Well, this is certainly an interesting way to end the day! Apple rumours site Apple.pro has leaked a small, Apple iPhone-styled, touchscreen. What’s interesting about that? You may ask. Well, for starters it’s only 3cm square, which equates to just over an inch.
Normally, when an Apple prototype is leaked, it’s linked to a certain product, such as the iPhone 4 or the unibody aluminium MacBook Air or Pro laptops. However, no one knows what’s in store for this small device, although we bloggers do love to speculate…
The rumour mill is no doubt in overdrive right now, and we are no exception to that. What could Apple do with a 3cm square touchscreen? I’d love to (realistically) tell you that we’re looking at what’s going to be the Apple iWatch, but I’m a little more sceptic than that. I think that there’s a good chance that the small screen could be used as part of an existing product, or at least an extension of a current line of products.
We could be looking at an early prototype of a next (next, next) generation iPod Shuffle. After all, with no screen to speak of, the current one is pretty difficult to get around effectively. A small screen such as the one leaked could offer a visual way to control what’s currently being played on your device.
Of course, many people have many different ideas about what the screen could be utilised for such as a small remote control for an Apple TV / Mac Mini or perhaps we might actually end up seeing an iWatch that was recently the subject of a mock-up design concept product – who knows perhaps we could see Dick Tracy style video calls on your watch using Apple’s Facetime video calling?
I’m sure many of you will no doubt disagree with me, but what do you think it will turn out to be? Much ado about nothing, or part of the next big thing in Apple products? Knock yourselves out in the comments, folks!
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.