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Apple iPod with Video and WiFi Capabilities?

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the speculate-wildly-please dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple is currently seeking an engineer for its iPod hardware division. However, they are not looking for just any engineer. They are seeking an engineer with WiFi and Video integration experience. 'The iPod group is looking for a Hardware Engineer. Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC's, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB), display types and video and analog integration.'"

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Slashdot's posting help wanted ads now? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110777)

How much does this cost? Or is it free for Apple?

Re:Slashdot's posting help wanted ads now? (4, Insightful)

BoldAC (735721) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110846)

Plus... there is no proof of this. This is just some blind quote from some random site! As far as we know, this guy made this up.

I know slashdot isn't "the press" but something to suggest that this is something more than randomly created news would be interesting.

New profit model:
1. Write interest, speculative quote
2. Make guesses about the quote
3. Get slashdot to bump your article
4. Google ads on make-up article
5. Profit!

Re:Slashdot's posting help wanted ads now? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110983)

I recall people complaining about that profit model here for a while now...

Re:Slashdot's posting help wanted ads now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10111013)

Whoever the new rookie may be, he's gonna be famous when he finally fills that job because this stupid story's been everywhere.

Re:Slashdot's posting help wanted ads now? (0, Troll)

strictfoo (805322) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110906)

Good question. Probably free considering how much slashdot's editors wack off about each typcial boring Apple news items.

So, Apple posted an ad to hire a guy with audio and video experience! Amazing. Because I know with most companies they typically are only looking for people that only have the required experience needed for a job in it's current state. Companies never ever look for employees who might have some skill sets outside of the required ones.

And how long does it take to go through the whole hiring process, and then get them up to speed on a very important product? 6 months? More?

Speaking of Apple and Free... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110936)

Free iPods, anyone?
www.freeipods.com [freeipods.com]

Re:Speaking of Apple and Free... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110988)

[shameless_plug]
What about free LCD Monitors or TVs? [freeflatscreens.com]
[/shameless_plug]

Hey, if it isn't a scam, you're gonna feel dumb...

Re:Speaking of Apple and Free... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10111012)

I will see your iPod and your TV, and raise you a computer [freedesktoppc.com] . Burn.

Bad form to mod down... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110985)

c'mon, it's funny...and interesting.

Why mod down? Have some fun. Lighten up.br.

No (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110782)

Don't be stupid.

salary? (2, Funny)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110789)

Lifetime supply of iPods!

Re:salary? (-1, Troll)

Emugamer (143719) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110826)

with some of the issues with ipod's batteries [ipodbatteryfaq.com] that could be worth quite a chunk of change!

salary?-Another "cluster" joke. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110843)

"Lifetime supply of iPods!"

Make a Beowulf Cluster of those.

FIRST! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110791)

Woo-Hoo!

Career choice (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110798)

Well I'd apply, but I'm too busy hanging around Slashdot.

What??? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110799)

What is this, Monster.com? We get product ads as articles, now we get ads for people to make new products as articles so we can get more products and therefore new articles?

My head is going to explode....

Re:What??? (4, Funny)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110942)

Yeah, it's one thing when it's articles based entirely on speculation but are at least written by columnists.

Now articles are appearing based on what's in the classifieds? Next we're going to see headlines like this:

"Bill Gates is looking for whores!"

with a link to:

"Seattle, Washington local single white male is seeking hot blonde."

Re:What??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10111086)

Bill Gates is married with child[ren].

Ok, we know /. is anti-M$ (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110802)

But to make the frontpage ad-space for Apple... is beyond me.

Re:Ok, we know /. is anti-M$ (1)

joeldg (518249) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110865)

no kidding..
what the hell is going on?

lets all submit our resumes as a story on slashdot and see if we can get a large audience for our job searches?

Better yet, lets submit stories that are nothing but amazon affiliate links?

sigh

very likely that it's likely? (5, Funny)

randyest (589159) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110804)

From TFA:

"The iPod group is looking for a Hardware Engineer. This person will be an individual contributor on a top notch team with responsibilities for the design, implementation, and integration of digital and analog electronics. Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC's, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB), display types and video and analog integration."

