iPod discontinued

Apple has announced that they will sell their remaining stock of iPod touches and then retire the iPod name.

If you really want one, get it while you can:

http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-ipod/ipod-touch?afid=p239%7C32…
http://www.macworld.com/article/699715/the-ipod-touch-is-fin…

For myself, I can’t imagine why I’d want one. Maybe I’d use it as a touch-screen interface to some maker device, but since I don’t have anything in mind, I just don’t see it. That said, touchscreen LCDs from places like Adafruit are typically resistive and are truly horrible.

-awlabrador

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For myself, I can’t imagine why I’d want one. Maybe I’d use it as a touch-screen interface to some maker device, but since I don’t have anything in mind, I just don’t see it. That said, touchscreen LCDs from places like Adafruit are typically resistive and are truly horrible.

Yeah, the iPod was world-changing once, but is now mostly superfluous. Do dedicated music players still exist? Indeed they do! Here are some VERY high-end ones (some over $1000 USD !!!):

https://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/portable/best-portable-mu…

I still have one of the original Touches, it actually began the family’s transitions to them and the iPhones as they were released, still remember the funny stuff it could do at the time, it sold itself…

Would you pay almost $4000 USD for a Sony 5G phone that’s also a high-end Walkman? That’s what Sony is betting on with a new device rumored to be coming out the December.

This video is only showing a design concept (I think), but the specs sure do look great IMO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ed3Iwk8DdU

Sure it looks chunky and Walkman-ish, but still very nice.

There’s an article here:

https://9to9trends.com/sony-w2022-5g-price-release-date-came…

But my god, the price! I can’t see them selling many of these at $4000 a piece. I mean, how much better is it than the best iPhone? I’d say only $500 - $800 better, if that.

I watched the video, but I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention. I missed the part where they say it is a phone. It is a phone, isn’t it? I was never a walkman owner but I can’t think of anything associated with the name way back when that isn’t already part of every smartphone.

The good news for Sony is that they are following the basic rule of differentiating your product. I noticed quite a few iPhone ways of doing things for which this had the opposite choice. I’m sure this is totally deliberate. More buttons, more connections, upgradable battery and storage… Apple has been headed the other way.

The cameras… I noticed one is listed as 64MP. I recently bought a top-end mirrorless (interchangeable lenses but not SLR) Sony A7R IVA. It is what they call a “full frame” model, which is to say that the sensor is the same dimensions as the old 35mm SLR film frame. That camera is 61MP, compared to 64MP on this. I’m sure Sony has provided some amazing optics, and an amazing sensor, but given the limits on lens and sensor dimensions I see at 64MP as part of one-upmanship, not a realistically useful feature.

The cameras… I noticed one is listed as 64MP. I recently bought a top-end mirrorless (interchangeable lenses but not SLR) Sony A7R IVA. It is what they call a “full frame” model, which is to say that the sensor is the same dimensions as the old 35mm SLR film frame. That camera is 61MP, compared to 64MP on this. I’m sure Sony has provided some amazing optics, and an amazing sensor, but given the limits on lens and sensor dimensions I see at 64MP as part of one-upmanship, not a realistically useful feature.

While it’s true that no smart phone camera is going to be able to attain the best image quality possible with a dedicated DSLR, the thicker the phone body, the better the camera optics can be. I don’t know if it’s possible to fit a full frame sensor in this new phone, but the sensors themselves are flat, so phone thickness wouldn’t be the limiting factor.

I believe there are already some smart phone cameras that boast >40 MP, but none are as good as a good DSLR. And believe it or not, the camera in the upcoming iPhone 14 is rumored to be 48 MP! From https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/iphone-14

Latest rumors: While Apple may have evolved its camera sensors in previous years to include telephoto, wide, and ultra wide variations, there has surprisingly never been a megapixel upgrade to the rear camera since the release of the iPhone 6S.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are rumoured to include a new main sensor upgraded from 12MP to 48MP, informed by a TrendForce report detailing camera module shipments. It also seems that Apple will support both 48MP and 12MP shooting modes to allow for 48MP images to be captured in well-lit conditions and 12MP images in lower light, giving users the option to choose.

The 48MP sensor will likely be limited to only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. Speculation (via 9to5Mac) also suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro models will feature a different kind of punch-hole display for the front-facing camera, perhaps a notch taking the shape of a pill.

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