February 7, 2007

iPod with WiFi, GPS?

Word is coming out of Pocket Lint that an analyst believes that the Next Gen iPod could be coming with WiFi and GPS. With the recent announcement of the iPhone, people have been buzzing about the potential for navigation possibilities out of Apple. I get the WiFi; and I want to download music directly to my iPod, Mr. Jobs. But a GPS?

Imagine that the iPod is the central entertainment hub in most cars as manufacturers crawl out of the primordial ooze and finally realize that they need to provide MP3 player connections via hardwires on all new models.... and the iPod has GPS and navigation capabilities. You instantly have your music and navigation playing through your stereo (Unless you want to listen to the radio).

Screen real estate starts to be an issue if you really need visual prompts. The news is that the new iPods might start to take on the iPhone form factor, which is not a huge stretch and is a very likely move. Even if they don't I would imagine the touch sensitivity controls of the iPhone will carryover to the new iPods, even if the form factor doesn't.

Anyway, I would welcome Apple based navigation to the party; I think that their design and attention to usability would benefit people in this area. They need navigation on the iPhone, and navigation as part of a bigger solution on the iPod might be a welcome addition too; we'll see.


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Posted by Scott Martin at February 7, 2007 9:00 AM

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