New iPod with Mobile Front Row Illustration

February 10, 2006

I have spent a couple minutes into making this illustration for you to enjoy. It’s what I think the next iPod will look like.

iPod Video Mobile Front Row Image

The new iPod with Mobile Front Row and Airport Extreme built-in. Mobile Front Row includes Mobile Safari with tabbed-browsing and RSS. Connect to TVs via Universal Dock (sold separately). Features a wide touch-screen with a touch-sensitive click-wheel. Available in white and black and 40GB and 80GB versions. From $299.

83 Responses

  1. Craig says:

    Nice mockup – and it would be amazing if it was like that, however theres one big thing I disagree with : the touch wheel. By removing it Apple can supply a better iTunes interface and can support widescreen video. What I envision is something like that, where the screen goes all the way across, and on the sides of the pod (as in the parts where the metal casing starts), touch pads. That way the user can hold it and by adjusting their fingers can navigate the interface. Then add button ability to the touch areas and you’ve got yourself a nice little gadget.

    February 12th, 2006 at 1:42 am

  2. Craig says:

    I through together a HORRIBLE mockup based upon the above picture. I also didn’t take the time to think out where all of the buttons would go but its an idea – kinda based upon the button layout of a gameboy maybe?

    February 12th, 2006 at 2:06 am

  3. Appleologist says:

    I have seen mockups, such as yours, but I can’t imagine Apple getting rid of the click-wheel. The click-wheel is one of the best things the iPods have, and to get rid of it would be a big mistake.

    I failed to mention this, but I was thinking that the click-wheel would appear and disappear. If the user would touch the screen, the click-wheel would appear, but when the user is not touching the screen, it would disappear. I also imagined that the click-wheel should always be available when navigating in Front Row, which is what I made in the illustration. Then, when playing around in iTunes or watching a movie, it would toggle on and off.

    February 12th, 2006 at 9:09 am

  4. Craig says:

    Now that would be amazing! My only concern with that type of a design is the screen getting prints all over it and being visible when the wheel is gone.

    February 12th, 2006 at 2:40 pm

  5. Ken says:

    Very nice design. I’m in the camp that believes Apple would deliver it without a physical click wheel. It increases room for the display and, more important, cuts out the cost of the components.

    The important side would be software. It needs to act like iTunes where you can use your own CDs or buy on line. Too many potential customers have a nice library of DVDs and would want to be able to use them.

    $299 would be nice. Apple probably wants more. Pity. 10 out of 10 on the design effort.

    February 13th, 2006 at 11:53 am

  6. Appleologist says:

    I agree with your ideas, Apple needs to design the iPod music interface around iTunes. And remember you can always use HandBrake to get your DVDs on your iPod. ;)

    Yeah, $299 was my suggested price, although I really doubt it would start out with that price tag.

    Thanks for your comments.

    February 14th, 2006 at 2:13 pm

  7. Peter says:

    How about if the click wheel is seperated on a remote control. That way, there would be no need for making the screent a touch screen and no worry about prints. It can be a wired remote that goes between the earbuds and the device, or even a wireless one. I don’t know. Just an idea. What do you guys think?

    July 17th, 2006 at 11:07 am

  8. Appleologist says:

    I’m thinking that the idea of a “no-touch” sensitive screen would do the job…with no fingerprints.

    July 17th, 2006 at 11:40 am

  9. Appleology | Is the iPod with Front Row a reality? says:

    [...] You may remember my iPod Front Row illustration from a while back? A snapshot of a banner for the September 12th event has appeared on the web with what looks like an iPod+Front Row device that looks very similar to my illustration. [...]

    September 13th, 2006 at 9:42 am

  10. lala says:

    yeah right if they made this it would cost about 400 and i think it should be atoch screen that eould be awesome and you wouldnt have to be carrying it around

    November 2nd, 2006 at 8:21 pm

  11. mee says:

    dudeee that wud suk man!!it wudnt fit in ur pocket and its funner if its a touch screen:D i dont think it is a good idea..maybe they could sell that separetly and whoever wants that separate touch wheel they can have it!whoever doesnt they dont have to buy it.

