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Apple’s iPod division seeking wireless and video experts

“Apple is looking for two iPod hardware engineers both with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi experience, opening the possibility that the portable music player may be upgraded with wireless connectivity.

... At the very least, Apple is keen on increased integration between Wi-Fi and iTunes, and there’s a big hole in its product line here: the remote control system. Whether it has in mind something a simple as an 802.11-enabled iPod, a more complex tablet-style computer, or both, remains to be seen.”

A critical excerpt from Apple’s job posting (emphasis ours) notes that:

“* Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC’s, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB), display types and video and analog integration.
* Broad experience: both digital and analog.

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Bluetooth is too slow and too small of a range to be useful.

802.11 a/b/g takes up too much power to be portable, unless you want to lug a battery pack around.  Wireless syncing seems pointless because you’re still gonna need a power cord to supply power and charge the iPod.

Posted by Think on August 25, 2004 at 6:45 PM (CDT)


WiFi dock to go with the airport express. That would be cool, and a step towards making the ipod/mini an alround music entertainment unit.

Posted by JDA on August 25, 2004 at 6:58 PM (CDT)


You would not have to worry about losing wireless earbuds.  You just fire up the ipod and listen for the music.

Posted by cgar on August 26, 2004 at 6:35 AM (CDT)


WiFi? Whatever. Now a AM/FM tuner would be fantastic. Although I have a 20gb capacity storage/playback device with thousands of various types of music, I really would like to be able to tune into high audio quality radio stations and listen to 10 songs repeatedly. I suppose I could re-encode my music library to FM quality and download commercials and throw them into my playlist…

Posted by hiTech on August 26, 2004 at 8:48 AM (CDT)


my thoughts exactly hiTech.

Posted by nice on August 26, 2004 at 8:59 AM (CDT)


Bluetooth is the future. It’s not too slow. According to this

the standard rate is 721kbps which is more than adequate to transmit 192kbps iTunes aac files. It is also low power unlike wifi. The trick is to get the headphone/earphone enough power without scacrifying the size and weight.

This would not be a problem with a bluetooth enable car stereo (i.e.: ‘04 Acura TL with NAV). But this car system is only optimized for bluetooth phone (voice quality) so only 4.8kbps is needed.

Posted by haitech on August 26, 2004 at 10:25 AM (CDT)


Actually, there is a bluetooth headphone available now for your iPod

Posted by haitech on August 26, 2004 at 10:34 AM (CDT)


And this is comming soon

Posted by haitech on August 26, 2004 at 10:49 AM (CDT)


It will either be a bluetooth chip in the ipod to use with various periphals (wireless accesories etc) or a super dock with all the bells and whistles you could ask for.

And for all the pole wanting am/fm radio apple would be much better of intergrating a DAB radio.

Posted by Will Burn on August 26, 2004 at 12:08 PM (CDT)



You’re right that Bluetooth has that theoretical data rate.

What you’re forgetting is the fact that the iPod has to decode the 128 or 192 kbit/s AAC file into uncompressed analogue audio to play it.

Unless you can put an AAC decoding chip in every Bluetooth headset, that’s not going to happen. I work for a mobile phone company, and am still unimpressed with Bluetooth for telephony standard audio, never mind hi-fi….

Posted by Tony on August 28, 2004 at 5:33 AM (CDT)



Let see: CD audio is sample at 44.1 kHz with 16-bit resolution. So the bandwidth requirement is 44.1 x 16 = 705.6 kbps so it right at the borderline of bluetooth capability. But I think it would be better to have the AAC decoding chip on the headset anyway to avoid decoding the aac/mp3 files then recencode for wireless transmission. I guess it would require co-operation of all the vendor on the standard for wireless hi-fi chips and transmission format.

Posted by haitech on August 30, 2004 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

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