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by Mike Zazaian October 20, 2006 - 11:46am, 24 Comments

Artist renderings of Apple's full-screen iPod

While rumors about a full-screen video iPod and uber-multimedia iPhone have been floating around for quite some time without confirmation, an anonymous source from Apple says that both products will be released around the new year.

According to an anonymous, yet Extremely well-informed exec at an Apple third-party add-on company, a 6th-generation full-screen video iPod will be released some time in December of 2006. As speculated over the past year, the device will include an touch-sensitive LCD screen that will cover one entire side of the device. The touch-screen will include a virtual scroll wheel, and will be able to display videos at resolutions as high as 480p. Said the exec:

This is why Jobs isn’t afraid of the Zune.

The anonymous executive also explained that the highly-touted iPhone will be released this January, as analysts had speculated. In addition to a slew of multimedia applications that the phone is rumored to be capable of, Jobs is alleged to be investigating an iTunes subscription service for the iPhone which would allow users to download songs for free as long as the subscription fee is maintained. The exec said that there’s no word as to whether WiFi capabilities will be included in the iPhone, but the following passage taken from a recent Apple iPhone trademark docket seems to suggest that it’s a strong possibility:

…electronic handheld units for the wireless receipt and/or transmission of data that enable the user to keep track of or manage personal information…software for the redirection of messages, Internet e-mail, and/or other data to one or more electronic handheld devices from a data store on or associated with a personal computer or a server; and software for the synchronization of data between a remote station or device and a fixed or remote station or device.

An apparently real image of Apple's upcoming iPhone

When the TrustedReviews writer asked the exec why any of this should be believed, the exec noted that Apple works extremely hard to keep manufacturers informed due to the fact that, it makes more money from the affiliates program than from selling iPods. The exec added that despite the enormous revenue that sales of the iPod and other Apple electronics generate, a majority of profit from the products comes from third-party manufacturers who license the Apple name to produce add-ons for their products.

He needs third parties to be ready with products when each new generation launches, said the anonymous exec, and we will be…

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