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Computing poll ends, iPod touch poll begins

With over 3,800 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“Which one of the following devices is your primary computer now?”—has ended. Readers could pick from Mac or PC desktops or laptops, as well as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or some other device.

Mac laptops led the pack of responses, with 28 percent of readers saying they were on some model of MacBook. Somewhat surprisingly—and definitely indicative of the impact Apple’s tablet is having on the marketplace—26 percent of readers said the iPad was now their primary computer. 54 percent of those said the iPad has overtaken their Mac as their primary computer, 42 percent said the same of their PC, and roughly four percent said their iPad was their only computer. 17 percent said they primarily use a Mac desktop, 12 percent of people said they primarily use a PC laptop for their computing needs—the same percentage that said they primarily use a PC desktop—followed by three percent who said they use an iPhone or other smartphone, one percent who said they rely on an iPod touch, and one percent who said they rely on some other computing device. Only 15 readers said they didn’t own a computer. Thanks for all your responses!

Our new poll focuses on the iPod touch. Given the increasing number of $200, 7-inch tablets on the market—most notably from Google and Amazon—we’d like to know what you think Apple should do with the iPod touch to stay competitive. Should it drop the price and improve the chips, do both, and enlarge the screen, or keep the same price, improve the chips, and radically increase the screen size to transform it into an iPad mini? Or should it discontinue it in favor of a $199, off-contract iPhone, or just leave it alone for (yet another) year? Our new poll—“What should Apple do with the iPod touch given competition from $200 7” tablets?”—lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left-hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Vote today!

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1

All Apple needs to do is see my 7 y.o. and her friends Facetime and texting via iMessages to know they’ve got one hell of a gateway drug with the touch for iPhones later in life. They shouldn’t abandon the pocket factor, but, unfortunately, the current touch is absolute crap for the money. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with mine for a while.

My opinion: make a 1024x768 retina class screen touch that would ease up pressure on devs to support so many devices, and beef the memory and processor up to stand side by side, if not beat, the iPhone for gaming. The touch *needs* to do something better than the iPhone/iPad or it’s going to become nothing but a toy for those too young and poor for a “real” i-Device.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on June 29, 2012 at 7:17 AM (CDT)

2

They should “slightly” increase the screen size without drastically changing the overall size of the device. They should also should put the best camera possible in it and GPS software enabling Apple to eliminate 2 more products that we all love and use; point and shoot digital cameras and portable GPS devices. They should also narrow it down to one, affordable hard drive space option of 64GB and eliminate all of the lesser hard drive options.

Posted by kneeandhip on June 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM (CDT)

3

Apple should add a data SIM card slot to iPd Touch and make it similar to an iPhone but without wireless voice. That would be a killer product, because users could use mobile voice via VoIP - inbound and outbound calls, phone numbers - paying extremely low prices.
However, there is a major barrier to such product: wireless carriers.

Posted by Marcos on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 AM (CDT)

4

If Apple does release the rumored 7-inch “mini iPad” at the $199 - $249 price range, there will be no need for the Touch.  In fact, I would not be surprised to see fall lineup replacing the Touch with the mini iPad.

Posted by Spaceways on July 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM (CDT)

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