Rumor: Next generation iPod Nano revealed?

The next refresh of Apple's iPod line up of media players may still be several months away but a Taiwan-based site claims to have pictures of what the next generation iPod Nano will look like. The site, tw.apple.pro, seems to suggest that the next version of the Nano will retain the small square form of the current generation of the device.

The biggest change is the addition of a camera lens in the back of the Nano which, if true, would signal a return to having a camera or video recorded on the device. The 2009 version did include a camera-video recorder but the current version ditched it. The site claims that the camera will only have support for 1.3 megapixels so don't expect high-def quality images from the device. As Apple Insider points out, tw.apple.pro has been correct in leaking images and info for previous versions of the iPod Nano over the years.

Apple will likely revamp the iPod line up of media players, including the iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle and the iPod Classic, sometime in September, just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin. As we have noted before, it's looking likely that the new fifth generation version of Apple's iPhone won't be released in the June or July time as it has in the past. The rumor is that AT&T, one of the two US wireless phone providers that sell the iPhone, is already telling some of its customers not to expect the product to come out in June or July.

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FMH said,
This could be iPod touch 4G's front facing camera.

Huh? The front facing camera on the iPod touch 4G isn't 1.3MP (even the rear one isn't that high). However, If this turns out to be true, it will hopefully mean that the 5th gen iPod touch will get better cameras (which, along with GPS, would be about the only things that it really lacks from being just about perfect for me). I love my iPod Touch 4G, but really do wish it had a better camera, although the video quality is fairly good.

nub said,
I don't understand why anybody would even buy this.

Apple is dumb in many ways. When they see something benificial, they will implement the technology into everything they have. The latest is a camera and an app store. I am sure they will put the camera in the shuffle and you know the app store will be in the new OSX version.... wow an EXTREMELY huge iPhone.... haha....lol..... you know their Thunderbolt Technology (actually intel's technology) was still in beta testing phase when they added the technology to their line of products.

jesseinsf said,

Apple is dumb in many ways. When they see something benificial, they will implement the technology into everything they have. The latest is a camera and an app store. I am sure they will put the camera in the shuffle and you know the app store will be in the new OSX version.... wow an EXTREMELY huge iPhone.... haha....lol..... you know their Thunderbolt Technology (actually intel's technology) was still in beta testing phase when they added the technology to their line of products.

did you even use thunderbolt for a period of time? How do you know is still beta?

Ugh, I hate the new nano. Apple made everything s**t with a touchscreen.

iTouch and iPhone are ok for touch but its ridiculous on this. Plus the fact they took away the old candy bar style nano

Vambo said,
Camera looks like a hex bolt!

Probably how they install the retaining ring and remove it if necessary for repair later on. And this is probably just a prototype, so it might not be exactly like a production one.

Does seem baffling to add a camera to the Nano, especially such a low resolution one.. but if they can add it without adding anything to the price then why the hell not?

Chicane-UK said,
Does seem baffling to add a camera to the Nano, especially such a low resolution one.. but if they can add it without adding anything to the price then why the hell not?

1.3MP is a higher resolution than what the iPod touch currently has. In a device as thin as these, they are very limited in the sensors they can use. While I have no interest in the nano, I would love to see a 1.3MP or higher camera in the next model of iPod touch.

yay, another nano. /s

I dont understand why they keep updating this device. Little to no new features and normally just a look redesign...and the fact they keep removing and adding the camera.

techbeck said,
yay, another nano. /s

I dont understand why they keep updating this device. Little to no new features and normally just a look redesign...and the fact they keep removing and adding the camera.

Because people buy it.

techbeck said,
yay, another nano. /s

I dont understand why they keep updating this device. Little to no new features and normally just a look redesign...and the fact they keep removing and adding the camera.


It does what an iPod was originally designed to do -- play music. And it's the most portable of the bunch.

I already own an iPad 2 and my iPod touch from 2008 is still working fine, but I would love a new iPod classic as a replacement.