Does this mean we are very likely to see an iPod with a video display and capable of sending and receiving music via WiFi? This is very likely.

What strange language the author uses there. Is he answering his own question about whether it's very likely by saying yes, it's very likely? Or is he saying that it's very likely that it's "very likely?"

I think it's very likely that I'm confused ;)

Re:very likely that it's likely? (4, Funny)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110837)

And I think it's very likely that anyone what reads your post will be MORE confused... :p

Re:very likely that it's likely? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110981)

No! It's very likely that they are very likely to misunderstand his very unlikely post.

Re:very likely that it's likely? (5, Funny)

gryphokk (648488) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111034)


It's like, "How much more likely could it be?" and the answer is "None. None more likely."

Re:very likely that it's likely? (4, Funny)

Wordsmith (183749) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110913)

With apologies to Brian Regan:

It's many more more likelier. Moosen.

Expanded iPod (5, Insightful)

fussili (720463) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110814)

Well, Apple's already moved into the 'home broadcast' sector with the Airport express streaming music via 802.11 protocols, so it wouldn't seem too far a stretch for them to start streaming video or DVDs around your house, perhaps onto a vPod.

However the amount of battery consumption for such a beast would be epic.

Re:Expanded iPod (1, Funny)

Donjo (797935) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110869)

They can't name it vPod! It doesn't have an "i" in it anywhere, maybe ivPod or maybe we could throw in some crafty words like "life" or "motion" to attract the artsy types. Wait, they already did that.

Re:Expanded iPod (4, Funny)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110933)

They could call it the ivpod.

The ivpod. The only digital music player you can wire directly into your veins!!

Job Requirements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110815)

Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC's, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB), display types and video and analog integration.

So they're looking for someone with experience designing video iPods. Not asking much are they?

Re:Job Requirements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110893)

As long as you have three years Microsoft Longhorn experience, I'm sure you'll be fine.

Hopefully They will... (3, Insightful)

Donjo (797935) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110816)

...set the standard for this sort of thing and give other people something to copy off of so we can start getting some better products of this type. I really thought they would have jumped on this bandwagon a while ago....

Synapse (2, Funny)

FauxPasIII (75900) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110817)

Obviously they're running into troubles... their adapter can't overcome the bandwith limitations of wireless handhelds. The
picture goes fuzzy...

Disinformation? (3, Insightful)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110818)

I wouldn't put too much stock in a job ad. If I were Apple I would add as much miscellany to the ad posting as possible to distract the competition.

Re:Disinformation? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110873)

Which would completely eliminate the purpose of listing a job ad...

Don't you list necessary skills relevant to the job, not disinformation to distract over zealous rumor mongers?

Re:Disinformation? (3, Interesting)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111028)

Not necessarily. Supply a long list of (possibly) relevant skills, and then narrow down requirements when you meet with the candidate under NDA. If you're trying to keep plans top-secret, this is a good way to do it - it's not as if Apple had any shortage of candidates to hire, or they hired solely based on the response to an online ad.

Re:Disinformation? (4, Insightful)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111082)

Are you kidding? Have you ever seen an IT job description? Most of the ones I've seen are long lists of technologies (that are often mutually exclusive), written to be as vague as possible. I've seen junior programmer positions w/requirements that would make a Senior Architect nervous...

Re:Disinformation? (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110876)

I'm not sure that the competition will come up with a really "competitive" device on such short notice. It doesn't sound like Apple's just starting to think about this, but imagine if you were working for [insert other portable media device manufacturer here] and saw this ad? Would you immediately start spending money to try and come up with it, or would you let Apple create a market for it? I doubt that many companies would pour the money required into something like this without a solid business plan and strategy.

But I agree that it's silly to rely on a job listing for news.

Re:Disinformation? (2, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110968)

Assuming this job ad is real, it wouldn't be that big of a surprise. For one, Apple did the same thing amid the rumors that iTunes would be ported to Windows. Apple later confirmed this. For another, I thought that Apple had already stated that video was a direction they were considering taking the iPod. Why are we bothering with this front page post when we already know it's coming?

