DigiTimes says that the next-generation 6G iPod video will feature touch-screen panels similar to the iPhone. The reported supplier of the capacitive touch-screen panels is Taiwan-based manufacturer WinTek. WinTek has yet to make an official statement due to customer confidentiality, but sources from upstairs have confirmed the news. The estimated shipping date of the panels is late 2007.Yes, it seems that the touchscreen device is the new, erm, non-touchscreen device. Now that Apple have pushed large touchscreens into the public gaze with their shiny iPhone, it's not surprising that some think they should roll that out to future iPods, too. The hardware is just one aspect of Apple's future success. It's rumoured that future iPods could run OS X, which might also imply they'd use Intel chips. As far as I'm concerned, Apple's "killer app" is becoming even clearer.
Fourth in a series of posts highlighting Tech Digest's pick of big technology trends for the second half of 2007... It may have escaped your notice, but there's a new mobile handset called the iPhone coming out this Friday. I know, you'd think someone would have publicised it. One of the most intriguing elements of Apple's handset is its tactile touch-screen interface, which goes further than merely dabbing at buttons with a stylus, and gets you using your fingers to swipe, slide and explore.