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4G iPod has secret features?

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By Dennis Lloyd

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Published: Thursday, July 29, 2004
News Categories: iPod

Time Magazine’s Wilson Rothman named the new 4G iPod the “Gadget of the Week” and noted that “you should know that internally the new iPod is a ground-up reconstruction, and its really compelling applications — the ones that very well might get the goat of anyone unable or unwilling to upgrade — are still secret. All that Apple is saying is that there’s more to this than what’s being publicized.”

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81

im thinking 802.11b or g transmitter acessory as well as software update to be used as airtunes to a airport express. now that would be cool, but if this happened would it be backward compadible with 3g?

Posted by blairy on July 31, 2004 at 12:10 AM (PDT)

82

wow, the conspiracy theories are all coming out. hey let me give tell you what the hidden features are: more peripherals which the 3g ipod could probably support but which can’t because apple won’t bloody release firmware updates for it, so that they can milk every last cent from your poor ipod-addicted selves.
4g ipod owners: i hope you enjoy your new purchase. in maybe 10 months it will be obsolete when the 5g comes out and apple makes you buy a new one.

Posted by agentsmith on July 31, 2004 at 4:20 AM (PDT)

83

hey yeah! the screen might be in colour! so we can make rainbow pictures on it. c’mon, what good is a colour screen for? you wanna watch videos on that kinda resolution?

Posted by agentsmith on July 31, 2004 at 4:24 AM (PDT)

84

Maybe we’ll be looking at the release of the PowerPods (iBook vs. Powerbook).

Posted by quadraphonic in alberta | canada on July 31, 2004 at 6:02 AM (PDT)

85

How about a WiFi addon, in the style of the voice recorder, the act as the airtunes remote. The new, bigger battery could handle the higher power requirement and the library information from the host computer could be streamed to the ipod to act as a remote control.

Posted by James on July 31, 2004 at 6:06 AM (PDT)

86

agentsmith,
you bought a 3g recently, didn’t you?

Posted by luke on July 31, 2004 at 7:37 AM (PDT)

87

You’ll never need more than 40GB, because eventually some bit of Apple software will format your iPod against your will.  Voila!  40 new gigs of empty space.

Posted by Blist on July 31, 2004 at 8:51 AM (PDT)

88

The reason for the color screen is probaly so you can choose your text’s color in the next update. And it would almost be impossible to watch a movie or view a pic on that screen.
I plan to keep my g3, unless Apple realeases a WiFi accessory, or a remote with a screen read-out.

Posted by A Happy G3 Owner on July 31, 2004 at 10:11 PM (PDT)

89

There might not be hardware in the new 4G, but remember that there is an expansion port. Perhaps there’s a WiFi expansion module on the way.

Posted by Paul A. on August 1, 2004 at 12:38 AM (PDT)

90

nope, i bought the 3g straight after it came out. and i had the 2g before that. it’s just that i don’t understand why apple expects us to upgrade every year or so to a player that has essentially few new features except for software improvements. c’mon, don’t tell me you need new hardware to include multiple on the fly playlists and to add a new menu option.
i’m quite pissed at how apple screws its old ipod customers every time it releases a new version.

okay, granted, 3g made the ipod smaller, and added the ipod connector. but the 4g has virtually no new hardware improvement. and if there is, why wait to release it? so that if sales aren’t good enough, they will release it to boost sales, and if it does sell well enough, to withhold the feature till they can figure out some way to make you pay more for it? if it’s because they haven’t fully developed the feature, then why release it so soon?

Posted by agentsmith on August 1, 2004 at 5:04 AM (PDT)

91

it sucks, but because apple has virtually no close competition, it seems to be abusing that position to overcharge/underprovide its customers. sigh. i would go for an iriver or creative, but i hafta admit apple has the edge. oh, but how they abuse it.

Posted by agentsmith on August 1, 2004 at 5:06 AM (PDT)

92

How do you guys know they the ipod doesn’t have WiFi?

what if the components are installed but the firmware/drivers needed to make it active won’t be appearing untill later updates?

hmmmmm

Posted by Fraggle on August 1, 2004 at 11:23 AM (PDT)

93

you can change what appears on the main screen by the settings.

Posted by tom on August 1, 2004 at 2:10 PM (PDT)

94

well, no 60 GB ipod means right now and in the term future - that does not mean forever - otherwise, they would lose sales of 40 Gb as some people might wait. XMas is a LONG ways off so ...

As for radio, we listen to ipods because radio is crap and I really wahnt a blast of static in my ear when I’m walking around.

Now XM or Sirius might be something!

Posted by jbelkin on August 1, 2004 at 4:21 PM (PDT)

95

Fraggle,

we know there isnt wifi because the 4Gs have been opened up already. There isnt any wifi gear of anykind

/me is gonna look an ### if he’s wrong

& a colour screen might not be much good for watching video, but album art and imported photos could look ok.

Posted by Chris on August 2, 2004 at 5:21 AM (PDT)

96

I did notice the Music sub menu, but I also saw the Audiobooks, and attributed it to that so that you could better refine your dir structure

Posted by Mesach on August 2, 2004 at 6:21 AM (PDT)

97

Some people are saying there is an optical port in the earphone “hole”. If there is, could this double as a data i/o port and provide the info for an LCD remote?

Also, I don’t see the point of wi-fi. They’re marketing the biggest improvement as extended battery life. switch on wi-fi or bluetooth and those benefits go straight out of the window.

Also, if it really is a colour screen, why only test blue in the diagnosis mode…. Seems strange and I suspect it is just a blue, black or grey screen.

I wish it were more, I really do, but I think the digital i/o port is all there could be, and even that is unlikely.

Posted by James on August 2, 2004 at 6:38 AM (PDT)

98

The future shouldn’t be a world where audio quality is worse than it was in the 90s…

The iPod will be “big enough” when I can stop compressing my audio files before I load them…

Until then, I will always be holding out for a bigger hard drive…

Posted by nomorecompression on August 2, 2004 at 11:40 AM (PDT)

99

You know how some people voiced concerns about how the screen was a different colour than the 3G iPod (text is now blue instead of black)? That’s because the firmware upgrade will reveal that the screen IS colour. All three of them (colours that is).
An iSight like attachment to record video (MPEG4) will also be revealed. As the bleeps above was wondering, at least one more menu item will appear with regards to the video aspects of the 4G iPod.
I think you all be surprised at what apple has achieved with this one…

Posted by JJ1974 on August 2, 2004 at 1:14 PM (PDT)

100

You know how some people voiced concerns about how the screen was a different colour than the 3G iPod (text is now blue instead of black)? That’s because the firmware upgrade will reveal that the screen IS colour. All three of them (colours that is).
An iSight like attachment to record video (MPEG4) will also be revealed. As the bleeps above was wondering, at least one more menu item will appear with regards to the video aspects of the 4G iPod.
I think you all be surprised at what apple has achieved with this one…

Posted by JJ1974 on August 2, 2004 at 1:16 PM (PDT)

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