Ever wished you could charge your iPod during a 10-hour, overseas flight? Well, starting next year, you might get that chance. According to The Associated Press, Apple is joining forces with a few airlines to offer passengers a chance “to power and charge their iPods during flights and watch video content from their iPods on seat-back displays.” When will they conduct a study that determines the percentage of passengers who now don’t even bother watching in-flight movies, because they instead hook up their video iPod, laptop, or portable DVD player? Could the viability of the in-flight movie soon be on its way out? Certainly, JetBlue has nothing to worry about, because there still is nothing better than 50 cable-TV channels at your disposal. So, who knows. As for this iPod announcement, AP reports:
The service will be available on the airlines beginning in mid-2007. It will likely help solidify the iPod’s dominance in portable players. The in-flight deals are similar to ones Apple has made with more than a dozen automakers to have iPod-compatibility built into car audio systems. The auto deals, which include General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., mean more than 70% of the new vehicles sold in the United States this year will have iPod integration, according to Apple.