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Apple blunders, no vibration on iPod touch

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Despite earlier references on the Apple website to a "vibrating alert" for the fourth-generation iPod touch, the new device lacks a vibration motor.

Apple originally promoted the vibrator feature on the accessibility page for the iPod touch, but has since removed the reference.

"If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you'll receive an invitation -- along with a vibrating alert -- on your iPod touch asking you to join," the page used to read.

Teardown specialists at iFixit confirmed the lack of a vibration motor when they took apart the new iPod touch.

"Contrary to Apple's initial claims on their FaceTime marketing page, the iPod Touch does not have a vibrator," reported the site.

The part from the FCC teardown originally believed to be a vibration motor was discovered by iFixit to be a microphone.

This isn't the first time Apple has incorrectly advertised the fourth-generation iPod touch. Several early screenshots of the iPod touch on the Apple website depicted the Phone and Message applications, which are only available on the iPhone. The photos were quickly taken down.
post #2 of 43
If you want it to vibrate, you should shake your iPod Touch yourself.
post #3 of 43
Bummer. Oh well new "feature" next year.
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post #4 of 43
Damn, I'm glad they got rid of Papermaster.
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Bummer. Oh well new "feature" next year.

Yes this is true, along with possible gps, higher mp camera and other stuff that will be in iOS 5.1
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post #6 of 43
No, no. You don't understand. The iPod does NOT have a vibrator.
post #7 of 43
And cue the late night comedians in 3...2...1...

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post #8 of 43
I so wanted the iPod touch to be a contract-free phone over the years. It almost was, but never quite in the seamless way I needed it to be. So I finally broke down a month ago, sold my touch, and got an iPhone 4. I am now wedded to AT&T for 2 years. My only regret is not doing it earlier.

Conclusion: The touch is a gateway drug to the iPhone.
post #9 of 43
I used my old iPhone 3GS for a few and I cannot stand the screen!!

iPhone 4 screen is awesome.

As for the touch not having a vibrator... C'mon. C'mon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDhThhrd_UY
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Damn, I'm glad they got rid of Papermaster.

I agree. The guy looks to have been an unmitigated disaster for Apple.

Wasn't he Tim Cook's hire? If yes, that does not inspire a whole lot of confidence either.
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I so wanted the iPod touch to be a contract-free phone over the years. It almost was, but never quite in the seamless way I needed it to be. So I finally broke down a month ago, sold my touch, and got an iPhone 4. I am now wedded to AT&T for 2 years. My only regret is not doing it earlier.

Conclusion: The touch is a gateway drug to the iPhone.

You know that Steve Jobs has previously said that the iPod touch was training wheels for the iPhone? Do you also know that the iPod touch demographics are considerably younger (13-24) than that of the iPhone (25-49)?

You fit the mold.
post #12 of 43
Well... If 'haptic feedback' is that important in a media player to someone, they can always buy Samsung since they've had it for about 4 years now.
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post #13 of 43
well.. looks like i have to get a dedicated vibrator then...
post #14 of 43
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I so wanted the iPod touch to be a contract-free phone over the years. It almost was, but never quite in the seamless way I needed it to be. So I finally broke down a month ago, sold my touch, and got an iPhone 4. I am now wedded to AT&T for 2 years. My only regret is not doing it earlier.

Conclusion: The touch is a gateway drug to the iPhone.

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Haven't regretted it once.
post #15 of 43
At least no one left the new iPod at the bar. Shows that the marketing team is not very well integrated with the engineers.
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You know that Steve Jobs has previously said that the iPod touch was training wheels for the iPhone?

And in the future, iPad.
post #17 of 43
This is yet another example of the old scam. Most end users are ignorant and won't complain if the feature isn't included once purchased.

This is very similar and equally sleazy as the bait and switch they did with the iPad 3G owners.

This will catch up with Apple.

I would think that Jobs is milking the iProduct to the max until the next best thing comes along.

This is after all his plan with the Mac as stated years ago. I do believe that Steve Jobs understands that his plan is following the Mac software of years past and he's milking what he can get until retirement.
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Damn, I'm glad they got rid of Papermaster.

It does make you wonder. I mean this could be the outcome of his "work" we are seeing now.
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And in the future, iPad.

Nope, the iPhone is training wheels for the iPad. You've got it backwards
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This is very similar and equally sleazy as the bait and switch they did with the iPad 3G owners.

Actually that was AT&T who changed the terms and conditions. And unfortunately, they have law on their side, b/c it's true once you stop your subscription, you no longer have a contract and they can force you into a new one if you want to subscribe again.
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It does make you wonder. I mean this could be the outcome of his "work" we are seeing now.

If that were the case would Apple put these products before consumers knowing they were flawed or advertised with missing features?

