|Schematic for one of Apple's filed patents.|
You already know you can download music DIRECTLY to your iPod, so the only need for the computer is to CHARGE the device and act as a backup for your entire music library. Imagine if your iPod could be powered by the sun; that would mean no more charging via the computer.
http://www.apple.com/icloud/what-is.html. Well, now that's taken care of, too. It seems to me that Apple just disconnected me from wires, completely. How cool is THAT?!
The Marketing Take-away: Unplugged is a HUGE marketing plus!
iCloud and solar power could put Apple's devices in a league all their own, and this super-huge added value is marketing GOLD! To no longer need a cord at all - to be truly portable - is a strategic advantage that can't currently be matched by anyone.