Besides, Microsoft has already started releasing specs for their own portable multimedia handhelds. Apple announcing that they're working on one doesn't change things a bit. You see, Apple doesn't want to be first. They want to be second so they can learn from their competitor's mistakes. Just like they did with the iPod. :-)

2 things (4, Insightful)

StevenHenderson (806391) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110823)

Two thoughts:

1) Why do they feel the need to complicate the iPod? People love the fact that it does one primary thing, and does it brilliantly. The iPod is expensive enough without any more frills.

2) If they are just looking for an engineer now, just think how long before any product sees the light of day.

Re:2 things (4, Insightful)

artemis67 (93453) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110946)

Considering that their Airport Extreme is geared towards wirelessly serving up music from your computer to your stereo system, making the iPod wireless is just a natural evolution.

Re:2 things (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110960)

I'd imagine they want the skills for another unrelated media product (set-top box?), but its convenient to advertise it for iPods...

That said, they did advertise the iTunes for Windows dev job openly before admitting the product was pending.

Re:2 things (2, Insightful)

s_mencer (239965) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110967)

who says they are going to complicate the iPod. perhaps they are just looking to the engineers from the iPod group to come out with a NEW device. they did a great job designing the iPod, now maybe they will design a great video device.

Re:2 things (1)

attam (806532) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111059)

If they are just looking for an engineer now, just think how long before any product sees the light of day.

just because they are looking for anotherengineer now, doesn't mean this project (whatever it may be) hasn't been underway for some time now. perhaps they lost a member of the team and are looking for a replacement or something.
as for the first part of your post, who says this media wi-fi thingamabobber will be an iPod replacement? perhaps it (if "it" in fact exists) will just be another member of the iPod family. like an iPodAV or something like that.

hello and... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110825)

W - T - L - W

sheesh.

it shows you that... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110828)

...apple has trouble hiring people! Who the heck would want to program in Objective-C?

Re:it shows you that... (5, Informative)

jared_hanson (514797) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110926)

/me raises hand.

I usually don't reply to ACs, but the Objective-C bashing is just ignorant. Objective-C is not used much outside of the Mac OS X development community, but that does not make it a bad language. I've programmed fairly extensively in it, and I can say that it is a truly incredible language that makes tasks really simple. It is a true object oriented language (everything inherits from NSObject) yet you still get to keep pointers, which gives you a lot of power as well. It has the power of C++ and the ease of use of Java or C#.

I have yet to meet anyone with significant experience in Objective-C who can say they dislike the language.

Re:it shows you that... (3, Funny)

jcr (53032) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111001)

It has the power of C++ and the ease of use of Java or C#.

Ouch!

I know Obj-C isn't perfect, but saying it has the ease of use of Java or C# is a bit harsh.

-jcr

Re:it shows you that... (3, Funny)

jared_hanson (514797) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111089)

You're right. Obj-C is so much better that those two its not even funny.

The only reason I'm replying is to congratulate you on the benign post. Oh god, lame hex humor. I truly apologize. If I wasn't programming registers on a chip today that joke would never have happened. I promise. I'm going to crawl into a corner now.

Re:it shows you that... (1)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111071)

I have yet to meet anyone with significant experience in Objective-C who can say they dislike the language.

Not that I like or dislike Objective-C (never used it), but this statement hardly proves anything. All the ones that disliked it didn't hang around long enough to get significant experience... and its not like Java or .NET where you pretty much have to know one (or both) to be employed in corporate america these days...

Re:it shows you that... (2, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111025)

Who the heck would want to program in Objective-C?

More people than you think, AC.. We get a *lot* of applications for every open req around here.

-jcr

As Long as (1)

Braingoo (771241) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110829)

As long as they don't ruin the great quality of audio you get with the Ipod to get all the new features in there Im all for it!

Isn't it enough already? (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110832)

What's up with it? Yes, a small HDD with an old cellphone level electronics. $300 bucks it is not IMO. With "Video and WiFi" it won't be below $600 I guess and there are clearly better ways to spend them on quite cool gadgets.