    November 4th, 2006 at 2:21 pm

  12. Greg says:

    When is this new touch screen iPod predicted to be released?

    November 11th, 2006 at 9:45 pm

  13. Artie says:

    What will this new ipod be called?

    November 18th, 2006 at 4:28 pm

  14. tyler says:

    great idea keep the price the same as the 80gb ipod $350 or cheaper and i will be more than happy best ive seen as far as the ipod goes.

    November 21st, 2006 at 12:50 am

  15. Kuro Rai says:


    November 22nd, 2006 at 8:09 pm

  16. Kuro Rai says:

    HTF does microsoft thing they can compare the “zune” with thie iPod!?!?!?!?!??!!?

    November 22nd, 2006 at 8:10 pm

  17. kuro rai says:

    hey wat sup… suggestion ….when ipod removes the click wheel and change it to touch screen , everyone gonna love it. (tips make a survey first …lol..not sure if Everyone gonna love it) …. people will rather have a touch screen ipod….and other company wiil also try to compete with ipod and they will also move to touch screen interference.. so then the actual click wheell will be accient……….lol i’m in a hurry …gtg

    December 4th, 2006 at 12:09 am

  18. Appleology | Apple making final preperations to release iPhone in January says:

    [...] Other rumors include iChat video-conferencing on the phone, and tight integration with OS X 10.5 Leopard. The phone is also rumored to use an intuitive, mobile-version of Front Row for the phone’s interface interface. And according to Apple Insider, Apple has made deals with all major cellphone carriers in the United States, with the exception of T-Mobile. [...]

    December 5th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

  19. Kuro Rai says:

    please don’t use my nickname… I’m Kuro Rai, not you, don’t use lower cases and think you are…

    December 15th, 2006 at 4:10 pm

  20. cheese face says:

    i smell of cheese, by the way go on my site for the real new iPod:

    December 24th, 2006 at 7:25 am

  21. T-rex says:

    Ok ok i see how it is now. well me and my friend where taalkin bout this in church i think the price is baloni if it stays the same ull make way more profit haha keep the same price and i can keep my video i-pod

    January 23rd, 2007 at 11:15 pm

  22. ernesto says:

    i agree wit tyler keep the prices the same 80G for 350 and 30 if you made it 250

    February 24th, 2007 at 2:50 pm

  23. Puniksem says:

    I’ve now owned an iPod video (80Gb) and found the touch buttons easy to use, having hands like coal shovels most electronic gadgets presents me with an in-ability to navigate controls effectively without accidental pressing of unwanted functions. It’s got to be a tough choice to minimize the control buttons on the iPod without sacrificing usability by us big fingered folk.

    I agree that the next step forward for Apple is to merge iTunes into the iPod for consistancy. even after owning 3 different iPods, I have always found the iPod firmware to be at best unreliable, My latest video iPod has however been more reliable, but still suffers the occasional freeze-up.

    I also find that no matter what video I add to the iPod, the sound track ALWAYS goes out of sync with the video if the video is paused or fast forwarded through the film.

    Come on Apple, through so many models and now so much experience wih making iPods, you could at least have ironed out some of the still apparent issues that have seemingly always plagued iPod software & firmware.

    August 17th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

  24. ghaneb says:

    when do u think it will be realesed in the U.S?

    August 21st, 2007 at 5:26 am

  25. Phil says:

    Looks really nice, I’d buy that. But I don’t think Apple would sell them starting at $299.

    August 22nd, 2007 at 11:03 am

  26. Matt says:

    Hi, I would have to tell all of you something that I really don’t want to hear myself… That would be too like the iphone. I personally don’t think that apple would create a copy of another of apples products, but it might be that way. The ONLY thing I know wont happen is the screen being sideways. Steve Jobs wants the customer to be able to hold apples products without having to struggle. Hence the iphone, the ipod, the thin and elegant laptops (macbookpro and macbooks) the new thin imac. Very nice image that you made but I dont see all of it working. If the ipod has all of the ipod space filled with a screen, it would be an iphone without the phone. I honestly cant see it happening, sorry. I really wish it could work because i am on verizon and I wouldn’t be able to get the iphone without having to do a lot of stuff with unlocking it. Sorry, but very nice pic!

