My previous complaints about the iPod photo were that it was far too expensive and that it couldn't view downloaded photos through the $100 adapter. However, Apple has now addressed both of those complaints.
First, Apple drastically reduced the cost of the 60 GB iPod photo, and added a lower priced 30 GB unit. Neither ship with docks or Firewire cables, but the much lower price more than makes up for it.
Second, Apple is introducing a new Apple-branded adapter for $29. Furthermore, downloaded photos will be immediately viewable on screen, according to Apple VP Greg Joswiak. This feature will also work on the older iPod photos. The photos cannot be displayed on a TV screen via the video output, but for image tank purposes, this thumbnail support on the iPod photo's screen is sufficient. A picture of the adapter was first posted at AppleInsider:
One also wonders if this adapter will allow synchronization and charging of the iPod photo through a USB 2 cable that has male type A connectors at both ends.