I agree with almost everything Jesper of Waffle Software has said on his blog in the past. This is no different.
- Huge capacity iPod Touch (128gb?) with FaceTime-enabled cameras, iPhone 4 guts, and Retina.
- Goodbye iPod Classic.
- The Shuffle goes away, and in it’s place there is now an iPod Nano at the $99 price point, right in between the old Shuffle ($49) and the current Nano ($149). I doubt Steve will actually kill the Shuffle on stage, but it will quietly be taken off the store, lead to a remote field and abandoned to rot with its ancestors.
- Newly-christened iTV Developer Program
- TV Show Rentals for $0.99
- Wifi Syncing for iOS devices
- Streaming content from the iTunes Store (like, say, the aforementioned TV rentals.)
I’m not super sure about the Shuffle. The $49 price point is part of why the Shuffle exists in the first place, but I don’t know a single person who owns one. The primary market seems to be children whose parents wish to reward for less than $100, or people who work out and are afraid of breaking their iPod Touch or Nano. The price point is hard to argue with , though, as a gateway to the larger (more expensive) Apple ecosystem.
Wouldn’t it be something if the Nano got Facetime?