    August 26th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

  27. Trenton says:

    That would be great! I would buy it

    August 27th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

  28. Ruben Ortiz says:

    I believe that the new ipod design must enhance its interaction with user rather than the shape that already communicate high technology. I think many easy function might help this device to be better, such as showing the lyrics while playing the music or to have a shortcut function to make a fast selection of letter on the list, so you don´t have to circle many times with the finger. Any way. I hope the think of these kind of things

    August 29th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

  29. Joel says:

    Have you seen the music interface for the iphone? That’s what’s gonna be for the ipod touch. No click wheel. Just use your finger to hit play, pause, forward, rewind. Also to scroll the lists of artists, playlists, etc… There’s no need for the click wheel. The click wheel will be used on the non-touch screen models and it may be replaced with the mechanical version that prior versions used. WIFI will probably be built-in with the option of transfering/updating music/playlists, photos and videos. Just like the Apple TV. 09.05.07

    August 29th, 2007 at 2:41 pm

  30. Andre says:

    The mock up is great. Bottom line only Steve Jobs know’s what he did with his ipod. I can agree to the look and design. The new Apple touch screen interface (Apple iPhone) will definately replace the click wheel. Why have a click wheel when you can operate on the whole screen?// Great mock picture. Definitely how I thought it would look. I’d imagine it would be real slim…

    August 30th, 2007 at 1:10 pm

  31. Jazzy says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

  32. Zune Ftw says:

    I do indeed like this design, but I couldnt see it being realesed for less then 400-450, and at prices like that. ill keep my zune, oh the zune totally shreds all the old iPods =P

    August 30th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

  33. Les says:

    I think you have it. Apple filed a patent over a year ago for a virtual control interface that appears on screen, can be used without even physically touching the screen, and then disappears. I believe the new ipod will use such technology so that the full screen size can be used.

    I also believe there will be a model without a hard drive as RAM is getting pretty cheap these days. I predict a version with 8, 16 or possibly 32 GIG of flash RAM and a large lithium battery where the HD would have been.

    Can’t wait!

    August 31st, 2007 at 10:34 pm

  34. DJ-G says:

    I hope that the new i pod will let you use a picture or album cover as walpaper. I use my video I-Pod allot and i am just plain bored of the same old apple menus. With walpaper you can change the picture for a change of scenery. The zune has it, why not the I-Pod?

    September 2nd, 2007 at 8:12 am

  35. chris says:

    wi-fi most likley not happen but the image is really good
    nice touch screen, wide screen.
    I heard the click wheel will be a image on the touch screen.
    nice design!

    September 3rd, 2007 at 12:01 am

  36. g says:

    I think that would be so cool. I don’t really think it would be too much like the iphone, I think it would be a widescreen ipod

    September 3rd, 2007 at 9:56 am

  37. Scott says:

    I’m Pretty sure they will just make the new ipod the same as the iphone, minus the phone capabilities…the technology and the product is there, and the design seems to be in what direction they are heading, not to mention they could use the same production line…only change would be software! :) just a thought!

    September 3rd, 2007 at 7:19 pm

  38. Jen says:

    If and when they reales the new Ipod, do you think the pricew on a nano will go down?

    September 3rd, 2007 at 8:31 pm

  39. poop says:

    i thinmk this thing sucks donkey

    September 4th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

  40. lwg says:

    I like your idea, but I think the iPhone type of tourch screen with corner to corner image area. Wifi would also be nice. You could supper size your burger and fries with a song or video.

    September 4th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

  41. Tendens-mag|dk » Pioneer CDJ-800mk2 says:

    [...] Og når jeg alligevel er inde omkring noget af det tekniske, så er det med glæde, at jeg kan oplyse om, at der på rygtebørsen snakkes om en snarlig lancering af en ny Ipod. Tjek denne hjemmeside! Appleology [...]

