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Prototype pics of iPod touch 3G confirm camera, design changes

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, August 14, 2009
News Categories: iPod

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Update: Every 2009 iPod reviewed, photographed and more including the iPod touch 3G.

A group of pictures showing what is believed to be a prototype third-generation iPod touch used for screen impact testing confirm that the device will sport a rear-mounted camera, as had been previously rumored. The pictures, which were sent to iLounge by the Maxim Radio show Covino and Rich, show the presence of a “2009” marking on one of the device’s circuit boards, as well as a camera sensor module in the appropriate place for the rear-facing camera, shown in a separate shot. The photos also confirm that the new touch will keep the same size and aspect screen, and will keep the headphone port, volume buttons, sleep/wake button, and plastic antenna cover in the same positions as found on the second-generation device; interestingly, the camera is depicted with an iPhone-like metal ring around its lens, and a pinhole off to its right side.

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With this addition, i don’t know how the psp go system will be able to compete with the ipod touch. Both are considered gaming systems, but the ipod is cheaper, has the potential for more memory, has a touch screen, and now has a camera. It also has a faster processor than the psp go is going to have. The psp go is going to have a tough time selling in competition to this.

Posted by mogey16816 on August 14, 2009 at 12:27 PM (PDT)

2

Love the iPod touch but I wish Apple would get rid of that “SCRATCH-PRONE” rear casing…PLEASE APPLE!

Posted by muzikmaniac on August 14, 2009 at 12:44 PM (PDT)

3

Engadget is reporting that the photos are fakes.

Posted by Ned Scott on August 14, 2009 at 3:46 PM (PDT)

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#3 - they have now posted a video which seems to disprove their previous doubts…

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 14, 2009 at 4:04 PM (PDT)

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This is a strong possibility. Being that yet again Apple is giving away a iTouch with purchase of a Mac. Last time Apple did this, it was with the iPod Nanos, then that september, they announced a new iPod Nano soon to hit stores. So im sure there will be a new iTouch, And it wouldnt be that big of a surprise if it had a camera built in. Theres my two cents. haha

Posted by Blake on August 14, 2009 at 8:51 PM (PDT)

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APPLE PLEASE GET RID OF THE CHROME!!! Just replace it with colored aluminum like what’s on the Nano, and it would look so much better. Not to mention being a thousand times more durable.

Posted by Dylan Messer on August 15, 2009 at 1:40 AM (PDT)

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Do we also think they’ll do their usual memory upgrades, which seems to happen with each new generation of iPods?

Posted by Paul Marone on August 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM (PDT)

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I’m kind of siding with some out there- if they make it 64gb and priced at $400, I’ll probably be hooked into upgrading from my 16gb 1st gen.

My fear is that the touch will only have photographic capabilities, but not the video capabilities found in the iPhone.

Posted by Michael on August 15, 2009 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

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@mogey16816

lol… the iPod Touch is not a gaming system.  It is a multimedia device.  To call the Touch a gaming system is akin to calling a cellphone a gaming system because it can play some mini-games.

There are some user-generated minigames on the Touch and iPhone but they’re relatively simplistic in terms of gameplay.  The PSP and DS are gaming systems, they have actual games on it.

Until you see Square-Enic, Capcom, Konami, and etc. developing any games for the iPod Touch, no.

Anyone buying a iPod Touch to play games is a dumbass. LOL, to even call the iPod Touch a gaming system is hilarious.

Posted by Tate on August 15, 2009 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

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If nothing radical has changed, then perhaps the Zune HD is the way to go.

Posted by Fanman on August 15, 2009 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

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@Tate

Actually Square Enix, Capcom and Konami all have games available on the iPhone\Touch.

Posted by tadad1 on August 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM (PDT)

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Make it 16GB or 32GB with video and a better battery all under £200 and im upgrading my 1st gen which has been rendered useless by the 3.0 update.

Apple does’nt really have to worry about the Zune HD in the UK and Europe as its isn’t coming across the pond from you guys for some time and when it does Apple will probably be onto the 4th gen ipod touch anyway.

Posted by Andrew on August 15, 2009 at 8:52 PM (PDT)

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@Tate
‘‘Until you see Square-Enic, Capcom, Konami, and etc. developing any games for the iPod Touch, no.’‘

they already have pretty good games.
dumb are the minds who speak before thinking

Posted by samsam77 on August 17, 2009 at 2:57 AM (PDT)

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What I don’t understand is this. Why not put a camera in the front of the device so you can have a “SKYPE” conversation. Not really going to work to well with the itouch screen turned away from you.

Posted by Tony5272 on August 18, 2009 at 8:34 AM (PDT)

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It’s an iPod touch people, not an iTouch. Get it right FFS.

Posted by trollymctroll on August 18, 2009 at 4:57 PM (PDT)

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It’s an iPod touch people, not an iTouch. Get it right FFS.

Posted by trollymctroll on August 18, 2009 at 4:57 PM (PDT)

Hey trollymctroll, itouch is short for ipod touch or slang for it. BTW why are you so angry? Get a life. You know what everyone is talking about.

Posted by Tony5272 on August 19, 2009 at 3:10 AM (PDT)

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From the rumors and the confirmed rumors that I have read, I am going to assume these upgrades:

1) iPod Touch line - 16gb, 32gb, 64gb with the 64gb priced at $399
2) 5mega-pixel camera that can not only take stills, but also captures HD video
3) Upgraded hardware to match the iPhone 3Gs
4) Overall size will be same
5) New screen that limits or completely eradicates finger prints

The only real question I have.  Will Apple put the hardware for GPS in the new Touch.  TomTom just released information that they are compatible with the iPhone 3Gs and iTouch. It would be nice if iLounge or anyone else can provide what details they know about the possibility of GPS.

As with anything from Apple, you never know exactly what upgrades are happening until the hardware/software is released. In the end, we will have to wait until Sept. 9th to know for sure.

Posted by knight292 on August 19, 2009 at 7:00 AM (PDT)

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