updated 03:05 pm EDT, Fri March 13, 2009
Kaufman on iPhone 3.0
The third-generation iPod shuffle may signal where Apple is headed with future iPod and iPhone concepts, says Kaufman Bros'. Shaw Wu. The Shuffle now incorporates VoiceOver technology, used to identify tracks and support multiple playlists. Such developments may show where Apple is headed with future firmware, Wu proposes.
In terms of the iPhone and iPod touch, it is thought that Apple may be interested in expanding the use of VoiceOver, which would make the devices more practical in terms of hands-free use. A crucial part of the equation could be the implementation of speech recognition, which would allow the use of a Touch or iPhone in circumstances such as driving. Such changes would increase the competitiveness or even superiority of Apple hardware, Wu contends.
Apple is meanwhile said to be interested in upgrading the mobile version of the Safari web browser, providing some mirror to Safari 4 by boosting speed and ease-of-use. The development process may also become easier, and matched with an improved App Store, meant to simplify navigation and locating well-reviewed titles. Wu comments that the difference could be essential in the face of rival mobile stores created by Google, Nokia and RIM.