Originally Posted by TBell
I think the technical reason is BS. Clearly, the camera works in the Nano, so why wouldn't it work in the Touch? I think the real reason is Apple changed it's mind about offering the cheap camera that is in the Nano in the Touch. It will wait until it can fit the iPhone camera in the Touch. I think that is the right thing to do.
This thread is pretty much an exercise in futility what with teckstud shouting his nonsense from the sidelines, but I'll contribute anyway.
I think it's a clearly a mistake to assume they were going to use the same camera just because the "hole" discovered is the same size.
If those pictures of the iPod touch prototype with the camera were real
(which is pretty much all this rumour has to go on), the camera has to be different
. The hole for the lens assembly looks much bigger, and the lens itself looked bigger to me than even the one on the current iPhone. It might have been the same part but with a different lens assembly or a completely different part altogether.
Someone already pointed out that no one can remember an Apple product shipping with a "hole" for a part like this that isn't there. Typically, if they are going to make a version with a camera and one without they design two completely different devices, not just leave it out of one model. It's way more likely that this was a simple manufacturing screwup. Some stupid supplier promises the earth and then tells them at the last minute that they can't make the part for whatever reasons and it has to be left out.
You can bet that the company in question wasn't
Apple, that there was a penalty
involved in their mistake, that Steve is totally pissed
about it, and that (if there are any other options), Apple probably won't deal with that company ever again.