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May 5, 2006 at 1:26 PM

Apple’s iPhone, or a WiPod?

A patent for a device that could turn out to be the iPod phone was reported yesterday by a Mac enthusiast site.

The patent was based on plans Apple Computer submitted in 2004 for a digital media device with at least one speaker and the capability of connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

With or without telephony, it would be cool to be able to connect an iPod to a home wireless network without having to spend another $100 or more for aftermarket gizmos.

It’s way past time for Apple and other MP3 makers to add this feature. The convenience would be huge, compared with the cost and bulk of the radios involved.

A WiPod would also be a great alternative to sweet but expensive wireless music systems like the Sonos. You could use a WiPod to distribute music around a home network without having to have a computer running, but that wouldn’t do much for the iPod halo effect.

Comments | More in | Topics: Apple, Gadgets & products, Telecom

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