Apple’s new patents hint networked iPod

wireless iPodEarlier this summer, my Business 2.0 colleague, Paul Sloan had penned a wonderful story on what Apple might build next. He had speculated, with lots of reporting that video iPod with content from Disney could be on cards. Well, that has come true. In the story, he also hinted that Apple might build a WiFi-enabled iPod, that would allow consumers to buy music when connected to say Starbucks WiFi.

Recent trademark filings, as reported by AppleInsider show that the company might be headed in that direction. The filings are for something called Vingle, which is “Telecommunication services, namely, electronic transmission of streamed and downloadable audio and video files via computer and other communications networks.” Further the application describes Vingle as “an audio entertainment service that may be available in its retail stores.”

Other device hinted by this trademark application is some of a tablet device, that does more than just music. They do have patents filed on a device like this, and the trade mark is just an extension of those. They have been looking to hire a handwriting software engineer as well. An Apple version of Nokia 770 would make a lot of sense, especially now that the world has gone wifi!