updated 03:25 pm EDT, Fri May 15, 2009
Camera on Touch and Nano?
Not one but two models of iPod should gain cameras in their next major update, claims the English edition of MacBidouille. A anonymous source for the website insists that both the Touch and the Nano will gain cameras, though aspects such as megapixel ratings or support for autofocus and flash remain uncertain. If identical to one strongly rumored for the next iPhone, the cameras could be rated at 3.2 megapixels.
Backing the report is a recent job opening at Apple, which initially requested a "Camera Engineering Project Manager to drive the design, development and integration of camera modules across iPhone and iPod." Though the listing was later altered to omit iPod references, analysts have suggested that Apple may be interested in augmenting the Touch to differentiate it from other iPods and/or increase its appeal next to the iPhone. Such a policy would not explain adding a camera to the Nano, however; the player also offers little space for a sensor and lens, and would naturally require custom software.
The source makes a separate claim that future iPhones will retain the size and shape as the iPhone 3G, in spite of rumors. A handful of reports have hinted at a smaller, cheaper companion to the main iPhone line.