updated 11:45 am EST, Wed February 1, 2012
Images could still represent scrapped prototype
New photos could signal that Apple is still working on the idea of a modern, camera-equipped iPod nano. Images obtained by Apple.pro show a recent Nano casing design, but with a camera hole situated in the clip. Housing for a camera assembly, notably, fills the space between the hole and the main body of the Nano.
Apple could need to locate a lens and/or even sensor outside of the Nano's body due to the small size of the player. Other photos of a similar design has been circulating for some time, though, and so the new ones could simply depict a scrapped prototype, assuming they represent genuine Apple hardware. Another issue may be the utility of putting a camera on the back, since Nanos are often worn clipped to clothing or a strap.
At the same time, Apple may be searching for different ways to add value to the player in order to keep up interest and prices. The current Nano firmware doesn't support third-party apps, and the product may simply be too small to fit a Wi-Fi or cellular receiver. Some people also complained when the device switched to its current form factor, since it lost a small, albeit limited video camera.