Apple 'PhotoPod' Rumored To Be In Production

The iPod looks set to make a further step into PDA territory if claims that Apple is preparing a 60GB model equipped with a 2in colour display and iPhoto synchronisation prove correct.

"Highly reliable" sources cited by Think Secret claim that the new model is currently in production, presumably for a pre-Christmas introduction, and will make photo viewing a key feature.

The new machine is said to be based on Toshiba's recently announced 1.8in 60GB hard drive, but that was always a logical move given Apple's long-time partnership with Toshiba for iPod hard drives. The colour screen is more interesting, since it's somewhat contrary to one of the iPod's key selling points: its simplicity.

The device will tie in to Apple's iPhoto software, which currently only runs on Mac OS X. Will the new machine, like the original iPod, remain a Mac-only product, or does Apple have iPhoto for Windows ready to launch?

ThinkSecret's sources claim the new iPod will sport audio/video out ports, but it's not clear whether that's in the player, its docking cradle or both. Together, the whole package will retail for a premium $499, the sources say - $100 more than the 40GB monochrome model.

News source: The Reg

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