With rumors of a new iPod Touch and an updated and renamed Apple TV in full swing, I think it’s time to highlight some of the things that will really make these products amazing. It will be interesting to see how many of these will appear at the Apple event likely to take place in mid September.
iPod Touch 4th Generation
- iPhone 4 power – An A4 chip should be included so that all the same games and apps can be run on this new iPod.
- Retina Display – The new screen from the iPhone is likely to make an appearance in the iPod Touch as well, as long as costs aren’t too high.
- Twin Cameras with FaceTime support – I always thought having one camera would be a cool addition to the iPod Touch for quick photo taking and easy uploading. Video recording and a front facing camera for FaceTime and possibly Skype video calling would be a great bonus.
- FM Radio – Sometimes it’s nice to have a radio for when you don’t know what you want to listen to. At the moment I have to use my phone for radio. It works but I’d like to be able to use my usual headphones and save my phone battery. I think Apple could do a great job with something like that, and they’ve already proven it with the iPod Nano last year.
- A built in Mic – If the iPod had a mic build in just like an iPhone then you could use Skype like a real phone. It can be a hassle and uncomfortable to use an inline mic or a headset.
- Gyroscope – It’s the latest innovation for iPhone gaming, and it should come to the iPod as well to keep them equal.
- Podcasts Subscriptions – Your podcast subscriptions should be transferable to the iPod for easy downloading and managing of episodes. Currently you can download episodes through iTunes but you must search for the podcast you require every time which is far from ideal.
- Low cost – If the sub $100 price tag is true then it will become a mainstream product where the original Apple TV failed to. This product category is really maturing now and has the potential to become another pillar of Apple’s business alongside the iPod, iPhone and Mac.
- App store – An app store is essential. With this they can do what they did with iPad in making modified apps to suit the device. Things like NetFlix, Cable TV integration like Google TV, an iTunes subscription service and even games are likely to come from this.
- Gaming – This device will likely represent Apple’s best chance of entering the console games market to date. iPhone games have exploded and if priced well iTV games can do the same easily. If the box has bluetooth, they can even make a controller like a PS3 duel-shock to play games on. Even without that, the potential for casual games is enormous.
- Podcast Subscriptions – At the moment you can stream your downloaded podcasts over the air from your computer to your Apple TV automatically. This is complex though and I think there should be a way to subscribe directly on the device itself to cut out that complexity and give people more options.
These are a few of the most talked about as well as my own ideas for these devices. Whether or not the new Apple TV will be showcased at the upcoming event or not is unknown, but even so, I’m really looking forward to it and hope as many of these come true as possible.