I saw the 6th gen Nano described somewhere as 'the iPod shuffle for rich people' and I think that description is spot on. I have a 5th gen Nano and I couldn't be more pleased with it - the voice recording feature was actually surprisingly good (especially considering how expensive a good dictaphone can be) and watching video on it was a lot less eye-straining than I expected. The fact that they took out several useful features such as these in the 6th gen Nano seemed counterproductive and/or a ploy to get you to buy an iPhone. But maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist.

ccoltmanm said,
These are used for runners and gym people. I don't want a camera in the locker room.

A very well hidden camera

ccoltmanm said,
These are used for runners and gym people. I don't want a camera in the locker room.

If someone wants to film you in the buff then they won't be waiting for this iPod Nano to come out to do so.

ccoltmanm said,
These are used for runners and gym people. I don't want a camera in the locker room.

First thing I thought man!! Taking pics of all the girls in the gym. YEEEEEHAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(the cell phone can already be used to take pics in the locker room)

warwagon said,
Blah, the last and best iPod nano was the 4th generation iPod nano. It went way down hill from there.

I own a 5th gen Nano, and I still think it's the best one. Sure, the camera is useless, but it's still got a slightly bigger screen compared to the 4th gen, and the paint finish isn't quite as dull.

Eugene C said,

I own a 5th gen Nano, and I still think it's the best one. Sure, the camera is useless, but it's still got a slightly bigger screen compared to the 4th gen, and the paint finish isn't quite as dull.

Ok 4th and 5th. But once they removed the buttons and made it touch controlled, it was all down hill from there.

I fully agree, the iPod nano 5g was perfect. If they made a 32 GB version of it I would have bought it immediately. Can't stand the current design, the clip makes it look like a cheap toy as well. At least they're getting rid of that apparently, so I guess that's something.

I prefer the 4th and 5th gen Nanos over the current gen too. The touch screen doesn't seem to add anything to the device, and the difference is size is very negligible.

.Neo said,
I fully agree, the iPod nano 5g was perfect. If they made a 32 GB version of it I would have bought it immediately. Can't stand the current design, the clip makes it look like a cheap toy as well. At least they're getting rid of that apparently, so I guess that's something.

The clip is handy for something this small though.

Eugene C said,
The clip is handy for something this small though.

Because something this small suddenly won't fit into a pocket anymore?

warwagon said,
Blah, the last and best iPod nano was the 4th generation iPod nano. It went way down hill from there.

Agree.

.Neo said,
Because something this small suddenly won't fit into a pocket anymore?

It'd be a lot handier to have something so small to just be clipped onto something, instead of having to fish out something so small from a large pocket.

Unless you're wearing girl pants.

Faisal Islam said,
OH...it was enough. Who wants an iPod nowadays?

As far as I know iPod sales haven't been higher, so millions of people apparently?

.Neo said,

As far as I know iPod sales haven't been higher, so millions of people apparently?
The sales have been decreasing quater-over-quater actually.

In a market that deals almost completely with HD video capture, I don't understand [if this is true] Apple's decision to add a camera to an iPod Nano (let alone only 1.3 megapixels). Still, I suppose I should have seen this coming seeing as every upgrade Apple makes seems to include a shiny new camera on it.

JAGFin1 said,
In a market that deals almost completely with HD video capture, I don't understand [if this is true] Apple's decision to add a camera to an iPod Nano (let alone only 1.3 megapixels). Still, I suppose I should have seen this coming seeing as every upgrade Apple makes seems to include a shiny new camera on it.

The MP thing again... I always think our sense of scale and proportions tend to get completely off the wall when talking Megapixels.

This camera is hardly intended for printing photo albums. People own digital cameras for that. Digital cameras shoot at 5 MP or more. More than 5 MP are usually wasted unless you intend to print posters. Which most cheap digital cameras with more than 5 MP have too poor optics for. So people selling you tiny 10 MP cameras on the MP argument alone are scamming you. They need a too large sensor to be very small to make use of 10 MP properly.

