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  • iPod touch With Camera Pulled From eBay

    Rumors of an iPod touch model with a built-in camera appear to be substantiated by the appearance of a couple of apparent prototype devices on eBay. If the iPods weren't just elaborate hoaxes, they were 32GB models with integrated cameras on the back. The photos accompanying the listing showed Apple lab stickers, and matched the supposed leaked prototype that appeared on the Web last September. They were quickly pulled down after they were noticed by 9to5mac, so we may never know for sure if they were the genuine article.

    The two iPod touches were listed as "parts," so it's not clear whether they were working devices or not. They had DVT-1 and DVT-2 identifiers, which recalls the "DVT" (for “design verification test”) sticker that appeared on the "lost" fouirth-generation iPhone prototype. The device designated DVT-2 also had a bar code label with the legend “Apple Development Team” on it. Also visible in one photo is one device running the Apple SwitchBoard app switcher, with utility apps like BurnIn and SkankPhone visible on the screen. These are internal Apple utilities used on prototype iPods and iPhones, though the photo is not proof in and of itself that the device was actually running SwitchBoard, of course.

    When the third-generation iPod touch was released, Steve Jobs had said that the device was too thin to accept a camera. However, subsequent teardowns revealed a cavity just large enough for a camera inside the housing, in exactly the location of the lens on the purported prototype that was depicted by MacRumors, as well as the website of the Covino and Rich tech talk show on XM satellite radio. The pictures of the devices on eBay exactly match the iPod touch that appeared on those sites, indicating that there's either a really persistent counterfeiter out there, or Apple's got another "drunk engineer" leaking prototypes to the world.

    image via 9to5mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPod touch With Camera Pulled From eBay started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      dang. knew it though. thats really sensitive material.
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      deja vu
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      deja vu
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      HEY!! They stole my idea for "SwitchBoard!" =[
    1. jdyates's Avatar
      jdyates -
      Those 2 bidders must be PISSED. I wish my iTouch was designated "DVT".....
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      can't wait for the new ipod touches. will be sweet
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      more images

    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      ^^ now this is nasty
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Probably a fake, I had almost forgot about the iPod touch+camera rumours that swirled around early last September
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      I hope that this is real.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      ^^ look's authentic to me
    1. Brandonii's Avatar
      Brandonii -
      Does anyone else giggle at skankphone?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      ussually chinese fakes don't look even close to the real thing.. (cheap materials) this looks really close to apple products, but you never know
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      deff real. if they added a camera to the nano why wouldnt they put a camera to the touch in the new 4g line up.It would just be retarded.
    1. Fr4nk20's Avatar
      Fr4nk20 -
      honestly if apple has a social network for video calling planned out new touches are most likely to have a front facing cam since that brings the customer base up ridiculously.
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      ifixit shows a breakdown of the ipod touch 3G and the internals suggests that a camera could be added.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      imagine if it ended up here in the BST section
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I hope these are real. I've been holding on to my iPod touch 1st gen 8GB since the release and have been waiting for a major design upgrade to, well, upgrade