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Next-Gen iPod Touch to Get Camera, Microphone

Next-Gen iPod Touch to Get Camera, Microphone

 Next-Gen iPod Touch to Get Camera, MicrophoneI used to tell people that the iPod touch was really just an iPhone in disguise. If Apple were to include the phone part of the equation and integrate a camera in the back, the iPod touch and iPhone would be virtually indistinguishable. It seems that someone in Cupertino was paying attention.

This could very well cannibalize some sales and make for even further confusion in the marketplace, but there are rumors saying that a new Apple iPod touch is in the works and it’s going to be more iPhone-like than ever.

Based on these rumblings on the Internet, the new iPod touch will still lack the cellular radio required to make it into a cell phone, but Apple may include a microphone and a camera. Why would you need a microphone? Because the iTouch would be connected to a Skype account.

In this way, the new version of the iPod touch won’t be quite a cell phone, but it could be a viable replacement for a home phone using the Skype VoIP phone service. A source is saying that there are factories in China that are already making iPod touch models with mics and cameras. Apple, of course, refuses to comment.

Interestingly, this could also represent the first Verizon iPhone. How? Take the new mic-equipped iPod touch and connect it via Wi-Fi to a Verizon MiFi personal hotspot creator. Not official, but somewhat viable.

Source: Wired



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  1. i don't like the skpe thing…I think it should just be a itouch with a camera. :)

  2. you should go to http://www.apple.com and check out their news for offical ipod touch news

  3. iPod Touch ***NOT*** iTouch!

    Come on people, get the name right.

  4. Itouch 3 gen NEWS

    These of course, while appear to be real and available for sale, could be totally wrong in terms of ever properly fitting an iPod touch. My guess would have been just that, especially due to the fact that they are priced extremely cheap at $1.71.

    However, on the flip side, we also have some evidence offering support coming from a recent TechCrunch report.

    “One of our sources in Asia say that Apple has placed an order for a massive number of camera modules
    of the type that they include in the iPhone
    . These are inexpensive cameras, in the $10 range. And the size of the order, our source says, means they can only be used for one thing – the iPods.”
    That said, this is still far from anything official, however it does appear to make sense. After all, Apple has seemingly taken over the phone market with the iPhone, now they could overtake another market with such a video capable iPod touch. I for one would rather purchase an iPod touch that could record video (as well as use the many other available apps) as opposed to another inexpensive handheld camcorder
    such as the Flip.

  5. Itouch 3 gen NEWS

    The latest rumor surrounding the iPod touch is calling for that device to soon be sporting a camera. This rumor is coming from a few points, with a few pieces of “evidence.” Of course, you can judge for yourself if you believe, or even want them to be true. Personally, I would say that an iPod touch with a camera, especially if it can handle video such as the iPhone 3GS would be a welcomed device.

    Anyway, getting back to the evidence. We have recently seen some more cases pop-up online that show a hole for a camera lens on the back side. The cases are clearly labeled as being for the 3rd generation iPod touch and can be found on DealExtreme.

  6. The Itouch 3g will most likely come out on September 9th 2009, just like the itouch 2g which came out on the 9th too. As you can see it is a pattern. Therefore, I am 90% right about this conclution. Just check on wekipedia if you want to clarify this.:D

  7. why would that be a problem seeing as this isnt a mobile…..

  8. The problem with this idea is that the monthly charge for the verizon mifi is $60 month AND there is a severe use restriction.

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