Recently, rumors have been circling regarding the next generation iPod Touch. What is essentially a slimmed down iPhone with no phone capabilities, or cellular data connectivity, is about to become one that has. (At least, it could have a 3G chipset installed.) If so, like the iPad, it would need an area in the top of the device whereby the antenna could pick up signal – hence the black strip near the top of the iPod above.
The image is a render, designed by iPhone Download Blog, to try an illustrate how the multimedia player could look if it was 3G enabled. Personally, I don’t think it looks right. Apple attempts, where possible, to create symmetrical devices. The black plastic on the 3G iPad is bang in the middle of the Aluminum backing. This is a little too off center for my liking, but then again, I’m pretty vain when it comes to my devices. (On that note, so are Apple designers.) With something as small as the iPod, I think Jony Ive and the design team over at Cupertino would find away of creating an external antenna – like the iPhone 4 – maybe creating an antenna using the entire metal back. There’s clearly no room for a black strip, without making it look cluttered.
What do you guys think? Ugly? Beautiful? Or, would you sacrifice good looks to get 3G on your iPod? Comment below or tweet me – I’m @TiP_Cam.
To see some more concepts check out these two: