The iPod - Reloaded
Like most humans, I have the uncanny ability to see patterns out of random information. This leads to an abysmal record of Apple-related predictions.
Regardless, I can clearly see something is up given these seemingly random clues:
iPodApp in iOS 5 (now called
- 10 year anniversary of the original iPod
- iMessage and iCloud
- Unlocked iPhone 4’s in US
- Two different rumors of what the iPhone 5 will look like.
The last one is what fuels my speculation the most. Many rumor sites claim the iPhone 5 will be an evolution of the iPhone 4, either looking exactly the same with new internals (like what happened with iPhone 3GS) or with larger screen and metal back.
At the same time, This is my next wrote:
Our sources say the new model (or at least one of the new designs in testing) looks “more like the iPod touch than the iPhone 4.” The phone will be thinner than the iPhone 4, and may have a “teardrop” shape which goes from thick to thin (something along the lines of the MacBook Air profile).
While these guys completely missed the boat on the iPad 2 rumors, they nailed the iOS 5 announcements. So they could be on to something.
Anyways, here is my prediction:
In September Steve will remind us that the original iPod is 10 years old. He will point out just like it revolutionized music then, the new iPod
touch will revolutionize mobile music, gaming and communications.
The iPod touch devices will drop the touch (the iPod nano is touch based now, no need for the distinction) and since they do so much more than music now, the iPod name will get new lease of life for 10 more years.
Because any modern device needs to be connected, we will offer a 3G model, just like the iPad.
/end fake Steve keynote.
Which would explain the second form factor rumors websites are seeing, it’s an iPod touch! The teardrop shape is probably to fit the radio needed for 3G, but it’s still thinner cause it doesn’t have any internals for voice. Plus, no SIM card either, which would also explain the SIM card-less rumors.
As always, my track record almost guarantees this won’t happen now that I mentioned it, but my old pappy always used to say: “better be wrong often, and right once”.