Bluetooth iPod preparing for lift off?

Apple had a strangely quiet 30th birthday over the weekend, but it hasn’t been staying in and watching Pixar films – according to a UK retailer we’ve

Apple had a strangely quiet 30th birthday over the weekend, but it hasn’t been staying in and watching Pixar films – according to a UK retailer we’ve been speaking to, it’s been adding the finishing touches to a Bluetooth iPod.

Rumours of a ‘Pod with the wireless tech built-in reached fever pitch in February 2005, but it looks like the jukebox is finally ready to appear in the Apple store, along with a deluge of accessories.

Chief among these would likely be a pair of Bluetooth headphones, similar to Jabra’s BT620s, pictured above left. The way we see it, Sony Ericsson’s W950i Walkman phone launched with the optional HBH-DS970s, and the iPod will need the option to compete with its many music phone foes.

So, what else could you do with a Bluetooth iPod? Well, it could let you broadcast music through your car speakers in much the same fashion as Sony’s MEX-BT5000, negating the need for fiddly plug-ins or illegal iTrips. Mac site Macsimum interestingly suggests Bluetooth photo frames could be on the cards, judging by Apple’s recently filed patents.

There are also some potentially nefarious uses that'd explain why the concept’s been so long in the making. You could transfer tunes wirelessly between iPods or, even better, create a personal radio broadcast that people sitting near you on the bus could tune into.

One thing a Bluetooth iPod 1.0 probably won’t include is ultrawideband, the new super-fast, video-streaming version of the wireless tech [story here] that could in future let you stream films to TVs around the home from your little jukebox.

Apple, of course, loves nothing better than to dismiss such rumours, preferring to maintain a poker face until launch day, but you’re sure to find out the minute we get the press conference invite.

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