Ok, so we thought the iPod would let us store and
carry HD content from HDTV to HDTV
. We were close based on Texas Instrument's newest OMAP3430 processor for
cellular phones. The new OMAP3430 samples are due out in mid-year, but not for use in devices until 2007 is the likely
story. The processor provides HD playback capability in a mobile phone; theoretically you could download some HD
content via a 3G data link and then connect your phone to a high-def monitor for playback. The OMAP3430 will support
MPEG-4, WMV-9, H.264 and RealVideo 10 when we see it next year. Sounds like we'll have a new poll question
next year: Will your next phone be 720p or 1080i?