Apple announces 16GB iPod Touch - but with no rear camera

For the first time since the discontinuation of the 4th generation iPod Touch, Apple have released a 16GB iteration of the device. The new music player, which is now available for purchase on the online store, features a brushed aluminium rear shell, a 4-inch retina display and a front-facing FaceTime HD camera.

Notably, the 5MP rear camera, as seen on the 5th generation iPod Touch, available in 32 and 64GB capacities, is missing from the new iPod. The new device packs the same dual-core A5 processor, required for driving the high resolution display.

Apple have also omitted the "loop" lanyard hook as seen on the 32 and 64GB versions of the device, a useful feature that surely comes in handy with joggers and commuters alike. It is not yet clear why the company decided not to include it, given that the dimensions of the device are identical. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera is the same as on the higher-capacity models, squeezed into the 6.1mm-thin body.

The new 16GB iPod Touch is available to order now through Apple's online store - the company says it'll be on its way within 24 hours.

Source: Apple

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Haven't checked the price but if it's lots cheaper, than I'd definitely prefer the cheaper one without camera. Assuming we all have a smartphone, we can take shots using our phones anyway (and probably with better quality, assuming we upgrade our phone more than our portable mp3 player)

A used Android phone like a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate can be found for around $80-100 these days, and while it's a single core device, the Wolfson DAC, the SuperAMOLED display and 16GB onboard with a microSD slot for even more capacity makes it pretty much infinitely superior to paying this much for a purely standalone PMP, seriously.

If you're gonna spend that much, might as well get an actual phone these days.

br0adband said,
If you're gonna spend that much, might as well get an actual phone these days.

Just a guess, but most people in the market for an (iOS-based) iPod touch probably aren't interested in an Android phone as an alternative.

"wildly popular music player"

popular?, i owned one but it is too bulky to be used as a proper portable player and for anything else, a smartphone is more than enough.

Brony said,
"wildly popular music player"

popular?, i owned one but it is too bulky to be used as a proper portable player and for anything else, a smartphone is more than enough.


I still prefer my Nano to listening to music on my cell phone... You just can't get anywhere near the playback time on a phone as you can on an iPod...

This is fantastic, the cameras on the iPods have always been crap anyway. I'd rather take the lower price than to pay more for the device which has a nearly unusable camera.

FalseAgent said,
This is fantastic, the cameras on the iPods have always been crap anyway. I'd rather take the lower price than to pay more for the device which has a nearly unusable camera.

iPod touch (5th generation) has a better camera the iPhone 4 has. Same resolution, but support for 1080p video and panorama photos.

If you're not familiar with the types of photos an iPhone 4 can take, check this out: http://www.engadget.com/galler...e-4-camera-samples/3057470/

So ... yeah, the iPod touch (5th generation) has a far from "crap" camera.

M_Lyons10 said,
Nice option for some people.

Yeah thats exactly what I wanted silver back, black front and no rear camera I frankly never use the loop so the bump for me is the capacity...TBH I can't complain about my black iTouch 5g.

This doesn't seem like a logical move, it just creates confusion between devices. Apple's design is all about simplicity, it is what works for them. If people want a thinner device without feature x at price y then they choose something else. If they want an iPod they go to apple, introducing a 16GB iTouch 5th gen but with no camera and slightly different specs seems a silly move to me.

Auzeras said,
This doesn't seem like a logical move, it just creates confusion between devices. Apple's design is all about simplicity, it is what works for them. If people want a thinner device without feature x at price y then they choose something else. If they want an iPod they go to apple, introducing a 16GB iTouch 5th gen but with no camera and slightly different specs seems a silly move to me.

Well - what was the last smart move after introducing touch optimised smartphones?

-adrian- said,

Well - what was the last smart move after introducing touch optimised smartphones?

You can't think of any smart move since the introduction of the iPhone...seriously?

Apple has usually kept an iPod touch from the previous generation for a cheaper price along with the newer generation ones.

This time they're just updating that cheaper one before the refresh and making a spin-off instead of advertising it as the cheap previous generation iPod and making people feel like they're buying a previous generation device (even though that's what's hapenning - minus the camera).