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Touchscreen iPod sourced, dated for August?

updated 08:20 am EDT, Wed July 11, 2007

Touch iPod August Rumor

Apple has chosen Wintek to supply touchscreen panels for an upcoming video-capable iPod, say sources in the Taiwan supply chain. The local electronics maker, which produces small LCDs for cameras and other handhelds, is reportedly set to ship capacitive touchscreens without specific software controls or integrated circuits to accompany them, allowing Apple to integrate the panels with an iPod music player whose controls would resemble that of the iPhone.

Shipments of the screens has been scheduled for the second half of the year but has likely already begun, according to the claim. Apple is said to be asking for the panels in time for an August release, introducing a touch-driven iPod less than two months after the iPhone's late June appearance. No features of the iPod beyond its touch controls were revealed as part of the apparent leak.

Wintek has declined to comment on the story, but says it does so out of a desire to maintain customer privacy.




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  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well...

    goodbye, cruel Zune!

  1. schwachs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ?

    what's a Zune?

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    crazy

    something tells me quarterly results over the next several months are going to be quite good...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ha, zune

    ...and about 3 years from now, Microsuck will decide to come out with a zPhone, which will cost as much as an iPhone but will totally suck a** and will come in, of course, s*** brown color...

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm impressed

    MacNN actually made a logical jump from decent facts and not speculation. Keep this up, and people may not loathe the ads as much. Perhaps it will be the first of many baby-steps on the path to becoming a semi-reputable Mac news site, not just a rumor mill.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WTF

    is a zune???

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    who's making you read?

    danviento, i never watch network news, because it sucks. But I don't write in to Dan Rather (or whoever is on there nowadays) and b**** about how bad he is. MacNN is exactly what it is. You seem to have the problem of coming back, only to be disappointed. Well, you get what you pay for. I guess I like MacNN for the info and heads-ups it provides, and don't hang on every nuanced word for my validation in life.

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yipee!

    Yipee!

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I tried the Zune

    I used a Zune for three weeks and found it to be a rather nice piece DAP that was well constructed...better than the iPod. It is too bad the Zune hasn't been updated well enough to support Unicode (no Japanese, etc. support on the hardware side), nor has MS chosen to add in Wifi syncing capabilities. The Zune software is barebones, but it has never failed me.

    I would like to jump on a 6th gen iPod that had many of the features of the iPhone (minus the phone junk), but I am afraid the sound quality will still be subpar. WHY can't Apple use the same decoder chip in the the current iPods that they used in the original shuffle? sigh.

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