Will the iPod Video go widescreen?

Internet whispers are suggesting that a new video-playing iPod is in the works… and this time it’ll have a 3.5in screen for full viewing pleasure. Rum

Internet whispers are suggesting that a new video-playing iPod is in the works… and this time it’ll have a 3.5in screen for full viewing pleasure.

Rumour site Think Secret – which is so successful with its predictions that it was sued by Apple after it revealed details of the Mac Mini – is confident that a widescreen iPod is in the works, with the iconic clickwheel replaced by a touch-sensitive display. So we’ve mocked up a photo, above, of how it might look if you were watching Cameo’s video from the iTunes Music Store.

There are plenty of reasons to believe the story. For a start, Apple has been very keen to impress upon us that the current top-of-the-range iPod is not a ‘video iPod’ but an ‘iPod with video’ – which suggests a Video iPod might be in the works. Certainly the current version’s 2.5in screen really isn’t big enough for sustained viewing.

What’s more, Steve Job’s recent decision to sell Pixar in return for a large slice of Disney paves the way for an incredible amount of feature-length video content that could be sold through the iTunes Music Store. Or perhaps a new iTunes Video Store.

And then there are Apple’s recently filed patents for touch-senstitive displays, which could be used to create a big-screen video player without increasing the external dimensions of the iPod. You can see similar touch-screen technologies in action in a video here.

Apple celebrates its 30th anniversary on 1st April this year. We’re hoping for a birthday treat, not an April fool…

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