Behold, the current generation of Apple’s iPod line. From left to right we have the fourth generation iPod shuffle, the sixth generation iPod nano, the iPod classic (or the sixth generation iPod), and the fourth generation iPod touch. While we’re certain that there will be a substantial iPhone refresh this coming Wednesday, there is no way of knowing what else may be planned — at this event, or at the rumored October event. However, it is apparent that the iPod line needs some attention, and it’s time for something new.
Could Apple be planning on doing away with its legendary click wheel? Are we going to see a discontinuation of the iPod shuffle? Could the iPod nano replace the iPod shuffle altogether? Are we going to see noteworthy new features in a new iPod touch? What has Apple been doing for the last couple of years while letting the above iPods sit on the back burner? What could be planned for the future of the iPod? We don’t know, but hopefully we will find out soon. I think that the iPod line is due not only for a refresh, but a complete overhaul. It’s time for a new product line (or two). It’s time for the iPod to re-emerge as one of Apple’s most innovative products. (more…)