iPod Scroll Wheel

31 Dec 2004 - 12:24am
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Jeff Howard
2004

I've been watching my younger brother play with his iPod for the first
time and it's got me thinking about Apple's move from a mechanical
scroll wheel to a solid-state touch wheel on the 2nd generation iPod,
and wondering whether they needed to start with the mechanical scroll
wheel to "teach" people the concept of the circular movement? Or was it
more likely a matter of technology/price not being where they needed to
be to go with a solid-state touch wheel from the beginning?

Anyone know of any links to analysis or interviews that speak to that
point? Or examples of similar step-ups for new interactions?

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31 Dec 2004 - 1:12am
Prasant Sivadasan
2004

Hi Jeff -
Here's an article about iPod's scroll wheel. The article mentions that
the reason Apple decided to move away from the original scrollwheel to a
solid-state touch wheel was to make iPod thinner and lighter, and also
to prevent any potential grime from gumming up the scrollwheel's inner
workings
http://www.mp3.com/story/feature_ipod_wheel.html

Prasant Sivadasan
Interaction Designer | Sun Microsystems

Jeff Howard wrote:

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>I've been watching my younger brother play with his iPod for the first
>time and it's got me thinking about Apple's move from a mechanical
>scroll wheel to a solid-state touch wheel on the 2nd generation iPod,
>and wondering whether they needed to start with the mechanical scroll
>wheel to "teach" people the concept of the circular movement? Or was it
>more likely a matter of technology/price not being where they needed to
>be to go with a solid-state touch wheel from the beginning?
>
>Anyone know of any links to analysis or interviews that speak to that
>point? Or examples of similar step-ups for new interactions?
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