When I started this weblog, I was determind to avoid the rumors. Let’s face it, it’s easy to write news stories about nonexistent, mythical products that may or may never appear, and may well be completely different to what Apple eventually comes out with. Especially when Apple’s policy of remainly steadfastly mute about such products provides a license for anyone to write pretty much whatever they please.
You can hear the ‘But -’ coming, can’t you?
But - since Think Secret posted a story about the possibility of a new iPod, resplendent with color screen and the ability to display photos, everyone has been jumping on with their own rumors, counter-rumors, and jovial linky-lurve.
A photoPod sounds exciting to some, if this kind and amount of coverage is anything to go by.
But I can’t get excited about it. The iPod has worked because it does its job extremely well. It lets you carry your music collection around in your pocket, and listen to it. But a device that lets you carry your music collection and your photo collection around in your pocket? Um, why? I can see why some people (duh, photographers) would love such a device, but for me, it’s something that sounds cool only in the technical sense, not in the practical sense.
Why? Because when I’m looking at photos, I want to see them properly. Squinting down at a tiny 2-inch screen, or worse still, trying to share a tiny 2-inch screen with a bunch of friends, just doesn’t sound like much fun.
I agree with Christopher Breen; tiny little screens of the size you see on phones, or are likely to see on an iPod, just don’t do photos justice. A cheaper, smaller, Flash-memory iPod would pull in a lot more new customers than a more expensive, more complicated photoPod.
I have no doubt that Apple will announce new products soon, and some of them may even be iPods. But on average, Apple renews its computer product line every 173 days, and its a little more than that since the last announcement (the launch of the G5). So I think new computers (an eMac update? better spec laptops?) are very close.
PhotoPod? PicPod? Whatever it might be called, what good reasons can you think of for buying one?