updated 10:55 am EDT, Fri September 4, 2009
Cases may foreshadow new iPods next week
Cases on display at the IFA expo in Berlin may further validate reports of new iPods being announced next week. One exhibitor at the event, Hama, is already showing cases claimed to be for a third-generation iPod touch, as well as a fifth-generation Nano. In both instances the cases appear to have cutouts for cameras.
The Touch's camera is located top-center on the back, near where the player's Wi-Fi receiver would normally be found. The Nano's camera by contrast is situated bottom-left, and requires an elongated cutout for reasons unknown. Both players otherwise seem to be unchanged in terms of overall design.
Missing from the collection is the iPod classic, which also been rumored to be getting a camera by some sources. The Hama leak is considered to be extremely reputable however, due not only to public exposure of a physical product, but the fact that a similar incident foreshadowed the debut of the fourth-generation Nano last year. Some observers have argued that Apple will likely phase out the Classic in the next few years.