Tablet Mac or bigPod?
The drawings of Apple's application for a virtual clickwheel patent
are clearly showing some version of iTunes
running on a tablet computer. It's not a simple iPod interface. (It also
shows a simple iPod interface with a virtual clickwheel, though.) But whether the idea of an actual product is an iPod with an extended interface and bigger screen or a Macintosh tablet with only a couple of applications or even a full Mac tablet with innovative gesture UI features – who knows.
Fact is that Apple wants to get more into the video player market, now that it has some good deals with good content on the iTunes Music Store (will it change the name at one point?). Fact is also that Apple doesn't think the 5G iPod's screen is the answer
to watching videos. While video on the iPod is a nice added value, and even selecting music is a better experience with the gorgeous 5G iPod's larger screen, those TV episodes and music videos want
to be seen in 640*480 (or better even: widescreen) and Apple wants to be the one giving you the 'Pod to watch it on.