3G iPod Touch Concept: Cool & Highly Unlikely!


via 9to5Mac.com

We took this concept to Photoshop, and we came up with the iPod Touch 3G. It looks exactly like the current iPod Touch, but has a black strip on the back. It also says “3G” in the menu bar. Along with that, it also features an integrated SIM card, as the next iPhone is rumored to have.

The Business application alone for this device would be outstanding. From cash register application à la Apple Store to Inventory Management with QR codes and custom enterprise apps, not to mention all the dispatch systems that want to track packages and courier deliveries without allowing the driver/rider to access voice plans or unauthorised apps. In short a device like this with it’s “already on” hardware encryption and coupled with some good security certificates and mobile device management tool could really help any size business leverage mobility in way that have up to now simply been too costly and unyielding to build.

Can you imagine if all your teen needed was a good data plan, iMessage, Facetime and Skype?

However, it’s just a shame that it will never happen. There is just no way any mobile telecom provider will let Apple release a 3G device that would completely cripple their “teen market”. Can you imagine if all your teen needed was a good data plan, iMessage, Facetime and Skype? Buh-Bye feature phone market and Buh-Bye pay as you go!

8 comments

  1. If you get a tablet or a rocket stick or a MIFI then all you get is a data plan – no voice. So what if I stick the MIFI’s SIM card into my iPod 3G?

    I guess the telco’s could recognize the device and block the connection.

    But then shit would hit the fan and hopefully Apple would release the iLawyers and iLobbyists.

  2. The whole point of the 3G iPod would be to stop you from having to carry a MiFi, phone, tablet, lappie, router. Less Bat-Man utility belt and More of The Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

  3. The whole point of the 3G iPod would be to stop you from having to carry a MiFi, phone, tablet, lappie, router. Less Bat-Man utility belt and More of The Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

  4. The whole point of the 3G iPod would be to stop you from having to carry a MiFi, phone, tablet, lappie, router. Less Bat-Man utility belt and More of The Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

  5. But why do you think telco’s won’t let it happen?  Most smartphone’s these days double as Mifi’s/routers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if tablets could too.  The line between smartphone, tablet, & laptop is getting blurrier.  It’s not like a 3G iPod would bring anything that doesn’t already exist – just a smaller form factor I guess.

  6. But why do you think telco’s won’t let it happen?  Most smartphone’s these days double as Mifi’s/routers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if tablets could too.  The line between smartphone, tablet, & laptop is getting blurrier.  It’s not like a 3G iPod would bring anything that doesn’t already exist – just a smaller form factor I guess.

  7. But why do you think telco’s won’t let it happen?  Most smartphone’s these days double as Mifi’s/routers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if tablets could too.  The line between smartphone, tablet, & laptop is getting blurrier.  It’s not like a 3G iPod would bring anything that doesn’t already exist – just a smaller form factor I guess.

  8. As I mentioned in my post, it’s not the Smartphone market that will take a hit as those user pay twice for Voice and Data plan and provide the Telcos with a double average revenue per unit. It’s the feature phone and pay as you models that will take a massive hit as teens basically only use SMS and picture messaging and very rarely make calls at all. Once you provide them with a “phone” like device that  doesn’t make calls and provides stable texting costs via iMessage and a better call experience via video with FaceTime or Skype then sometimes overly expensive texting surcharges are eliminated and replaced with a fairly stable $20-25 data only plan for those times where they are not on WiFi. As a parent of a Tween, I would be happy enough paying $20/month rather than getting nervous once a month, add in the Find my iPhone teen tracking service and we have a real winner.