6G Wi-Fi iPods are on their way

— 11:28 AM on April 13, 2007

Apple will strike at Microsoft's Zune by introducing a new iPod with Wi-Fi capabilities later this year, according to a report by DigiTimes. The Taiwanese site has word from its sources at Taiwanese music player component manufacturers that the upcoming iPod will be manufactured by Foxconn using Wi-Fi modules from Universal Scientific Industrial. USI is expected to kick off shipments of wireless modules this month, DigiTimes says, and Foxconn may start shipments of the new iPods in the third quarter. Apple is expected to introduce the new sixth-generation music players some time in the second half of this year, the site claims.

Of course, Microsoft isn't sitting still either. Two days ago, we saw a report that quoted an anonymous Microsoft employee as saying a second-generation Zune and a new, smaller, flash-based Zune were both on track for a launch "later this year." Like the existing Zune—and apparently the 6G iPod—both devices will reportedly have Wi-Fi connectivity.

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