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Camera-equipped iPod touch still coming, say sources

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Thu September 10, 2009

Change in production very recent?

Apple is continuing work on an iPod touch with a camera, in spite of having just released a third-generation player without one, several sources claim. Yesterday's product debut surprised some onlookers, who had fully expected the addition in keeping with long-standing rumors and evidence. A camera has nevertheless been added to the iPod nano, a smaller and cheaper device.

Sources insist that Apple approved a camera-ready Touch as far back as last year, but that sensor problems interfered, as reported earlier this week. The technology is then believed to have undergone several phases of quality testing, ultimately leading to a decision to pull the camera as recently as a month ago. Other reports have suggested the move was made with only hours left to decide.

Apple is now allegedly working on building in a camera as soon as possible, perhaps before the next major iPod refresh in September 2010. The refresh could happen without warning, one source says, and apply exclusively to the 32 and 64GB versions of the Touch. No price differences would take effect, the source suggests.

CEO Steve Jobs has defended the absence of a camera, on the basis of keeping costs down and serving a gaming audience.

by MacNN Staff




  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why is this so difficult?

    I am at a loss as to why it is so difficult to implement a camera in the iPod touch when it works just fine in the iPhone. Someone please explain why such similar devices, running the same OS do not work in a similar manner.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Why is this so difficult?

    It's a Smoke Screen, that's all. Your Right! if it works in the new iPhone then the excuse of problems is an outright lie.

    It's another push to make you want it so bad that you will buy an iPhone instead. Which means more money for Apple & ATT Wireless. I don't think you will see this for another year now, or at least 6 months. If you look at the history of pricing you will see it matches up each year with upgraded products, and prices that stay the same keeping below the $399 mark. Now how would a camera & video fit in to this? a price of $499 I guess we would have seen yesterday for that, maybe? If I go and buy another iPod Touch now just to get the OpenGL and other stuff, and then I read reports like this one saying it could still happen. I'd be very angry to see it come out at this stage if I ran to do this.

    In the end it's a marketing move to push you to get the iPhone Version with all the bells & whistles. Plus a 2 year exclusive ATT contract to lock you down!

    You know who I really fell bad for? Is all the case makers that were supplied specs for the cases having now a large stock pile for a product that never came out!

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969


    F U Apple

    This is the last thing I want to hear. I was excited for the announcement. I assumed the "one more thing" camera announcement would not be limited to the nano. So when it was, I was pretty disappointed to learn that the touch didn't get a camera... radio would have been nice too. Regardless, I thought I need a new ipod... can't buy the iphone because it's not compatible with my office... might was well buy the touch. Went to the store today to buy one but they aren't in stock yet (and they can't tell me when they will be). But now I read this c*** and wonder whether I really want to feel like an idiot when they come out with a new device in 6 months?

    This is brutal and no way to treat consumers.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Buy the way, my theory is that those cases never existed and if they did, they existed in prototype only. It was a marketing gimmick. These little turds of companies release one case picture and they have more traffic on their site than they've had in the least 5 years total.

    Think about it.

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree this is a real head-scratcher. To me, it would seem a lot easier to implement a camera in the iPod Touch than the Nano. Perhaps that was the try & keep the Nano relevant in the wake of the iPod Touch's rising popularity.

    Still, it really serves little purpose to cripple the Touch from such a popular feature as a camera.


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