Apple iPod Touch large: I want one

Amid all the rumours that Steve Jobs is getting sicker comes what I think is a much more interesting rumour: that Apple will launch a larger-format iPod Touch. Not that I don’t care about Steve-O and his health, of course — I do. But when it comes to Apple products, I’m really interested in the idea of a kind of wireless mini-tablet with the multi-touch interface (something Chris Messina and others have mused about in the past).

Having had a chance to play around with both the iPhone and the iPod Touch, I found them almost irresistible as a quick Web-browsing device while sitting on the couch watching TV or even sitting with friends chatting. To have something a little larger — making images, video and Web pages that much easier to see — but with that touch interface and all of the iPhone apps, would be a pretty killer device I think. And as some have noted in comments on the TechCrunch post, it could be pretty stiff competition for the Amazon Kindle e-reader as well.

24 thoughts on “Apple iPod Touch large: I want one

  1. I'm looking at that mockup and I'm thinking that typing on it is going to be really tricky. The iPhone works because it's easy to hold in one hand and type with the other. That menu would also be really hard to use given how tightly the menu items are packed together.

    Of course, it's a fake mockup, so I guess the really hard part in using the device will be that it doesn't exist πŸ™‚ I'd probably buy one if it did though. Great for catching up on Google Reader.

    • Good point, Jay — to be fair, the mockup is actually an image someone came up with of what was supposed to be a Mac tablet, but the same criticisms would apply. I still think it could kick ass though πŸ™‚

  2. wow can not belive it.apple always create faboulas things.this sounds really cool.and the function it has are simply great.its stunning outstanding.i am waiting fot it to be lounched.
    surely i want one as well.

  3. I think Apple has to launch such a device because cheap netbooks are now robbing sales of traditional laptops. Apple doesn't want to drop the price of the MacBook, not by much anyway, so this device can meet the lower price point, leaving the “more powerful” MacBook where it is. I use quotes because for most people I think the new device would actually be superior, as I wrote at http://www.rohanjayasekera.com/blog/2008/12/dec… .

  4. Late, but… You know who would *love* this? My 70 year old Dad. He was blown away by the iPhone recently, especially Google Earth. If there were an option bluetooth keyboard and an easy way to wirelessly connect it to a stereo, this would be amazing. It's the perfect mix of the iPhone/Touch interface and size. I think a slightly faster processor would help – things like Google Earth are just too much for the iPhone – but… consider me intrigued.

  5. Imagine showing someone from 20 years ago the ipod touch. They would probly loose their mind. That makes me imagine 20 years from now what kind of mind boggling gadgets we will have. I cant wait for the teleporting. save me the commute to work

  6. Having had a chance to play around with both the iPhone and the iPod Touch, I found them almost irresistible as a quick Web-browsing device while sitting on the couch watching TV or even sitting with friends chatting.

  7. It would be great if apple came out with a larger memory capacity. They got a 32 gig but i would like to see at least a 60 gig.

  8. I found them almost irresistible as a quick Web-browsing device while sitting on the couch watching TV or even sitting with friends chatting.

  9. This sounds very cool, but they would have to have an alternative to the virtual keyboard. You can’t really hold a large tablet the same way you hold an Touch.

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