iPod Touch Paves Way for Pocket PCs

With a bit more Apple wizardry, device could be 'micro-Mac'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2008 11:25 AM CDT
A customer selects a "50 Cent" song on the new Apple iPod Touch at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Sept. 17, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Take Apple’s iPod Touch, give it a little more innovative juice, and you get the next big thing in handhelds, blurring the line between consumer electronics and computers, writes Arik Hesseldahl in BusinessWeek. The Touch, now considered the “flagship” iPod, can already run the major media formats—music, movies, etc.—and access Wi-Fi. With a few changes, it could become a full-fledged computer in your pocket.

The Touch can already read documents, though a bigger screen would be nice, notes Hesseldahl. If the Touch’s screen were expanded to make it a reader, why stop there? Apple could add an existing feature allowing users to access documents on their home computers. And if you can grab them, you should be able to edit them. Add Bluetooth for peripherals, and you’ve got a wireless “micro-Mac.”