Originally Posted by desarc
i believe the camera issue rumor relates to still photos on the NANO, and will probably be fixed with an update in the near future to enable photos.
Jobs explained to Pogue at NYT why no still photos on nano, and why it's not coming anytime soon. He said video sensors are very thin and fit in nano. Photo sensors are not, and do not fit in nano. I don't know if it's to be inferred that the photo sensors are supposed to be for higher resolutions or not.
Of course, Jobs doesn't ever tell the whole truth to the media. So take it for what it's worth.
the closest thing i heard to explaining why the touch might not have video is that it's a stopgap until the tablet is announced in 4 months... still an odd upgrade - especially the nano fm tuner. for a company that eliminated the floppy disc from the iMac and the optical drive from the Air, WHY add an antiquated radio frequency?
The FM tuner has pretty much been available on the chips used in iPods pretty much since the days of the mini. Apple just chose not to use it and not to put in the receiver support. It does make you wonder why they added it now. Were they responding to customer interest (i.e., the gym folks who want to hear what's on the TV)?
btw, Jobs also said to Pogue that touch doesn't have video since Apple's goal was to make it cheaper. So did Apple spend the engineering resources to put a camera in the touch? Maybe not, and as you said, the camera problem rumor had to do with nano still photos, not touch. It's plausible that Apple only spent limited engineering resources on the touch this cycle, as it is has always been their habit (on both Mac and iPod) not to do major refreshes every year. (We get speed bumps in intervening refreshes.)
Looked at another way: In Aug 2008, it costed $199 to buy an 8GB nano. In Sep 2009, it costs $199 to buy an 8GB touch.
There is progress, just not as much as we want. (I too was waiting for the touch with camera, and was very disappointed.)