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  • leaked iPod Touch prototype had camera


    Images of an iPod Touch leaked to the blog of XM talk show hosts Covino and Rich and MacRumors last month showed a camera near the top of the device, in exactly the location of the 6x6x3mm cavity on the released Touch.

    A comparison of the leaked images of the device's internals with the iFixit teardown, meanwhile, shows that the leak was genuine. So it seems clear that Apple had intended to put a camera in the 3rd generation iPod Touch. The question is - given the hoopla surrounding the "It's Only Rock'N'Roll" event, and the release of a video camera on the 5th generation nano - why didn't they?

    Steve Jobs, in an interview with the New York Times, asserts that the decision was driven by economics. AppleInsider, among others, finds this explanation unconvincing, noting that problems had been reported in the sensor hardware Apple had purchased for the new product.

    So if the quality issues can be overcome, one shouldn't be surprised if Touches suddenly start shipping with cameras, and at the same price point. And within weeks, not months: as everyone from Jobs to MacWorld.com's Jason Snell continues to remind us, Christmas is when iPods fly off the shelves. If Apple wants another high-visibility news story to grab holiday dollars, a hardware upgrade that they're already tooled for could be it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: leaked iPod Touch prototype had camera started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. fubit86's Avatar
      fubit86 -
      I highly doubt they release is before new year's september event. They will just piss off the people that bought the new ipod touch if they release a NEWER one within weeks
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      They wouldnt play a strategy that clandestine. It wouldnt produce the fanfare that apple loves and thrives on.
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Yeah its not gonna happen in weeks. But Jobs is right it does have to do with economics. Next year when the touch needs a redo, it'll be the "same" thing, but with a camera. Those sneaky bastards are thinking in advance. Makes me wonder if they were planning the 3gs, the same time they were announcing the 3g.
    1. nikhilr51's Avatar
      nikhilr51 -
      It aint gonna happen. Maybe a firmare update to activate FM radio? They might do an ipod shuffle and release a new touch in march (or somewhere around there) next year.

      Ghey.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      I believe they just decided to pose it as a gaming device at the last moment though there is a great possibility of some defect that caused this last minute drop-out..
    1. PhrequenC's Avatar
      PhrequenC -
      fake pic ftl
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      hasnt this been posted before

      if they didnt release it this 9th why would they release this Holiday

      that would be a low blow to customers who bought the new ipod touch
    1. Stefanradev2v's Avatar
      Stefanradev2v -
      Quote Originally Posted by babyblue_pimp View Post
      Yeah its not gonna happen in weeks. But Jobs is right it does have to do with economics. Next year when the touch needs a redo, it'll be the "same" thing, but with a camera. Those sneaky bastards are thinking in advance. Makes me wonder if they were planning the 3gs, the same time they were announcing the 3g.
      Well they did have the iPhone2,1 (3Gs) string in the /System/Library/AppleUSBDevice/USBDeviceConfiguration.plistof the final 2.0 (5A347) build. This file did also tell us in advance about the iPod3,1 (iPod 3G) as well as some iPod2,2 which we never saw.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Never...EVER going happen. If it is going to be release, it is very unlikely.
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      am i the only 1 that noticed the small hole next 2 the camera on the touch and the new nano
      is that a light?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      ^I don't think you're the only one who notice the small hole and I doubt it is the light.
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      Quote Originally Posted by fubit86 View Post
      I highly doubt they release is before new year's september event. They will just piss off the people that bought the new ipod touch if they release a NEWER one within weeks
      Ya but they could allow peolpe to send in there ones they bought that are 3rd gen. the stuff is already there they can just take off the backplate and place it back in the production line for a minimal fee
    1. gothgothpunk's Avatar
      gothgothpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      am i the only 1 that noticed the small hole next 2 the camera on the touch and the new nano
      is that a light?
      Its called a Microphone...
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      am i the only 1 that noticed the small hole next 2 the camera on the touch and the new nano
      is that a light?
      That, my friend, is a microphone for recording video .
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Quote Originally Posted by nikhilr51 View Post
      It aint gonna happen. Maybe a firmare update to activate FM radio? They might do an ipod shuffle and release a new touch in march (or somewhere around there) next year.

      Ghey.
      LOL noob, the FM receiver is hardware and last time I checked you can not update hardware via firmware

      Although you can use a free app on the app store that does essentially the same thing, its called iheartradio all one word
    1. agent005's Avatar
      agent005 -
      My firm belief-

      They did intend to release it; but had some issues. Now, should they decide to release with camera before holiday, some crazy send-in-ipt3g-receive-camera upgrade. This is very unlikely in my opinion.

      I would suspect something to do with the FM chip will be announced with the holidays, along with a price drop.

      I would also expect the new iPhone (which is recycled every June thus far) would be coupled with a 'new' iPod Touch with camera. That would produce a lot of hype.

      They are definitely thinking ahead with their products. They purposefully put a handicap, to make it seem like they are upgrading, when really they are just enabling.

      Another possibility I see happening is the Tablet being announced next year. Maybe Demo'd as a surprise with the new iPhone, to distract from the camera-less iPod Touch. Then implement the camera next year.

      But hey. Who knows.

      Quote Originally Posted by Periodic View Post
      Ya but they could allow peolpe to send in there ones they bought that are 3rd gen. the stuff is already there they can just take off the backplate and place it back in the production line for a minimal fee
      Beat me to it, but not for a minimal fee haha. It's Apple. '$50 Camera upgrade!'
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      Quote Originally Posted by agent005 View Post
      My firm belief-

      They did intend to release it; but had some issues. Now, should they decide to release with camera before holiday, some crazy send-in-ipt3g-receive-camera upgrade. This is very unlikely in my opinion.

      I would suspect something to do with the FM chip will be announced with the holidays, along with a price drop.

      I would also expect the new iPhone (which is recycled every June thus far) would be coupled with a 'new' iPod Touch with camera. That would produce a lot of hype.

      They are definitely thinking ahead with their products. They purposefully put a handicap, to make it seem like they are upgrading, when really they are just enabling.

      Another possibility I see happening is the Tablet being announced next year. Maybe Demo'd as a surprise with the new iPhone, to distract from the camera-less iPod Touch. Then implement the camera next year.

      But hey. Who knows.



      Beat me to it, but not for a minimal fee haha. It's Apple. '$50 Camera upgrade!'
      Ya if they got it working tomorrow i think that they would switch them out for free but if it was like 6 months who knows
    1. Xonix09's Avatar
      Xonix09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      hasnt this been posted before

      if they didnt release it this 9th why would they release this Holiday

      that would be a low blow to customers who bought the new ipod touch
      Do you think apple cares about giving people low blows? I mean they released a new itouch without a camera even though that's what we were hoping.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Might have something to do with Microsoft releasing the 16gb Zune HD @ 219. 10 less than a 8gb touch (at zune release)
      I know Apple has dedicated followers, but the way the economy is right now parents are going to go for the cheaper.
      Of course this is all just a thought.
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xonix09 View Post
      Do you think apple cares about giving people low blows? I mean they released a new itouch without a camera even though that's what we were hoping.
      There are a lot of reports that say they didnt because of glitches with the cameras, maybe they dont want to give us a prduct that doesnt work yet? hmm?

      why is your "thanked 2 times" in black and bold where everyone elses is orange....edithh its back to normal now