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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
# 10:48:00 AM:

iPod 5G interface slows down after adding new features?

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iPod 5G FireWireWhen Apple released its latest "big" iPod With Video models (nicknamed "5.5G" models) last month, it also unleashed a firmware update for the previous "5G" original video iPods, like mine. Generally it's been a nice upgrade, with some additional features—not including the new search, alas—but I have noticed that scrolling through big lists has slowed down considerably.

It used to be that if I found my way to my long list of podcasts and spun the click wheel, the list would fly by with the built-in clicker tapping along, ditditditditditditdit. Now, after the firmware upgrade, the clicker and list scrolling are out of sync, and the scroll is slower as well, dit... dit... ... dit... ... dit....

I'm guessing it may have something to do with the new letter overlay scroll display (which doesn't operate in the podcast list), but it's a tad annoying. Nothing that throws me seriously off, but the legendary feel of the iPod interface was better before.


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