Diamonds (3, Interesting)

Klar (522420) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110833)

I'm supprised they aren't looking for more jewlers after making P Diddy a diamond iPod [tacyltd.com] .. damn

Sigh... (1, Insightful)

Rxke (644923) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110834)

Not again, please.... Macrumors had this too, and a gazillion other messageboards, I'd bet.

Everytime Apple hires someone, people want to think it has to do something with the iPod.

They make pretty good computers too, you know?

Re:Sigh... (1)

Rxke (644923) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110863)

Sigh. Forget it, I'm a jerk, didn't even RTFH (headline)....

Re:Sigh... (2)

tciny (783938) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110866)

It's a job posting of the iPod hardware division tho, so I doubt they'll hire people for developing anything different than just what their name implies.

Re:Sigh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10111055)

Their computers dont run half of the hardware out there, are not expandable in case the default hardware configs don't work for you, don't support 90% of existing software applications out there, and cost more than the market is willing to pay for this lower-quality product.

Their digital music players on the other hand are a pretty well-designed product with content back-end where people can purchase legal music as much as they want. I've seen people love their iPods, I've never seen a person like their Apple computer, it's always some weird stuff like their FTP client does not work properly, or C# compiler hangs up.

GMail Accounts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110835)

I've got 5 GMail invitations to give out. First 5 people to email johnsondongwater@netscape.net get one.

Re:GMail Accounts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110932)

Just so you guys know, this guy is serious. I just emailed him and got myself an account. Not sure how many are left!

job requirements can lie (4, Informative)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110836)

I remember seeing plenty of ads in the DC metro area back in the mid-90s, in which corporations were seeking Java programmers with 5-8 years experience. I'm not kidding.

Obviously Apple knows their job announcements are scrutinized, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were casting a broader net than they need to be, as insurance against future needs that may or may not materialize.

How very surpirsing (1)

tciny (783938) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110840)

This was just a question of time. I'm rather surprised it took this long.

But still, I'm really looking forward to this.
I just doubt this new iPod will be as small it's predecessors...

Next in the news (1)

jsrlepage (696948) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110841)

KDLab iPod futuristic design (ispec) comes to life! View at http://66.216.122.95/_content/_reel/_movies/ispec. htm

I thought the iPod already had wi-fi and video.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110847)

I guess they're recruiting an engineer to write the firmware upgrade that will magicaly unlock color, video, and wi-fi in my new iPod. Hope it doesn't take too long...

Logical Next Step (3, Insightful)

Maestro4k (707634) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110851)

This isn't too surprising, it's a logical next step to take since digital video runs a close 2nd behind digital music in terms of popularity online. It'd also be a bit of a boon to portable video devices since not having to waste power to spin a disk would give longer battery life.

The only thing I wonder about is how the MPAA and its member companies will take this. Hopefully Apple's talked to them already or is in the process or they could find themselves with a wonderful videoPod without any way to get movies for it legally. Given their success with iTunes and the iTunes store I'm inclined to believe they have this worked out already though.

I wasn't as excited about the iPod since I have a portable CD/Mp3 player and it works fine for me. I would be quite excited and interested in a video device though.

Re:Logical Next Step (1)

H_Fisher (808597) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111091)

The only thing I wonder about is how the MPAA and its member companies will take this. Hopefully Apple's talked to them already or is in the process or they could find themselves with a wonderful videoPod without any way to get movies for it legally.

It's certainly an interesting concept - but how will it work? Remember, this is the industry behind ideas such as "disposable" DVDs and making it a felony to videotape a movie in the theater (with stronger punishments than you might get in some places for actually stealing a DVD from a store).

I find it hard to believe that the MPAA will like this idea; I find it harder to believe that, if they do help Apple out, it will be a good deal for the consumer. "Buy our heavily-DRMed, no-special-features stream of All Dogs Go To Heaven for $4 ... wait, nobody's buying it? Damn pirates!"

iP0D (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110854)

ur n3w 1 570p 5|-|0p 4 pr0n

Not only carries music, but it'll take in 40 gigs worth of divx or mpeg for your viewing "pleasure"

Included in the posh packaging is the new ipod, battery charger, headphones, and hand lotion. How thoughtful, Apple. Thanks.