    September 5th, 2007 at 2:58 am

  42. Dazza says:

    This is total skepticism. All over the internet people think that this is what the new ipod is going to look like. I hope you die a painful death.

    September 5th, 2007 at 6:00 am

  43. brian says:

    i believe they come out sept 6

    September 5th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

  44. Derek says:

    for 8gb its 299, for 16gb its 399 wow. A lot of money for portable music and is incredibly small!

    September 5th, 2007 at 1:18 pm

  45. scott says:

    Wow, it’s surprising how close you are, except the memory, 8gb is worthless, what was apple thinking

    September 5th, 2007 at 5:36 pm

  46. taylor says:

    You guys should see the whole new line of ipods!!
    New ipod touch!
    New nanos with vids.
    Cover flow!
    Iphone nocked down to 399!!!

    September 5th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

  47. Here Check It Out says:

    The New iPod! It’s amazing.

    September 6th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

  48. rob says:

    Apparently the new ipod is the iphone but without the phone bit. This mock up is spot on.

    September 9th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

  49. marissa says:

    how big is it?

    September 9th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

  50. mike says:

    go to, there they have the new ipod = “Touch Ipod” looks just like the iphone

    September 10th, 2007 at 10:23 am

  51. Daniela says:

    hello I am colombian and alone meant that the new ipod touch is the best invention in all the ipods and that its quality is excellent

    September 13th, 2007 at 11:54 am

  52. Tyler Currin says:

    I LOVE IT ALOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

  53. James says:

    Well as we all know now, you were all wrong. No clickwheel at all – digital or physical. Also why would they put iMovie on an ipod? thats just stupid.

    September 18th, 2007 at 8:54 pm

  54. adam Moore says:

    this thing is so awesome i would make love to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 20th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

  55. adam Moore says:

    2 words- best Ipod.

    September 20th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

  56. Thanh dat says:

    I want to have one IPOD touch.But i’m very poor,please send me one IPOD touch,please!

    September 21st, 2007 at 2:23 am

  57. bobo says:

    you suck fat ass

    September 26th, 2007 at 6:15 pm

  58. Darrel says:

    When does it come out? i want it so bad

    October 4th, 2007 at 11:37 am

  59. leo says:

    hay i think it looks cool the one thing about it that i like about it is its a touch screen and it comes in 40GB and 80GB not the the ipod touch it only comes in 8GB and 16GB and well its not enough room for all the songs i got. they made something cool with like no space to put more things into it. but this one is cool lots of GBs and at a good price thay want 399 for the 16GB ipod touch

    October 4th, 2007 at 10:01 pm

  60. A$ha says:

    where can u buy them from??
    n wat colourZ?
    thankz from LiiL A$h@!!!

    October 13th, 2007 at 4:44 am

  61. bob says:


    October 16th, 2007 at 5:05 am

  62. Jd says:

    You no what would be cool? If they made the iPod so that it was so thin that they would have to patent special wireless headphones because the iPod was to thin to have a headphone jack on it. That would be sweet!

    October 24th, 2007 at 4:31 pm

  63. peter says:

    i think that this ipod should not have a touch wheel i think that it should just be touch screen itself like the ipod touch other than that it would be great

    November 3rd, 2007 at 5:49 pm

  64. lil`Romeo says:

    well isent it the same idea of the iphone ? just with a bigger memory. but its nice

    November 16th, 2007 at 8:02 am

  65. silvia says:

    love it love it love it………….
    but tell me something is ipod touch same with the touch screen ipod?????
    but from the pic look tottally different…….and when thry will released this ipod??? anyone????

    December 23rd, 2007 at 1:34 pm

  66. Tiffany Butler says:

    How much will this new ipod cost?
    And what will it be called?

    January 3rd, 2008 at 8:44 am

  67. Lil Tevin Ball says:

    I love this new ipod. It looks so sexy. And i would rock the H*ll out of it. It’s so sexy, and it’s so freakin’ awsome. Dudes. I love it!! I can’t wait till it comes out. I will tell my boyfriend Tevin that he has to buy it for me or it’s over. Sike i wouldn’t do that. But i love the ipod and i love Tevin.

