Originally Posted by Clive At Five
I'm with you on this one, Teckstud.
There's absolutely no reason there shouldn't have been a camera on the iPod Touch and the "Gaming Device" BS was just a coverup for their own failure... or greed... you decide.
The fact is that the Nano got one and their beloved the iPhone got one (true video support anyway) so either it's a mfg error or an insulting up-sell to spite those who aren't stupid enough to buy more than they need or settle for the inferior 90%-profit-margin model.
I hope it isn't the latter, but if a Touch update comes and goes without a camera, we will all know which it is.
I will never understand this line of thought.
Apple makes the products they do, with the features they have. They have their reasons. To the extent that those products and features conform to what their buyers want, they are successful in the marketplace and make Apple a lot of money. To the extent that they do not, they aren't and don't.
In the latter case, the onus is on Apple to correct their strategy as a matter of good business. Speculation regarding Apple's incompetence or greed doesn't really enter into it, as that misguidedly anthropomorphizes what is simply a business calculation-- just like every other manufacturer of goods that every was.
If enough buyers are sufficiently dismayed by the feature set of the iPod Touch so as to not buy it, then Apple will have a decision to make. Until then, railing against them for not making the device you want with the features you want, as if that were an ethical or moral failing, doesn't really make any sense.
The irony, of course, is that if the iPod Touch weren't extremely desirable, no one would care. They would just buy the other, more fully featured machine that met their needs. But instead the prevailing idea seems to be that Apple makes the device that everyone wants, so therefore it absolutely must have all
the features a given buyer wants, so as to be "perfect" for that buyer.
For instance, you could always get a Zune HD, but it doesn't have a camera and it doesn't work with Macs. But most folks seem to be impressed with what it can do, rather than what it can't. I haven't seen anyone berating MS for being evil or stupid or incompetent for not putting a camera on the Zune HD, have you? There's a reason for that disparity in perceptions-- the Zune is an "anything but Apple, take it or leave it" device, whereas the Touch is what most people actually want.
So it's hard to simultaneously argue that Apple is doing it wrong by making their devices so desirable as to be the obvious choice, but not quite good enough to be everything to everybody.