The cover of the
issue dated July 26, 2004 shows a bespectacled Apple CEO Steve Jobs holding what appears to be a new iPod design featuring a new scrollwheel that mimics the one used on the iPod mini.
The coverage image reads “Steve Jobs and the must-have music player everyone is talking about. iPod, therefore iAm.” Underneath the image and caption it says, “Steve Jobs and the new iPod.”
The device Jobs is holding is plainly an iPod, based on its white color and form factor. But the new design eschews the touch buttons used on current-generation iPods for an interface that more closely resembles the “ClickWheel” featured on iPod minis — a round, grey-colored input surface that features the word “Menu” at the twelve o’clock position, with fast-forward, play/pause and rewind marks at the three, six and nine o’clock positions.
No other details on the iPod were available. However, Toshiba Corp.
announced in June
that they are planning to launch a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard disk drive in the coming months and has already found a customer in Apple.
Toshiba said at the time that they had already received an order from Apple and were shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple for use in the iPod.