New iPod? iWant..

Soon it will be apple-picking time -- but Steve Jobs, as usual, is one step ahead of us, with some shiny new Apples to pick. Daniel Sieberg has his take over at Tech Talk:
The iPod Touch looks similar to the iPhone except it doesn't have the phone component and a few other features. But it does have increased storage space (8GB/16GB vs. the iPhone's 4GB/8GB versions) and features Wi-Fi iTunes. It's supposed to be in stores in a few weeks. It'll even have a version of Apple's browser Safari. That's easily the headline from the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, though Jobs did throw out a few other iPod updates. There'll be increased storage, new colors, and better interfaces such as a wider screen. Plus there's a new partnership with Starbucks to buy songs while waiting for your Frappuccino, and there'll soon be do-it-yourself ringtones available for the iPhone.

That's all well and good. And being an early adopter of most things I can't complain too much, but I sure wish Apple had rolled out the iPod Touch first instead of the iPhone. Of course, then they wouldn't have hooked hundreds of thousands of people in a two-year AT&T contract. The phone feature of the iPhone is fine, but I'd scale down to the iPod Touch. Oh, and did I mention the iPhone will now sell for $399 down from $599? Another reason I wish I'd waited to buy.

Of course, after apple-picking season comes the holiday season. It's never too early to send Santa your list.