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New photos revive chance of camera-equipped iPod nano

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 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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no no no

    I want a *front facing* camera on the nano .. to use it as a FaceTime watch.. even if it could only be tethered to an iPhone for that to work..

    Doesn't Apple have a patent showing a screen being used as a camera? That would be ideal..


  1. designr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    It needs BlueTooth so I can wear it as a watch and listen to tunes on my BT headset.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What.... NO Antigravity,,,,, no satellite cell phone service..... If I wear this on my wrist like a watch, of course it should do everything an iPad does..... and MORE...

    right?? all for less than $150 ... right??

    weird world

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