : bah, humbug.

    You musta got a bad pod ... never had a problem with the 2 I own (nano & 20GB) and it's quite responsive, etc.

  1. topless

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The document in question has been corrected and re-posted.

    It now references "iPods with dock connector" rather than "touch-screen"

    ...back to your regularly scheduled programming...

  1. IvoryTower

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wish Apple would develop it's own OQO device ( Sure, it costs more than an iPod and fully functional PDA combined, but its usefulness would far exceed the individual devices. One can dream ...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Its proof! Its was there! Who cares if they 'fixed' the document. That in effect is proof that it true (for would they remove it if it weren't!).

    As for an oqo, don't count on it. Its just another niche computer that apple won't make. h***, you can't get apple to make a tablet or a sub-notebook, and you want them to make a sub-sub-sub notebook?

    Plus, considering their overall limited marketshare, and the limited market inside their mac market for one of those types of devices, its most likely not even close to happening (fiscally inconceivable at this time).

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