Don’t expect an iPhone UI for the iPod any time soon

May 29, 2021

Since the iPhone’s introduction in January, the requests and baiting rumors for a touch-screen iPod that looks and acts like an iPhone - sans the actual phone - have sounded from every corner of the web. The world is inarguably intrigued by this new UI Apple developed for their highly anticipated gadget, and many are waiting with bated breath and credit card in hand, believing the iPod will naturally gain these touchy-feely features any day now. Put yourself in Apple’s shoes: you’ve just smashed one out of the park with the iPod. Next: imagine that, after introducing the iPod and giving it that nudge it needed to skyrocket in popularity, you embark on another project, spending at least four and a half years developing a killer mobile phone + DMP + internet device the likes the world has never seen. A key factor here, oh reader who is momentarily in Apple’s shoes, is that the mobile phone market currently speaks in the mouth-watering language of ‘billions,’ while Apple’s iPod sales - impressive as they may be - are playing in the kiddie pool at ‘millions.’ Whether you want a mobile phone packed into your iPod or not, you can’t ignore the fact that the mobile phone market makes iPod sales look like the Zune’s on a good day.

After all that work, Apple is going to want - nay, need - to squeeze the iPhone for every penny they can, especially in the incredibly competitive market of mobile phones where look-alikes are already cropping up.

[Via tuaw]

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