i was contemplating the video ipod the other day while i was trying to ignore the annoying people around me. how nice would it be to be able to watch things i want to see and tune out everyone around me? i fought the temptation to run out and drop $399 on the 60gb, and good thing. it seems those rumors that have been floating around for months about the new widescreen ipod might be truth.
Analyst: Apple's 60-gig iPod 'at risk'
Company may phase out 60-gig Video iPod, which retails for $399, in favor of a new model, analyst says.
March 21, 2006: 10:20 AM EST
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Apple may be phasing out its 60-gigabyte Video iPod, according to one analyst who tracks the company.
The company has told its distributors that the 60-gigabyte iPod, which launched in October and retails for $399, is "at risk" until the end of April, meaning that it could be discontinued or replaced, according to Shaw Wu, an analyst for American Technology Research, Apple launched its video iPods in October Apple launched its video iPods in October.
Wu does not own shares of Apple (down $0.94 to $63.05, Research), and his firm does not do banking business with the company.
In a note to clients, Wu said he believes the company is readying a wide-screen video iPod with Bluetooth headphones that could be ready as early as the June quarter. The analyst said his checks indicate that Apple is working on such a product.
Rumors of a wide-screen video iPod have swirled since earlier this year when the Apple rumor site Think Secret reported that Apple was working on a new video iPod.
The new device reportedly has a screen that covers the entire face of the iPod and a "virtual click wheel" that appears only when a user touches the screen. The design resembled a patent that Apple recently filed for a tablet computer.
Officials at Apple were not immediately available for comment.
this is the prototype that has been floating around. i just don't understand how the screen will be protected if the click wheel is built into it virtually. wouldn't it get scratched? personally, i think it's about time they buy my museo concept and use it for the interface. give me a call steve. i'm willing to negotiate.