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