USI and Foxconn reportedly to make Wi-Fi iPod

DigiTimes is reporting that Apple plans to launch new iPods featuring Wi-Fi in the second half of 2007. Contracted by the Cupertino-based iPod maker, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) will produce the Wi-Fi modules and Foxconn will perform as the OEM system assembler, according to Taiwan portable music player component makers. USI will begin shipments later in April, while Foxconn may do so in the third quarter. Samsung and Sony are also planning to offer similar products, the sources indicated. AppleInsider's sources initially reported that three distinct iPod models lie on Apple's roadmap for 2007, later adding that one of those players, a next-gen video iPod, was tracking for a third quarter release.

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News source: DigiTimes (via AppleInsider)

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Am I the only one that thinks that DigiTimes may once again have gotten the details mixed up and they are simply talking about the iPhone (which does include WiFi, BTW)? It certainly wouldn't be the first time they took a bit of information about future iPods and got it totally wrong.

So, Apple is stealing from Microsoft because they implemented WiFi.. I didn't know MS had exclusive use of WiFi. Its new technology. The point is that the iPod didn't need WiFi. It still doesn't, but its just another notch on their list of features. All of you Zune owners should be embracing Apple's inclusion of the standard since MS will have to open WiFi up quite a bit on the Zune.

Quit being children already.

So, MS is stealing from Apple because they implemented RoundStartButton.. I didn't know Apple had exclusive use of RoundButton.

Quit being children already.

You can't blame Microsoft for the Zune wi-fi. Blame RIAA and MPAA. If microsoft didn't implement the 3 day timebomb, then they would get sued. All they did was cover their ass, which all companies do.

And as microsoft has themselves said that DRM is not the way to protect music. I am pretty sure Zune 2 will have unlimited wi-fi.

[btw for those of you that know, there is a patch to workaround the 3day timebomb] But i don't know where to get it from. so don't message me.

They're adding Wi Fi for the sake of adding Wi Fi - everyone else is adding it now - and depressingly enough it'll probably be more effective as you're more likely meet someone with an iPod. Though things may change when Zune 2.0 comes out I guess.
Though I want one which can actually the Wi Fi properly, not some crippled song sharing scheme.

yes but... the problem is that in their arrogance they said something in the line of "who the hell needs wifi in a music player" when zune came out...

Its not just they are slow on adding it... but they said that it is useless, if only MS had the nerves to throw a few punches at Apple direction for that... but MS like to work discreet

Beastage said,
yes but... the problem is that in their arrogance they said something in the line of "who the hell needs wifi in a music player" when zune came out...

Its not just they are slow on adding it... but they said that it is useless, if only MS had the nerves to throw a few punches at Apple direction for that... but MS like to work discreet

Apple attacks Microsoft, Microsoft attacks GNU/Linux. The cycle of life.

"in their arrogance they said something in the line of "who the hell needs wifi in a music player" when zune came out..."

This is wrong. They specifically attacked the idea of using wifi for music sharing, not wifi in general. Remember Jobs' comment about sharing earbuds? That was it.

This story is just a rumor but I imagine if Apple does add wifi to the iPod it will be for wireless synching and streaming which is to me the killer feature for wifi on a portable music player.

I guess in this case, Microsoft did it first but Apple did it right.

Well, they made fun of Vista for its delays then delayed their own operating system.

Then they made fun of Zune and now they're copying features from it.

But desptie the hypocricy this 'Wi Fi' is of course an original, new idea and Zune's stinks.

Next week: Apple invents the two button mouse!!! Another clever, original innovation.

I'm more interested in an wifi mp3 player that will let me stream from wifi, sync via wifi and has wifi diskmode.
I don't give a dam if apple is the one to do it. And if they do it i will call them the inventor of wifi mp3 player cause to me the zune wifi is as good as having never existed. Because it's a failed attemp at a wondeful concept. Implementing this alone would have made the zune a true ipod killer.

Darkinspiration said,
I'm more interested in an wifi mp3 player that will let me stream from wifi, sync via wifi and has wifi diskmode.
I don't give a dam if apple is the one to do it. And if they do it i will call them the inventor of wifi mp3 player cause to me the zune wifi is as good as having never existed. Because it's a failed attemp at a wondeful concept. Implementing this alone would have made the zune a true ipod killer.

Good point. The WiFi features on the Zune are a joke in my opinion.

Hmm, im still not liking what apple are doing now, theyve just had a "major setback" in their OS, and now theyre planning other things?

get real

*clears throat and walks up to podium* Ahem.... Cupertino... start your photocopiers *coughs and starts photo copying zune*

btw thats a joke so dont take it personally