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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. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I'm just having a hard time trying to understand why they didn't put a camera in there (like most of you, I'm sure). Economics? What does that mean? Were they trying to undercut the Zune? Were they trying to minimize construction costs and maximize profits?

      It's kind of weird how everyone is still kind of in shock and confusion about it not getting a camera -- it was the logical next step. Personally, if it had a camera I would have seriously thought about trading in my 3rd gen Touch for one. Now I have very little reason to consider upgrading. I thought Apple made their money from people that "trade-up". I mean, my family and I have owned so many iPods that I find some behind the couch with dust and cobwebs on them, or in a box at the bottom of my closet.

      Maybe they just kind of dropped the ball because Jobs was sick. Internally maybe they were just confused as to which step to take next without Jobs there. If that's the case, it will be interesting to see how successful Apple will be once he retires, or worse.
    1. Moreno53's Avatar
      Moreno53 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Frostbite View Post
      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
      Your an idiot. He said activate not update...NOOB @ reading comprehension.
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      if u are familiar with macbooks, notice that lil hole to the right of the camera?

      on macbooks, thats a mic.


      could it be?
    1. silent revolt's Avatar
      silent revolt -
      umm a while back there was a post about how att was all excited about iphone and wanted the "iphone a year" to be a tradtion and at that point i made a similar comment, apple is going to hold eveyones money hostage pretty much, they have given up on inovation and replaced it with blatant in your face ********....you bet that empty space in the ipod was ment for a camera, perhaps there isnt one there because of quality and that could very well be the case, but it soo like apple to thrive on last year technology but with new paint....IE the 3gs SOOO could have come out when the 3g did but instead they waited until cost per phone went down from like 800 to 300 and in the name of sales they will do it again like this forever, now that they are a not only a contender in the mobil market but a leader...but hey not for long, thing about buisness is the guy that is first always ends up last as someone else picks up the slack....but hey apple realy does have outstanding quality IMO so heres to the next iphone and perhaps a lazer beam forget a camera when you can lazer stuff
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I'm just having a hard time trying to understand why they didn't put a camera in there (like most of you, I'm sure). Economics? What does that mean? Were they trying to undercut the Zune? Were they trying to minimize construction costs and maximize profits?

      It's kind of weird how everyone is still kind of in shock and confusion about it not getting a camera -- it was the logical next step. Personally, if it had a camera I would have seriously thought about trading in my 3rd gen Touch for one. Now I have very little reason to consider upgrading. I thought Apple made their money from people that "trade-up". I mean, my family and I have owned so many iPods that I find some behind the couch with dust and cobwebs on them, or in a box at the bottom of my closet.

      Maybe they just kind of dropped the ball because Jobs was sick. Internally maybe they were just confused as to which step to take next without Jobs there. If that's the case, it will be interesting to see how successful Apple will be once he retires, or worse.
      Dude read through the posts read some articles, the didn't put it in because the cameras they bought wern't working. I think apple tends to put customer satisfaction up high they arnt trying to screw us over.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
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    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      i don't understand how this thing can say it's a genuine like if it was truely one of the new itouches with the camera in it and stuff with the camera in the same place the new itouch has the thing then why is it all scratched up and beat up?
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      Quote Originally Posted by santaf View Post
      i don't understand how this thing can say it's a genuine like if it was truely one of the new itouches with the camera in it and stuff with the camera in the same place the new itouch has the thing then why is it all scratched up and beat up?
      supposedly the ipod they have is a model that was given to them for a durability test or it was one left over from a durability test which would explain the scratches
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      ohh i see i see makes sense then if that is true
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      ^^Or the fact that even air scratches the backs of iPods!!

      And FrostBite, your a noob!!
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      ^^Or the fact that even air scratches the backs of iPods!!

      And FrostBite, your a noob!!
      I know seriously i hate the backs of the ipod touch i have been thinking about trying a brushed metal effect on it or a sand blasting like technique of course first id buy a replacement back to try it on
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      rhino line it
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      so does this mean that an itouch with camera will come out soon!??
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      nobody knows
    1. Lolski's Avatar
      Lolski -
      I doubt they will bring out an iPod Touch with a camera at all...
    1. wrathchild's Avatar
      wrathchild -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lolski View Post
      I doubt they will bring out an iPod Touch with a camera at all...
      They might, but not until next year.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      maybe next year..