Will we see a touch interface on the iPod Classic?

Apple debería reinventar la rueda

Today I remembered a post I wrote back in May 2009 at Apple about how the iPod wheel had fallen behind. And I remembered it for two reasons. First, I started loading it and I thought again what I thought in May 2009, that the wheel-based interface needs a boil because it has been overloaded with so many options. The second reason is that I thought it wouldn’t be unreasonable to have an iPod Classic but with a touch interface on its screen similar to that of the new iPod nano .

Will we see a touch interface on the iPod Classic?
Will we see a touch interface on the iPod Classic?

Let’s see, we have two options. The first would be to bury the wheel completely, adding touch controls to the Classic’s screen. If they’ve done it with the nano, it can be done the same way with the family classic. You could even incorporate the volume up and down buttons of the nano on the side of the Classic, and the development of the adaptation would be minimal. If Apple wanted to curl the curl a bit, and according to some patents of its own, it could even program the wheel on the screen itself in a virtual way. By moving your finger in circles on the screen, you could then show the wheel and change songs or turn the volume up or down. And the second option would be to continue with the real wheel for the most basic playback options, leaving the touch screen to access lists, songs, control of some games, etc.

If you do any of the above options, I don’t think the screen would grow much larger than what the Classic has today, so as not to compete with the iPod Touch. I don’t think the size of the Classic can be reduced much more either, since the factor that makes it impossible to decrease its size is the hard disk inside. The only way to do that would be to replace it with solid state memory, but since they are much more expensive than a hard drive today, I’m sure Apple won’t go down that road. So, unless Apple is surprised, I don’t think the size of the drive or its overall appearance was very different from what we have today.

Truly, usability would gain a whole lot in the most classic iPod model. A lot of us like to take all our songs with us, and I honestly don’t think Apple wants to stop making the Classic, but it’s really sad to think that there hasn’t been any update to it even though I think it’s crying out for it. Macrumors, that site you have to go to when you want to see if you can leave your money or wait a little longer for an update, indicates in its shopping guide section that the last update of the Classic was produced 444 days ago. That’s why they recommend not buying it and that we wait for the next update. Let’s see if it’s true and Apple gives us good news for iPod Classic users.

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