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Possible iPod touch 5 shows capacitive home button, 128GB

updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue April 5, 2011

iPod touch 5 may use capacitive home button

A purported leak may have given away either Apple's recent or future plans for the iPod touch. An engineering sample with a DVT-1 (Design Verification Test) badge has a design similar to that of the current iPod touch but with what appears to be a capacitive, touch-sensitive home button instead of the usual physical model. The CrunchGear photos also show it with firmware lit carrying 128GB of total storage, which hasn't been seen before in an iPod touch model.

If authentic, it's difficult to determine whether this is a future model or a discarded prototype for the current model. The MC550LL model number refers alternately to a Mac Pro but also a variant on the fourth-generation iPod touch. It's possible the information is either a placeholder or there to deliberately throw off sleuths hoping to confirm Apple's plans.

Apple is very likely to unveil its fifth-generation iPod touch at a special event in September, regardless of whether or not it resembles the prototype. A capacitive button if it reaches the final model could signal design changes coming across the entire iOS line. It may prove controversial since it could lead to accidental button presses that aren't as likely with the current click-in button.

The storage may be the most probable upgrade, since Apple hasn't gone past 64GB on the iPod touch since the capacity was added in late 2009.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a problem

    A capacitive button would not be a problem, as they only react to the touch of a finger.
    Simply brushing something against the capacitive button in a pocket or bag would not activate it. Sure you could brush with your finger, but until we see how (and if) Apple implement it we should refrain from saying it won't work.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Losing the Tactile

    A capacitive button would be a bad idea. In the dark, I depend on the tactile feel of a mechanical button to orient my iPhone and turn it on. One that's merely a mark on glass wouldn't provide that feedback. On a gadget already woefully lacking in tactile feedback, its loss would be noticed.

    Not that it matters that much on the iPod touch. Apple's relegated the touch to a high-priced toy, good only for games and music. The camera's a joke and the lack of GPS on a device that pricey is a major blunder. Apple could have made versions of the touch for sports, travel, and as a mobile office. Not everyone wants to pay hefty cellular fees for every gadget they own.

    Instead, it has fallen for the marketing mantra that every product has an audience. For the iPod touch that audience is teenagers. When it comes to the touch, Apple's inability to see its potential in a host of areas makes Microsoft look brilliant.

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I still believe capacitive home button

    is not a good idea.

    inkling's thoughts are right on the mark. THINK NETBOOKS AND INTEL Never cripple anything knowingly (crippling knowingly is typical MBA ploy) so that users HAVE TO trade up, they WILL NOT trade up (because they just may not be able to afford it) but in that process bring your brand down. Giving carriers $100 per family member is very exorbitant.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Theres no sense in having a touch home button...

    ...unless the whole front surface has edge-to-edge display. It would look nice, but probably not be very functional.

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