Friday, April 25, 2003

yes, it's that time again!
Inaccuracies Abound!

That's right folks, Mac OS Rumors has made their latest predictions, and boy are they... interesting. At the very least, they're worth looking at, for the sake of pointing out their errors.

Of greatest interest, and almost exclusive focus in MOSR's latest "report," is the upcoming iPod update (see that new nifty "Rumor Watch" thingy on the left side of the page). Yes, everyone agrees the long, long awaited iPod revision will finally, finally see the light of day on Monday, but there are still many questions about the new models.

Think Secret first reported that the new iPods would see a surprising design change, with the control buttons moving away from the signature scroll wheel.
Well, the folks at MOSR have taken that idea to a new level, with their prediction that the user interface will change so dramatically, that the current iPod's will be known as "scroll wheel" models. What will the new models use for interfacing? They don't know.

Here's the kicker, their prediction comes from the latest iPod software update (1.2.6) which mentioned it: "Improves battery life for all models including scroll wheel models..." Listen carefully. It's the sound of a mechanical scroll wheel, like the one in all 5 GB iPods. I can say with 100 percent confidence that Apple meant the mechanical scroll wheels there. Apple won't remove the innovative and lovable scroll wheel from the iPod.

You might remember that a while back people speculated that Apple would put a color screen with JPEG and MPEG support in a so-called "iPod 2." MOSR won't let sleeping dogs be with this one, claiming that - while no such feature will be added in Monday's release - Apple will eventually use an iPod-like device for such video and picture stuff... at some point, eventually. Gotcha.

Finally, the granddaddy of MOSRs speculation, the new iPod prototypes they reportedly saw a few months back. Sure they did. MOSR claims these prototypes had a different scroll wheel that was smaller (but didn't they just claim that Apple was possibly getting rid of the scroll wheel?) and had better traction. They also say the display is larger with twice as many pixels, raising the question: Where is there room for that? Lastly, there's this quote, straight from MOSR: "[the prototypes] included an impressive new backlight which could be produced in several different color tints." I won't pretend to understand that one, and why it would ever be practical.

Of course, all this is followed up with a sentence informing us that the design released on Monday may very well not have some of these features, maybe (just possibly) none of them. We'll see in just a few days, until then it would seem there are inaccuracies abound, indeed.


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