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iPod and iPhone to become one…

an frontal photograph of the Apple iPhoneIn terms of design, the form factor of the case design for the Apple iPhone is spot on. It’s slim, lightweight and doesn’t scream mobile phone at you. And while it’s shape is similar to that of the Sony PlayStation Portable, it’s clearly more pocket friendly…

“Apple watchers Piper Jaffray released a report Monday predicting that Apple will soon update its high-end iPod lineup with a wide-screen model that looks an awful lot like the iPhone, just without the phone and data connections.”

I’m just wondering if the guys at Piper Jaffray read an earlier article of mine regarding the iPod and iPhone case designs before coming to their obviously astute and sound conclusion, mirroring my own views:

“In the coming months, I think Apple will merge the form factors of the iPod and the iPhone into one, taking the more pocket-friendly design of the iPhone.

I say this because Apple have hit the sweet spot in terms of user interface with the touch screen technology they’ve developed.

Also, the iPod sports PIM (Personal Information Manager) tools, and what do you need most when you’re using a PIM? A keyboard, of course.”

While the existing case design for the iPod will no doubt find its way into somewhere like the Design Museum at some point, given its iconic shape, those at Apple have to be less precious about such things and be mindful of trends, ergonomics and all good things known to the consumer electronics industry.

Taking a step back first of all, for a more holistic view of things, the iPhone case design is quite versatile, and I’d hazard a guess and say that Apple have kept the guts quite simple and open in terms of components.

Let’s not forget what Apple did with the innards of the G5; arguably the most well-designed computer in its class from the point of view of user upgradeability and maintainability.

And now taking a step forward to see where things are heading, I feel confident enough to make another prediction: I think that the iPhone form factor is just the beginning of a whole new class of consumer electronics that will make use of Apple’s impressive touch screen technology and their embedded version of Mac OS X 10.5 also known as Leopard.

Who knows, Apple might even do something weird like Open Source the hardware and the software. Stranger things have happened…

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

2 replies on “iPod and iPhone to become one…”

The convergence of all the various portable and not so portable devices we have access to would be very useful. I have a digital video recorder that is also a photovault and an mp3/mp4 player, but I cannot phone anyone on it. Whereas my phone is also a video recorder, calculator, voice record, FM radio/mp3 player, oh, and phone.

It would be so much nicer to have a Freeview-sat-mpeg5-iphone-pod-blog-webview-pocket-espresso-machine, don’t you think?

Half the problem is anti-anti-competition laws rather than technological limitations, of course.


We might laugh at the idea of the convergence überdevice, but if such a device solves a problem or better yet, several different problems, then why not?

That said, part of the battle that was won by Apple with regards to the iPhone was the ergonomics, which is where most other CE people fall flat on their faces…

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