My guess goes for revamped Airport Express (2, Interesting)

Trurl's Machine (651488) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110857)

I think in the next future Apple will improve its often underlooked yet very interesting piece of hardware - the Airport Express [apple.com] base station. Since we have now iTunes music streaming to your home stereo system, video streaming to your home cinema system sounds like the next logical step. I'd rather expect this "engineer" to work in this field. I don't believe in video iPod as it would be simply not feasible. You can walk the street and listen to the music, you can't walk the street and watch a movie (especially not on a 3-inch screen). At least not unless Apple introduces some nano-implants allowing the movie to be streamed wirelessly directly to your retina...

Not feasible?!? (2)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110964)

I don't believe in video iPod as it would be simply not feasible. More like already been done [archos.com] Maybe not sellable, but that's a different issue. Here's a hint: video out is pretty cheap and easy to implement, so that 3-inch screen is NOT a limitation. Look at how many people are buying DVD players for their cars. Look at the cars that are already iPod ready. Now put 2 and 2 together!

More Streaming Stuff (1)

Orange Apple (809503) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110859)

Now what? Streaming video from iTunes, i likie the one they have for music over teh network...

Ipod + Airtunes (1)

Emugamer (143719) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110870)

I just setup airtunes in my house (2 seperate places) and I have to say its been a lot of fun... with an Ipod wirelessly connected into it, I could see it being a whole lot easier, especially with friends coming over and bringing their own party list without the hassle of bringing them into the computer room

Shilling for Apple now? (-1, Troll)

cephyn (461066) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110882)

What the hell, this is front page news? Is /. going to start posting job ads for Apple, Redhat, IBM, and on to maybe Microsoft and SCO now? How about turning the IT section into Dice.com.

Nothing succeeds like success. (3, Funny)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110887)

I wish job postings for *my* company made it to Slashdot's front page on a Monday afternoon.

Re: engineer (2, Insightful)

EmperorKagato (689705) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110900)

Why only one engineer? I could understand if there is a hiring budget or time constraint(getting the new employees up to speed). If I was in charge or necessary resources for the project i would consider hiring more than just one. No telling what may happen(the Engineer's a control freak etc...)

Re: engineer (1)

SteveM (11242) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111015)

Why only one engineer?

Because this is a replacement position for an already existing project team.

SteveM

Re: engineer (1)

slungsolow (722380) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111021)

The single engineer is probably being brought in to work on an existing proof of concept. I am sure that this first engineer is just a pebble in the pond. Soon enough they'll get together a whole team

On a side note.. I think that the next iPod should have some kind of celluar integration. It would be nice to talk about with a 60 GB hard drive that does more than play music and solitare. It would also be nice to walk about with a picture phone that does more than ring when I am needed.

Think of the space in my pockets man. please

Re: engineer (1)

shadow303 (446306) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111050)

They probably already have a team put together and just need to fill it out a bit more.

I've been wondering when this would be announced. (2, Insightful)

zymurgyboy (532799) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110902)

It seems like a natural progression for the device. What I really want to know is what sort of WiFi they're looking into. Will it simply stream music and not video? If Apple does intend for this to stream video as well, as the "article" implies, 802.11* works well enough for audio, but the chop factor gets to be a big problem with video.

No mention of ultra wide band in there. It would be interesting if they tried it though. The iPod might have enough buy-in with consumers to make this technology finally take off.

Re:I've been wondering when this would be announce (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10111011)

but the chop factor gets to be a big problem with video not neccessarily if they devise their own airy fairy proprietary streaming protocol which will naturally be incompatible with everything else out there.

Output to Tv? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110915)

They better put some output to a tv on this thing...
Internet porn on the big screen, baby! Just how it was meant to be.

The Ultimate Plugin? (5, Interesting)

Dark Paladin (116525) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110916)

Apple should probably know by now that the iPod has a lot of "value added" potential, outside of the music player.