OK, so about this camera. Again. This camera is clearly intended for a demography that likes to share quick & dirty photos online on Facebook and mail, hardly for excellent, detailed shots for future family generations. On computer displays, 1.3 MP corresponds to a full-screen image on a 13" computer display.

Northgrove said,

The MP thing again... I always think our sense of scale and proportions tend to get completely off the wall when talking Megapixels.

This camera is hardly intended for printing photo albums. People own digital cameras for that. Digital cameras shoot at 5 MP or more. More than 5 MP are usually wasted unless you intend to print posters. Which most cheap digital cameras with more than 5 MP have too poor optics for. So people selling you tiny 10 MP cameras on the MP argument alone are scamming you. They need a too large sensor to be very small to make use of 10 MP properly.

OK, so about this camera. Again. This camera is clearly intended for a demography that likes to share quick & dirty photos online on Facebook and mail, hardly for excellent, detailed shots for future family generations. On computer displays, 1.3 MP corresponds to a full-screen image on a 13" computer display.

If it even takes photos at all. The last iPod nano that had a camera only took video, which is a bit more forgiving

MP size is uselly useless. The only time a person should be conserned about the MP size of a Digital camra is when your going to buy a DSLR these days.

Northgrove said,

The MP thing again... I always think our sense of scale and proportions tend to get completely off the wall when talking Megapixels.

This camera is hardly intended for printing photo albums. People own digital cameras for that. Digital cameras shoot at 5 MP or more. More than 5 MP are usually wasted unless you intend to print posters. Which most cheap digital cameras with more than 5 MP have too poor optics for. So people selling you tiny 10 MP cameras on the MP argument alone are scamming you. They need a too large sensor to be very small to make use of 10 MP properly.


My argument wasn't entirely based on the resolution of the camera; it was more on the idea that they actually put a camera in the thing in the first place. It's always been my belief that something that small should really only suffice for one thing (in this case, playing music). I can appreciate Apple wanting to add more functionality to it, but I don't see why the Nano needs it.

Northgrove said,

OK, so about this camera. Again. This camera is clearly intended for a demography that likes to share quick & dirty photos online on Facebook and mail, hardly for excellent, detailed shots for future family generations. On computer displays, 1.3 MP corresponds to a full-screen image on a 13" computer display.

And I actually agree with that, but who doesn't have a mobile phone nowadays that can't already do that? Especially with the growing market of smartphones that have Facebook and Twitter apps with ready functions to upload these photos on the go. In hindsight, if the functionality was added, this device coupled with a camera would make an excellent portable webcam.

I guess I'm over-thinking these things but it just seems a bit illogical to me.

JAGFin1 said,
In a market that deals almost completely with HD video capture, I don't understand [if this is true] Apple's decision to add a camera to an iPod Nano (let alone only 1.3 megapixels). Still, I suppose I should have seen this coming seeing as every upgrade Apple makes seems to include a shiny new camera on it.

Well, 1.3 MP = 1280 x 1024. It is likely that, like the iPod Touch, it will shoot 720p HD video (1280 x 720) and produce still images at the same resolution. For video 720p is pretty good for such a small device. A still frame image taken from the same sensor is poor for today's standards.

This just seems silly to me. The fact that it has a camera just seems like a bonus. You already have a camera on your phone and if you really wanted to take photos you would get an actual camera.

JAGFin1 said,
In a market that deals almost completely with HD video capture, I don't understand [if this is true] Apple's decision to add a camera to an iPod Nano (let alone only 1.3 megapixels). Still, I suppose I should have seen this coming seeing as every upgrade Apple makes seems to include a shiny new camera on it.

Remember they are from the 60s. Their brains are already fried. Maybe their next move would be to put a "Shiny" new camera on the earbud cord.... lol