    January 3rd, 2008 at 8:48 am

  68. Tiara Butler says:

    This ipod looks cute. But i have a question how much does it cost & when does it come out? If you get any information on this please contact me on my cell phone: 804-313-5507.

    Thank You, I really want some info on this new ipod.

    February 6th, 2008 at 8:42 am

  69. MissMissy says:

    This is an asome phone and who ever dose not think so suckz

    February 21st, 2008 at 11:35 am

  70. ipodfreak14 says:

    omg i think that th idea of this new ipod is totally awesome. i lik that there is a click wheel on it. the ipod touch is awesome n the direct touch thing is great but i lik th wheel better. will it have internet?

    April 30th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

  71. nancy says:

    i would love to have a gadget specifically ipod touch specially if a touch by a tv sattelite.

    June 19th, 2008 at 3:58 am

  72. j says:

    i think that this is soooooooo hot

    September 20th, 2008 at 4:14 am

  73. Apple Manager says:

    Hi, I am head of Apple and we have decided that we will not make any more iPods. We have been getting complaints day and night, so we will quit iPods and work our way to make a sweet iPhone, thats better than the 3G.


    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:19 pm

  74. SomeGuy says:

    Oh, Yeah. Nice try. Apple would NOT discontinue iPods. Do u know how much $$ thy make of of them? BTW, The apple manager would post on not “”

    December 3rd, 2008 at 7:44 pm

  75. Puniksem says:

    iPod are a pain in the ass just when you least expect it or need it. I’m of course referring to the dreaded ‘bitten apple’

    I was quoted by a dear friend that now I’ve got my whole entire extensive music collection on my iPod (video classic 5.5 80gb), That I’ve now got a radio station on it! No longer just a collection of favourite tunes.

    Needless to say I love to listen to my iPod wherever and whenever I’m on the move (even when driving) with the aid of my wireless fm transmitter.

    However I keep experiencing the dreaded ‘bitten apple’ whenever I am in search mode and while pressing and holding the left arrow to clear the search text box. EVERY TIME without fail, even if I press the button repeatedly too fast to clear the box.

    Not too happy about doing firmware updates, the last update screwed with my USB2 ports, which now only recognise my iPod as being plugged into a USB1 instead. so file transfer are somwhat slow.

    Apple support were most (un)helpful in assisting with resolving this issue over the phone and at the main local iPod dealers.

    December 22nd, 2008 at 7:59 am

  76. ipodtouchowner2 says:

    HAHHAH i love how all the people in 2006 thought that Apple wouldn’t get rid of the click wheel ;; well little did they know.. the would come out with the Ipod Touch in 2008 ;; FUNNYY how that goes AND ^^^^ “Apple Manager” what ever idiot decided to pose as that and ACTUALLY thought people were going to belive it … your retarted & if you had a brain you would know that no one is going to belive you obviously because of what the person just below you wrote about the MONEY$$$$$ . Just like tobacco companies are never going to STOP selling because all there interested in is money ! && WORD of advice ;; don’t write “sweet” when your supposed to be typing a legit bit of information. =]

    December 25th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

  77. Tommy says:

    When is the next range of iPods coming out and will the iPod touch’s apearence change because I own an iPod touch and think it could be so much better and it needs more gb

    April 10th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  78. penis sucking as face says:

    the name says it all

    April 15th, 2009 at 11:08 am

  79. Tommy says:

    What’s that surposed to mean

    April 18th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

  80. Miranda Kerr says:

    Indians Suck..i love Gingers!!!

    May 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

  81. Anonymous says:

    My true identity will never be revealed, therefore all i have to say is CONNOR IS SO DAM COOL!!

    May 7th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

  82. Big fat fucking dick head who loves alot of pussy in his face says:

    the name just says it all

    December 15th, 2009 at 10:27 am

  83. vtec says:

    hey wow is this a really thing or just a image

    November 1st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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