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iPod touch to gain video recording?

updated 08:00 am EDT, Tue July 21, 2009

iPod touch w Cam and Mic

The heavily rumored iPod touch with camera is not only being manufactured but should gain a microphone that might enable video, according to a rumor late this past evening. A purportedly "well-connected" insider says that media players with both media capture features are already being made in China and that they should ship within two to three months, keeping in step with Apple's recent practice of launching new iPods in September. Capacities and prices aren't part of the Wired leak.

It's not completely evident whether the iPods would be specifically capable of video capture, as the move would require using a camera similar to that of the iPhone 3GS and likely the same processor power. The latter is unofficially expected given Apple's past tendency to make the iPod touch as fast or faster than the iPhone that precedes it.

Adding both features would potentially revolutionize the iPod touch, which has been limited mostly to playing back content and only has a rudimentary ability to generate content today when combined with an external mic, such as Apple's optional earbuds with in-line remote or a microphone add-on. A camera and an integrated mic would give the iPod much wider support for software in the App Store, leaving out only apps that are intended specifically for use with an always-on 3G connection.

A launch of the sort is also a potential shot across the bow of cellular carriers by enabling VoIP without any additional hardware and by reducing the incentive to buy an iPhone for those who won't switch to an exclusive carrier like AT&T or Rogers, or else who can't necessarily justify the frequently expensive monthly rates for phone and voice service.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tolkien & the Touch

    Thanks! These rumors suggest a terrific iPod touch is in the pipeline, one that finally has all the on-the-go features we need. For many of us, cellular from AT&T is too pricey. I get all I need from T-Mobile for half the price. And while I'd love an iPod touch with GPS, a dedicated auto or sport model from Garmin or TomTom makes more sense.

    Looks like, come September, my dependable iPod mini will settle down next to the shower, where it'll be reading through The Lord of the Rings.

    If Tolkien were around today, would he use an iPod touch to take down story ideas as they came to him? He did gripe about technology, particularly cars, planes and telephones. But he also loved the convenience of answering machines and a typewriter with interchangeable fonts.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How did VOIP just jump in there in the last paragraph?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: tolkein

    What you need isn't a new iPod touch, you need an iPhone that runs on T-Mobile. That would solve all your problems, without the need to carry yet another device.

    And who really cares what Tolkein would think about iPhones/iPods?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm more concerned

    about unfounded rumors. OK, the camera has a fairly good chance of making it into the Touch, but the microphone is probably a stretch thinking that it makes no sense for videos to be made without having sound. Both features should be cheap enough for Apple to add without much problem.

    My only hope is that Apple increases the battery size/capacity to deal with the added features. Music player, video player/recorder, gaming machine, etc. Apple is throwing the kitchen sink into their products and not keeping battery life high enough.

  1. OpenOSX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The article says "leaving out only apps that are intended specifically for use with an always-on 3G connection."

    More importunately for me is GPS! Of course if it has 3G it would be an iPhone, not a Touch!

    But if Apple added a GPS to the Touch, they could seriously put Garmin, et al to complete shame. They could own the GPS market.

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