Next-Gen iPod to Feature 16 GB of NAND Flash Memory

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 07:55
Category: iPod

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Albeit Apple’s next generation iPod may be about a month away from release, the new model could feature some interesting changes. According to , which cites “sources at Taiwan-based component makers,” the “new iPod video” will incorporate 16 gigabytes of NAND flash memory.
The report also states that concerns are present that, in addition to the incorporation of NAND flash memory in the new iPod as well as a recent power outage experienced by
Samsung Electronics’ fabrication facilities, component makers have expressed concern regarding the overall NAND flash supply.
Apple’s current generation of video ipods is among the last of the firm’s devices to employ a 1.8″ hard disk drive. Since its introduction of the iPod Nano in 2005, Apple has shifted the memory base of its handheld devices to solid-state NAND flash memory. The new design would allow for increased durability in the iPod, remove moving parts from the unit, pave the way for smaller form factors and allow for a longer battery life.
The DigiTimes report makes no mention as to whether the 16 gigabyte video iPod would include a touch-screen interface similar to the iPhone’s.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and we’ll be covering the Apple product release as closely as possible today.
If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


blackipod.jpg
Albeit Apple’s next generation iPod may be about a month away from release, the new model could feature some interesting changes. According to , which cites “sources at Taiwan-based component makers,” the “new iPod video” will incorporate 16 gigabytes of NAND flash memory.
The report also states that concerns are present that, in addition to the incorporation of NAND flash memory in the new iPod as well as a recent power outage experienced by
Samsung Electronics’ fabrication facilities, component makers have expressed concern regarding the overall NAND flash supply.
Apple’s current generation of video ipods is among the last of the firm’s devices to employ a 1.8″ hard disk drive. Since its introduction of the iPod Nano in 2005, Apple has shifted the memory base of its handheld devices to solid-state NAND flash memory. The new design would allow for increased durability in the iPod, remove moving parts from the unit, pave the way for smaller form factors and allow for a longer battery life.
The DigiTimes report makes no mention as to whether the 16 gigabyte video iPod would include a touch-screen interface similar to the iPhone’s.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and we’ll be covering the Apple product release as closely as possible today.
If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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