Video iPod with touch screen
Rumors of major movie deals and invitations to the event announcing that it's "showtime" have visions of wide-screen iPods dancing in analysts' heads. And judging by the hundreds of fantasy mock-ups posted online, consumers are thinking along the same lines.
A contest held by iLounge.com, a blog that covers all things iPod, invited fans to submit their own concepts for the newest generation of the Apple music cum multimedia player. The most prevalent feature in fans' designs was a touch screen. Incorporating a touch screen into the iPod would allow the screen to take over most, if not all, of the iPod's body, allowing for a much larger viewing area.
Using a touch screen, while new to the iPod line, wouldn't be a complete shock. An Apple patent for a "virtual keyboard" was published earlier this year. The patent covers a new way of "activating virtual keys of a touch-screen virtual keyboard."
This design, submitted to iLounge by Orson, shows a touch screen that takes up the entire face of the iPod. In Menu mode, it's essentially the same as a current video iPod. But it can be turned on its side for a larger, widescreen view.
September 11, 2006 6:19 PM PDT
Photo by: iLounge.com
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