updated 04:20 pm EDT, Mon April 6, 2009
Camera on iPod touch?
Apple may be planning to introduce cameras to iPod touches as well as iPhones, a recent job listing suggests. In March the company posted an opening for a "camera project manager," to work full-time in Apple's home city of Cupertino, California. While the position would nominally exist under the iPhone Engineering Group, a recent version of the description called for a "Camera Engineering Project Manager to drive the design, development and integration of camera modules across iPhone and iPod."
The listing has since been amended to remove any reference to iPods, although it is unknown if this is because the reference was mistaken or genuinely premature. Apple is however said to have ordered five-megapixel camera sensors for a product shipping later this year, which could coincide with the company's usual introduction of new iPods in September. If given a camera the Touch would become less distinguishable from the iPhone, but would also become more easily distanced from competing media players.
The player is has also believed to be gaining 802.11n Wi-Fi, and possibly video editing and recording capabilities, in keeping with the tendency of firmware to propagate between Apple handhelds. The Touch could thus evolve into a more robust multi-function device, beyond existing web, gaming, audio recording and general-purpose software components.