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iPod touch with camera to appear in spring?

updated 10:00 pm EST, Sat November 21, 2009

iPod touch may have nano camera after all

Apple's long rumored camera-equipped iPod touch may have a more definite release window, according to a purported source. A contact insists the device is back on track and that it would unusually launch outside of Apple's typical upgrade cycle, releasing in spring 2010. To make that goal, however, Apple would use the same 2-megapixel camera as in the iPod nano, which lacks autofocusing and low-light sensitivity.

It's not known by the Examiner's supposed insider if Apple would also disable the camera's ability to capture still photos. While a potential way to differentiate the iPod touch from the iPhone, the pre-existing image tools in the iPod touch firmware would make implementing the technology easier than on the previously camera-free nano.

The accuracy is uncertain. Apple has launched out-of-cycle iPod updates in the past, but has usually kept these to small updates like increased storage or additional iPod shuffle colors; most significant revisions don't ship until September. However, the story corroborates rumors of a sensor flaw that had forced Apple to leave a camera out of the model at the last minute but which has since been solved. Prototypes of the original design surfaced in the public eye just a month before the iPod touch was refreshed this past September.

The original prototype iPod touch with camera, from August




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  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    I know this is just speculation but...

    it's really a shame that the Touch might get a lower spec camera than the 3GS. I would think it would be more about differentiating the two devices, because honestly what could be the price difference in quantity. I'd be willing to pay the extra money to get a better camera. That being said, I'll just basically have to settle for whatever Apple puts in the Touch. I really want a high-end Touch with a camera but I guess I'll just have to wait another few months and see what develops.

    I'd heard there was a reason why the Nano doesn't take still photos, but I've forgotten. Not sure what the deal is with that.

  1. lolcat789

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Big deal

    I'll use my Pentax SLR for photos, thank you.

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  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -17

    Clueless Apple, Doing it again.

    Apple's making the same marketing mistake with the iPhone's marvelous GUI that they made with that of the Macintosh in the mid-to-late 1980s. Then Macs came in two packages: a classic with a tiny screen and little upgradability and a very pricey desktop. No laptop and no moderately priced desktop. Slowly but surely, Microsoft cooked their goose.

    Now they're failing to see that "It's the interface stupid." I can't comment on the iPhone, since I don't own one, but the current iPod touch options (no camera, soon a Nano-like camera) they're offering show less vision than I'd expect from a clam. They still don't see that they're selling an excellent UI with a handheld computer. They think they're selling a music player or maybe a game machine. Really dumb.

    Instead, they need a variety of models including:

    * Sport model. Rugged and waterproof. GPS and compass. iPhone quality camera with still and movie abilities. Long battery life. Price it high and it would still sell like hot cakes.

    * Productivity model. For all those who don't want to blend their productivity gadget with their phone either because they use a phone a little or a lot. Long battery life. iPhone quality camera. Built-in mike. Bluetooth keyboard capable.

    * Travel model. For those on vacation. GPS and compass. Capable of storing maps and guides rather than pulling them off a cellular system that may not be available or that is very pricey. At least VoIP-capable using WiFi for chats back home. Perhaps also with a camera positioned to use with iChat. Might include a SD card reader. If a camera is included, make it good one.

    * Gaming model. Fast and with a case more adapted to holding while gaming.

    * Children's model. Larger, rugged. Perhaps with external AC/DC power and a way parents can disable the speaker for peace of mind.

    Keep enough compatibility so apps can adapt to the features each has without trouble. An Apple that keeps crippling the touch under the illusion that makes for more iPhone sales can't really claim that it doesn't want to fragment its product line.

    As with Windows, if Apple doesn't do this, in about five years itwill lose its current iPhone/iPod market share to companies that prove more market savvy and agile.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    If you were following...

    I agree that a camera that is less than equal to the current iPhone's is a disappointment. However, if you were following the rumors regarding why the iPod Touch refresh lacked a camera in final production (as opposed to the "official" stated reason - price), you could reason that Apple would be able to offer this nano-quality camera verse no camera at all barring a significant Touch redesign. The current Touch has a space for the module, but the cost of adding a camera of iPhone quality in the allocated space would have been too expensive, resulting in a higher cost Touch. Using the lower cost nano-like camera however, Apple would likely be able to maintain it's current price point, which, again if you've followed this, is currently at what Apple believes to be the sweet spot. So sub-par camera, or no camera at all?

  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Stupid idea

    No point in making all those models suggested, to much development costs and minimal return. Apple already make a wide range of iPods.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Late 1980s? Laptops?

    Curious as to which laptops in the late 1980s were allowing MS to eat Apple's lunch. Win 3 wasn't out til 1990, Thinkpad wasn't out til 1992... Unless you mean those text-only MS-DOS jobbies, in which case they might have eaten the Apple II's lunch...

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Leverage.

    They market the touch as (among other things) game or music units because that's what people buy and understand. Once you get a music or game nut into the mix, the buzz will spread that you can do apps for most things people want to do, and you've got them. And enough people with electronics are brand loyal that this looks like a good strategy.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Price point strategy.

    For years I wished for a cheaper model each year, then I realized that when the Nano holds price and adds a video camera - it's a great deal. Apple knows they can't make these fast enough as it is - holding the price and adding value is a win-win.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Ummm...

    This can't be right.

    For I know I read on MacNN in August that the touch was getting a camera in September....

    And, yes, the mythical 'sensor' flaw, which Apple couldn't delay the iPod Touch for, so they pulled it out.

    Except, of course, it would require Apple to re-do their case design before production started. Oh, and obviously enough, they've had a camera on the iPhone for over a year, but couldn't figure out how to get the same thing to work in an iPod without issues?

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