Pocket TVs failed before. What's changed? (14 Oct 2005)
Clive Sinclair tried and failed in the early 1980s, then Casio and Sony launched portable televisions which they hoped would revolutionise viewing but never really took off, despite an initial fad.
And plenty of gadgets since then have tried to persuade people that television-viewing need not be restricted to their home.
What's different with Apple is that people can now legally download content, says Tom Dunmore, editor of Stuff magazine. And while rivals like Sony's Playstation Portable focus on movies, Apple is concerned with shorter content.
"Apple realise that TV programmes and music videos are more suitable for watching on the move than films," he says. "We don't necessarily want to watch a small screen for two hours and for some it makes them nauseous."
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