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Schiller e-mail: iPod touch "too thin" for light sensor

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Tue October 16, 2012

Alleged e-mail explains omission

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, has reportedly responded to a customer inquiry regarding the lack of an ambient light sensor in the fifth-generation iPod touch. Surprised by the lack of auto-brightness setting for the new Touch, Raghid Harake asked for further explanation. Schiller allegedly replied, noting that the fifth-generation devices lacks an ambient light sensor and explaining that "it's just too thin!"

MacNN cannot verify the authenticity of the e-mail, which was published by iDownloadBlog, though the concise response does appear to match the occasional e-mail from Apple executives to customers.

Like its predecessors, the new iPod touch carries many of the same features as the iPhone, including a four-inch Retina display, three-axis gyro, accelerometer and dual cameras. The ambient light sensor was omitted from the latest design, despite its presence in each of the previous models.

The fifth-generation Touch is approximately 1mm thinner than the fourth-generation model, and approximately 1.5mm thinner than the iPhone 5. Aside from the ambient light sensor, the Touch also lacks the iPhone's cellular connectivity hardware and a proximity sensor to disable the touchscreen when the device is held against a user's face.

Apple has yet to make an official statement explaining the hardware change. Despite the common specs between the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation Touch, a recent teardown suggests Apple chose cheaper components, such as the display panel, to shave costs from the flagship iPod.




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  1. Titanium Man

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    Joined: 03-09-01

    Originally Posted by NewsPosterView Post

    Aside from the ambient light sensor, the Touch also lacks the iPhone's cellular connectivity hardware and a proximity sensor to disable the touchscreen when the device is held against a user's face.



    It also lacks GPS.

  1. mytdave

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    Joined: 08-16-00

    Apple's obsession with thinness is past the point of ridiculous. Just add 1mm back to the device and put the damn sensor back in there. Ugh!

    Sacrifice 1mm and you can also have an even longer lasting battery in addition to the missing sensor... Grrrr.

  1. shivmodi

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    Joined: 02-07-13

    how much thin?

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by shivmodiView Post

    how much thin?



    Eight tons and a smidgen.

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