It functions exceptionally as an MP3/AAC/AIFF/Audible player - no dispute about that. It works well as an audio recorder from what I've heard. And it also functions "decently" as a calendar/address book/note taker.

Apple might be seeing something beyond a "video iPod". Personally, based on what Mr. Jobs has said, I'd be surprised if it went that route. Most people I know don't care to be watching video as they walk/exercise/work/drive.

But what if the iPod became more of a hub? Take the current Airport Express device - 802.11 device plus audio player and print server. What if your iPod could wirelessly transmit audio to it, so you wouldn't need another computer on all the time - just pick up the iPod, and it would be like a little remote. Or you enter the room with your iPod, and the Airport Express starts playing what's on there, so you have seamless music from your earphones to your speakers.

Imagine if that could be done with video as well - just take the videos you made with iMovie or one of Apple's major movie editors, and plunk it onto the iPod. Now you can go to the other room and demo the movie on the TV set.

Remember how The Lord of the Rings was downloaded onto iPods and transferred to the editing room? Imagine a digital video camera that, instead of a small tape, just plugged in an iPod - direct from video to hard drive, and then just plug it into the computer and edit away. Or, if you have a digital camera, same thing - and now you can wirelessly transmit those photos to your computer for editing/emailing and the like.

So rather than a "video iPod", I wonder if Apple won't make the iPod an extension of the "digital hub" idea. Of course, knowing Apple, those features will work best with a Mac - but if they get other companies like HP to jump on the bandwagon and support these functions with their devices and software, Apple won't care - they'll still be selling iPods and cashing in the checks at the bank.

Of course, just an idea. I could be wrong.

Archos functionality + Apple design = the a nswer (1)

deltwalrus (234362) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110918)

The iPod is elegant, but (IMnot-soHO) lags behind in features.

The Archos AV4xx is kludgy, but plays tons of formats and has lots of bells and whistles.

Methinks Apple ought to hire away the Archos engineers and bring function to their proven form.

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Re:Archos functionality + Apple design = the a nsw (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110939)

bells and whistles != good device.

Mind Control! (2, Funny)

zorgaliscious (619362) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110929)

Its a cover. With WiFi and BT it's going to be a way for Apple to control the masses with portable Reality Distortion Field generators everywhere!

Perks (1)

slipnslidemaster (516759) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110949)

I wonder what the perks are for this position?

Do they supply the propeller hats or are you reimbursed?

Do you get to pick your color pocket protector or are you issued the standard rainbow colored one?

Don't hold your breath (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10110974)

Even if this is iPod related, you are looking at two years at least before someone can come in, get a design finalized and send it to manufacturing.

Plug-ons (2, Interesting)

mveloso (325617) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110986)

You'd think that all this stuff (wi-fi, video) could be plug-ons for the iPod, much like the Media Reader and microphone.

Why burden the base unit down with this stuff when you can blast it to a plug-on? As long as the firmware supports it, of course.

OK, if no one else will say it, I will... (1)

spirit_fingers (777604) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110993)

Just give us iPods with frickin' lasers attached!

job description continues: (1, Funny)

ColonBlow (120356) | more than 10 years ago | (#10110998)

Must be willing to be the marketing division's bitch and have no ethical qualms with charging $400 for an mp3 player. Previous employment at Real Networks a plus.

Shipping (2, Funny)

The_Rippa (181699) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111006)

Here's a request from Apple: Instead of working on wifi, make enough of the fucking iPods you have now so that every retailer but you isn't backordered for weeks!

how could this not be true? (2, Insightful)

Hollins (83264) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111038)

This particular story may be a hoax, as others have pointed out, but how could Apple not be looking to add wireless to the iPod?

Wireless means:

  • no cables when synchronizing
  • play songs on the stereo while holding the iPod on the couch
  • share songs with people you don't know (and can't see) at the airport (ok, less likely given DRM, but cool).

With mp3 functionality being integrated into all-in-one cellphones, Apple could also being looking into this market, which may be critical for the survival of the iPod. And who better than Apple to give a simple interface that controls all these functions? BTW, I'm willing to give out gmail invites in exchange for completed referrals at freeipods.com.

