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Schiller: iPod touch ‘too thin’ for light sensor

The new fifth-generation iPod touch lacks a light sensor to enable an auto-brightness setting, and its thin body is the reason, according to an email from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. Published by 9to5Mac, Schiller’s email was sent in response to a customer who inquired about the lack of an auto-brightness setting, an omission noted in iLounge’s review of the new iPod touch last week. “The 5th generation iPod touch does not have a built-in automatic light sensor (it’s just too thin!),” Schiller wrote. The new iPod touch is 0.24” thick.

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Then why the frak did they not make it thicker? My 8 y.o. daughter’s least favorite thing about her new touch is that it’s too thin even for an 8 y.o. girl’s hands.

Posted by Code Monkey on October 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM (CDT)


Somebody actually tried to tell me today (with a straight face, no less), that the iPod touch doesn’t need a light sensor because people don’t use it outside, since it’s Wi-Fi only.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM (CDT)


The Touch is now in its “Calista Flockhart” phase ... haven’t we gone thin enough Phil? Eventually you reach the point of fragility and compromised features.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM (CDT)


It’s thick enough to put a full-fledged 5 MP camera, but not thick enough to put a simple photodiode? Yeah right.

Posted by AzN1337c0d3r on October 18, 2012 at 2:27 AM (CDT)


@3: heh, you said, “eventually” ;-)

Posted by Code Monkey on October 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM (CDT)

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