If this is the case, then Apple has some serious explaining to do.

I would believe this example is yet another reason why they are under investigation for many business practices that are not in the best interest of the end user. I believe the room is trying to use Papermaster as a scapegoat. Current releases can't be held to anyone but the current staff at Apple.
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Actually that was AT&T who changed the terms and conditions. And unfortunately, they have law on their side, b/c it's true once you stop your subscription, you no longer have a contract and they can force you into a new one if you want to subscribe again.

Verizon hasn't followed and Apple had a new product that could not have been included under the contract originally signed. Verizon still has unlimited access for data.

Apple chose to let AT&T change the terms.
post #23 of 43
Great. Thanks for instigating another million dollars going to a class action lawyer for getting Apple to agree to give a $10 iTune Gift Certificate to every disgruntled iPod Tough 4th Gen buyer who bothers to send in their post card.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

I agree. The guy looks to have been an unmitigated disaster for Apple.

Wasn't he Tim Cook's hire? If yes, that does not inspire a whole lot of confidence either.

Really? Over the past ten years Tim Cook has proven he's one of the best operations guys this planet has ever seen.

You still really need him to "inspire [sic] confidence?"

Sheesh...
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At least no one left the new iPod at the bar. Shows that the marketing team is not very well integrated with the engineers.

You got it. Probably this feature was dropped somewhere in design or production but nobody told marketing, either because they forgot, weren't allowed to, or could not get it through the paper maze in time for the product rollout. This is the price of Apple's (1) a mania for secrecy and (2) success. If you like looking for signs that maybe Apple is growing too quickly for its own good, this kind of screwup is one of them.
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post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post

You know that Steve Jobs has previously said that the iPod touch was training wheels for the iPhone? Do you also know that the iPod touch demographics are considerably younger (13-24) than that of the iPhone (25-49)?

You fit the mold.

Except that I'm 52. But I've been told I have the maturity level of a 13 year-old.
post #27 of 43
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No, no. You don't understand. The iPod does NOT have a vibrator.

So placing a spam message between quotes fools the spam filter?
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post #28 of 43
... vibratorgate!

The way the media grills Apple over anything and everything, I would not be surprised if this became a major talking point.

Seriously, Apple looks like it needs to get a few more people in place - their innovation pace is so high, it must be pretty strenuous for every team member. Their progress on Mac OS X 7 is slow - in fact absolutely no noises about what comes after Snow Leopard.

I like the pace Apple is setting, but they need to beef up things wherever required.
post #29 of 43
I'm very angry about this. Apple have promoted FaceTime as a means of communication for deaf people using sign language. Without vibrate alert how are deaf users supposed to know they are receiving a FaceTime call request? Not all deaf people can afford an iPhone, espcially children. Get your f****** act together Apple!
post #30 of 43
Who cares.
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I'm very angry about this. Apple have promoted FaceTime as a means of communication for deaf people using sign language. Without vibrate alert how are deaf users supposed to know they are receiving a FaceTime call request? Not all deaf people can afford an iPhone, espcially children. Get your f****** act together Apple!

Drama queens and trolls. AppleInsider really sucks these days.
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I agree. The guy looks to have been an unmitigated disaster for Apple.

Wasn't he Tim Cook's hire? If yes, that does not inspire a whole lot of confidence either.

He was Tim Cooks hire, but he was suggested by the chief engineer (amongst other people), the guy we see on ads, sorry I cant recall his name.
post #33 of 43
The girls are going to be very disappointed. And all those apps that allow you to place fake calls to yourself are going to lose a lot of sales.
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Drama queens and trolls. AppleInsider really sucks these days.

And watch now how many iPhones apple will be giving to deaf children for the price of an iPod.
post #35 of 43
a lot of girls are dissapointed already as witnessed by their frantic posting at AI.
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Really? Over the past ten years Tim Cook has proven he's one of the best operations guys this planet has ever seen.

You still really need him to "inspire [sic] confidence?"

Sheesh...

I was talking about his role as CEO (in Jobs's absence), not COO.

Sheesh.
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It's called FREE SPEACH you asshole! If you don't like it f*** off elsewhere with your stupid comments.

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post #39 of 43
official 720p video resolution is higher than the official still camera images the ipod touch takes. what the hell, apple? really, what the hell.
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post #40 of 43
Not until they put in the vibration feature.

It would be a great way to know if you girl friend, date, wife was getting a call, but not answering it

Scene opens with a view of a local hot spot (and no I'm not talking about the one in her pants), and several women look very happy and a bit in space. Then they all reach in, and pull out their iPod Touch's and look around the room, at all of the others smiling

Another scene might be:

"When you are away for a long time, let her know you care, call her on her iPod Touch. She might not answer right away, but she'll be glad you called.

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