The DigiTimes has an interview with Pete Andreyev, VP and GM of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, for the Asia-Pacific region.
He states that in the fourth quarter of 2004, they will introduce a 6 GB version of the Hitachi MicroDrive, which is a 50% increase from the 4 GB size of the previous largest MicroDrive. This drive is the one found in the iPod mini.
We can be sure that Apple will be one of the main customers for this drive. We may see new 6 GB iPod minis in early 2005, if not by the 2004 Christmas holiday season.