Re:how could this not be true? (1)

user32.ExitWindowsEx (250475) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111079)

I still say the ultimate goal is to dump video over a special dock and send a 5.1 ch audio feed over the APE's optical out.

that would give apple the power to open an iMovie Video Store and offer DVD-quality stuff, as soon as the bandwidth (or codec) is upon us.

p.s. someone help me, please! I have 4 gmail invites and only need 4 people to complete an offer. [freeipods.com] sign up for infone or netscape...no fees, i get credit asap, and you can cancel it in a week or so.

Archos has a handheld music/video player shipping. (1)

TheNME (789963) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111039)

More "innovation" from apple.

no video (1)

rfernand79 (643913) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111043)

Steve Jobs has been clear in the past: there will be no video iPod. He thinks the movie industry is different from the music industry. A good prediction is adding wireless capabilities and enhanced display - think " iTunes' visualization mode. Groovy.

better coverage (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10111045)

From last week on The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/25/apple_ipod _wifi/

How can I get one of this... (3, Interesting)

NeoCode (207863) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111048)

Oh vanity, thou name is a dimond studded ipod [engadget.com]

Apple Psyops... (4, Interesting)

macthulhu (603399) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111049)

I think they get together in the boardroom once in a while and come up with stories to mess with people. Apple has a history of setting the bar on new tech, yet they don't (for various reasons) often get the credit for doing so. Perhaps it's a dual effort... Their "competitors" get thrown into confusion trying to figure out who they'll need to reverse engineer the product as soon as it's available, and the forums on places like /. go crazy trying to speculate what it is, and how it will perform... despite complete ignorance to what the product is.

If I were running Apple, I would do it just to read what all of us armchair quarterback types have to say about it. Think about it... People's guesses may be combinations of tech that Apple didn't think of yet, and they get free market feasability research at the same time. Plus, it's funny.

Of course, if I were running Apple I'd stop making products that get handled a lot out of white plastic (iPods, keyboards, and the like).

WiFi may be the way to go. (1)

Art_Vandelai (596101) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111054)

This may be the iPod solution I was looking for.

I was looking for a way that I can have my iPod close at hand while sitting outside the house in the backyard, and playing the music through speakers in the backyard, without having to use a computer or a remote control to do it, and without having to keep an amp/receiver outdoors.

iTrip can do it, but only with the degradation of sound quality that comes with broadcasting low power FM signals. And I want the full functionality and ease of use of my iPod - a PC/remote control setup wouldn't do, since a remote with an LCD would cost almost as much as the iPod does.

Since there are products that allow music to be WiFi'd from a PC to a stereo, having an outbound Wi-Fi signal sending music out from the iPod to the stereo is the next step. Of course, someone from the RIAA will find some way to make it more difficult for me to have such a convenient way to enjoy my entire CD collection. Neighbourhood WiFi music sharing, anyone?

Archos (0, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111080)

Archos already has 'em. [archos.com] They connect to the PC as a USB drive too, so there's no proprietary OS-specific BS.

I just wanted to mention this now, because in a year or two when Apple releases their video-iPod, the zealots will come out in droves claiming Apple "invented" it and everything else is a rip-off of Apple's design.

Just like they claim Apple invented the mouse, GUI based OS, portable MP3 player, WiFi, the laser printer, LCD monitor, etc..

I qualify with my A+ cert!! (4, Funny)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#10111085)

Experience in the following areas is important:

system integration - Check. I installed Samba last week

digital logic - Check. That's ones and zeros, right?

SDRAM - Check. I use that in my camera

Flash - Check. I flashed my DVD-rom thingy to be region free

ASIC - Um. That's like a CPU for a nintendo.

processor selection - Check. AMD beats Intel every time. Only fan boys use Intel.

ATAPI - Check. I've installed Harddrives before

various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB) - Check: I've got a GSM phone and a USB flash drive.

display types and video and analog integration. - Check. How easy peasy! Just match the colors on the cable plugs and the sockets.

Apple, here I come!

Wonder if I should change my name to "iMateito"?

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