The fakes based on the patent diagrams seen a while back seem cool but are actually a step back in functionality. The iPod AV as visualized would:
- not allow you to operate it from within your pocket
- not allow you to receive a tactile response for any of your actions (click of button)
- would require that you almost always have the hold switch active due to the large active surface
So the question as I lay there thinking about the dream was, how can Apple make an ipod that looks like the fake but works as well if not better than the current generation.
I came up with a few realizations.
- Fingerworks technology. I own and use a Touchstream LP keyboard. So I am familiar with the power of gestures on the touchstream. An iPod with fingerworks could detect how many fingers are being used. So for example:
- 2 finger strokes for volume control
- 3 finger strokes for seeking
- 3 finger tap for pause/play would allow an iPodAV to operate in your pocket.
- Screen as rocker. It may be possible to have the whole screen tilt/rock like the wheel which would be interesting.
I guess we'll see what Apple comes up with.
Photo is from the gallery at macrumors.com
Tags: ipod, macrumors, fingerworks