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  • by ziggy (25) on 2003.01.21 16:19 (#16247) Journal
    Why isn't there an ebook reader? Why can't I view pictures? It's so cute, I want it to be my PDA too.
    That's a nice scentiment, but is it practical? Ignore the 4-line screen for a moment. Apple hasn't released the tech specs on the guts of the iPod, but I doubt there's a CPU of any merit inside that little box. A few hardware review sites have noticed a dedicated D/A converter or a DSP to handle MP3 decoding, but no one has accused the little iPod of having a CPU. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it has an itty bitty embedded microcontroller to drive the (simple character driven) display, drive the FireWire, respond to the jog dial and load up the play buffer. Hell, the whole thing might be running on a few KB of FORTH code ferchrissakes.

    It would be nice to have a moderately full featured PC about the size of a walkman. But it would probably cost about as much as an iBook. And let's hope that it doesn't run some bloated OS like Wince...