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Video iPod? - Image courtesy MacShrine

Courtesy USPTO
Full screen video madness

Is this the real Video iPod? MacShrine has a picture of what appears to be a full screen iPod. These photos match up pretty well with the drawings from the US Patent and Trademark Office we posted a few weeks ago detailing a touch sensitive GUI for portable devices. Apple appears to be combining gestures into a form where a user will not have to use any form of clicking or pressing buttons. As it appears currently, the pictures indicate that users will be able to navigate the entire user interface by using gestures exclusively.

Figures that something like this pop up as soon as I pick up a 30GB 5G iPod.

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Crystal ball...
By MScrip on 2/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: Crystal ball...
By tuteja1986 on 2/24/2006 12:42:18 AM , Rating: 2
that be an awesome ipod :! but if battery dies after 2hrs of video play backs like with current ipod then it sucks :! they need to extend the battery life of ipod. I think they are small enough and i don't really want them any smaller than but even increase a width so Apple can use a better battery.

RE: Crystal ball...
By spwrozek on 2/24/2006 9:32:50 AM , Rating: 2
They will be lucky if the battery even last that long. Besides the shuffle all the ipods have horrible battery life. The nano gets "14 hours" of play back time. I want to know where they got that figure from. The best I can get under ideal conditions is 7 hours and 38 min. Also I want to know why people want to watch video on an ipod? For that matter why watch video on a 3-4 in screen? It just seems very stupid.

RE: Crystal ball...
By lealwai on 2/24/2006 10:22:06 AM , Rating: 2
Also considering that this video ipod seems to have about the same thickness as the current 5G, plus a screen that is much bigger and about as bright, I dont see this version getting much more than 1.5 hours unless they do some major changes.

RE: Crystal ball...
By Questar on 2/24/2006 1:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
What are these "ideal" conditions of which you speak.

Rundown tests at hydrogen audio have show ipods to run slightly longer than stated times.

RE: Crystal ball...
By retrospooty on 2/24/2006 11:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
Possibly a brand new one... Or a hand picked reviewers sample. Use for a month or two and you just might be down to a 5 hour battery life, or worse.

RE: Crystal ball...
By spwrozek on 2/25/2006 12:02:27 AM , Rating: 2
Brand new, 160kbps mp3, no back light, 75 degrees, hold on, half volume, song on repeat. Basically exactly how apple claims you should do it. I usually use it for snowboarding though and get about 6 hours out of it before it goes. I will stop complaining though because nothing in life is what you expect it will be.

RE: Crystal ball...
By nycgq on 2/25/2006 1:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
As impressed as I am about this produce, the battery life can only be horrendous. Apple's cashing in on products that have diminishing utility. I think it would need to play two full length DVD's to be of any worth.

Easy to tell it's fake
By Questar on 2/24/2006 9:32:09 AM , Rating: 3
Open the "photo" in Photoshop. Convert to B&W to get rid of all the distracting color information (humans have very low ability to discern color resolution). Play with gamma levels.

See all the black bars pop in around the screen image? That's a copy and paste job.

RE: Easy to tell it's fake
By CorrND on 2/24/2006 10:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Plus, what's the deal with the Chinese (or some Asian language) characters? Apple is based in the US! I suppose it's possible that an Asian American engineer is working in an Apple development lab, but what are the odds they're going to label things in an Asian language?

RE: Easy to tell it's fake
By Questar on 2/24/2006 10:06:47 AM , Rating: 2
iPods are made in China.

RE: Easy to tell it's fake
By CorrND on 2/24/2006 11:23:39 AM , Rating: 2
Produced in China, designed in the US.

Nice, but not for me.
By Sunrise089 on 2/24/2006 1:26:29 AM , Rating: 2
I have no idea how long it will take, but full screen or not Apple will not get me to buy an iPod for over $75 unless they can make it both large capacity and flash based. I guess I'm unique considering how many they have sold, but I just can't see spending that kind of money on a device you can't safely work-out with, or on the other hand a device that can't hold my entire MP3 collection. Of course if you view an iPod as something like a video card - it needs to be upgraded every so often - then it's a different story.

RE: Nice, but not for me.
By hans007 on 2/24/2006 5:44:52 AM , Rating: 2
i agree with you. i wouldnt want to take that anywhere and break the screen or something (i'm not so caring about things that are on me all the time, my cellphone looks awful).

that said, i probably will never buy an ipod just because i cant really see a need for a machine that just carries mp3s and videos. i mean. i dont even have 8 gb of mp3s and why would anyone NEED to bring all those video and such around on a volatile easily breakable thing (that kills that, i dont keep them on my computer idea) with a battery that dies after a year or so.

if an ipod, say was also a blackberry or something and was still the same size, ok... that could be cool

RE: Nice, but not for me.
By plinden on 2/24/2006 12:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
that said, i probably will never buy an ipod just because i cant really see a need for a machine that just carries mp3s and videos.

Hmm, I also use my iPod for keeping backups of my photos and important files (but only one backup, I don't rely on it and have them backed up elsewhere). You can configure it to look like a drive on your computer and copy anything you want to it.

That said, I'm still only using 17GB out of my 40GB iPod.

RE: Nice, but not for me.
By plinden on 2/24/2006 12:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
Also, people have used iPods as boot devices.

What a suprise!
By BioRebel on 2/24/2006 11:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
Oh boy! Who would've known! Another iPod. I never would have guessed Steve Jobs would've made another. I swear those things are the only reason Apple is still alive.

RE: What a suprise!
By Questar on 2/24/2006 12:44:36 PM , Rating: 1

By NFS4 on 2/24/2006 3:52:06 PM , Rating: 3
Tablet PC's?
By Cygni on 2/24/2006 2:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, we already tried the Tablet PC thing and people didnt buy them for some reason... thanks Apple for 'inventing' something that already failed in the market. And the sad part is, witht he Ipod name, it might be succesful. ;)

NOPE! It's a fake!!!
By icefreon on 2/26/2006 6:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
By michal1980 on 2/24/06, Rating: -1
RE: la
By BillyBatson on 2/24/2006 3:12:24 AM , Rating: 2
It does look somewhat generic but thena gain it is just abig screen.. with no visable buttons of any sort! Every other video player i have seen have some sort of buttons on the side of the devices and speakers etc so this is definitely more of a simple design. Plus throw in the touch screen and the interface and the virtual touch click wheel and i think the enjoyment of using it will be the same if not better.
I am just worried about finger prints on the screen lol.

Also i would liek to knwo hwo big this is, the size of a current ipod or larger? will you be able to conenct it to current docks (such as my bose sounddock) or will the dock connect be on the long side.

RE: la
By techrob on 2/24/2006 11:42:38 AM , Rating: 2
Agree infact it is pretty big. Oh well, Ipod lovers will buy it, they don't care.

RE: la
By judasmachine on 2/25/2006 12:48:24 AM , Rating: 2
a truer statement has never been made.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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