Well imagine if you can a device that slips in to your pocket, no bigger than a wallet. It’s white, comes with a screen that covers half it’s face and a set of ear bud’s that have a built in lapel microphone. Not only that but it holds 10,000 of your favorite MP3’s, stores your contact list, calendar’s and even holds your notes for later viewing and it even has a 15 hour battery life.
What am I talking about, well it’s the next generation iPod of course. This year Apple stands to make some interesting ground breaking advances in portable technology. With the success of the iPod line what else is left for the device that seems to have everyone talking?
I predict that a move will be made by apple to combine cellular technology in to the iPod. Possibly with a company such as Qualcomm who makes the CDMA technology for North American Market’s, but maybe further their Motorola partner ship by buying technology from them. Who knows! But what I can say is this, what is the next logical step for iPod development?
Building on functionality such as the iPod’s ability to store your contact list and allowing it to read and dial numbers from it. Using the already available built in recording function to use the microphone for telephone calling, and a touch screen for manual dialing. Add one button to the face of the iPod and you can switch it in and out of “iPhone” mode to make a call, or to pause the music to answer an incoming one.
With Apple’s digital media convergence an iPod Phone helps them jump in to the Telecommunications market while maintaining fresh new appeal to their clients. But then again who knows what the big Apple has for us, either way it should be an interesting year.