An imaginative Apple fan's iPhone concept design
Currently Apple-related rumour-mongering is centred on the imminent release of a 3G iPhone, but let's return for a moment to that other Apple icon: the iPod.
The last batch of iPods — including the iPod Touch and updated versions of the Classic and Nano — came out in September 2007. Going by Apple's usual release schedule, we're likely to see fresh additions to the line-up in September 2008. But what will the updates consist of?
Rumours surrounding the second-gen iPhone mention haptics — or tactile feedback — technology, as well as a GPS. If these phone features are revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, we're likely to see them on Apple's music players shortly after. This happened in 2007: when the iPod Touch debuted its interface it was virtually identical to that of the January iPhone. Breathless bloggers relaying information from the product announcement keynote even referred to the player as the "iPhone without a phone".
With all that in mind, here comes the fun bit: group participation. We want to know what you would like to see in the next iPod. What would it look like? What features would it have? Leave your comments below and we'll assemble a portrait of the perfect music player. Oh, and no need to feel bound by the constraints of reality.