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Photo shows alleged 7th-gen multi-touch iPod nano with 1.3MP camera

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Yet another piece of evidence shows that the next iPod nano will retain its same small form factor and multi-touch screen, but add a camera to the rear side of the diminutive device and strangely ditch the built-in clip.

A picture claimed to show the alleged seventh-generation iPod nano appeared on Monday on the website tw.apple.pro (via Google Translate). The report claims that the camera is a low-resolution 1.3 megapixel lens.

Crediting a source named "Ray" from California, the site suggests that the next iPod nano will not include a clip as the current model does. Placing a clip on the back of the device would cover the camera lens on the supposed device.

Tuesday's picture is not the first report to suggest that Apple could add a camera to its multi-touch iPod nano. In early April, an unverified photo showed an alleged seventh-generation iPod nano frame with space in the back for a rear-facing camera.

The Taiwanese Apple blog has correctly leaked each of the previous six generations of the iPod nano. Last year, they leaked photos of a tiny touchscreen that went on to become the multi-touch display for the sixth-generation iPod nano, released in 2010.



The larger fifth-generation iPod nano, released in 2009, did have a camera, along with the classic-style iPod click wheel. But the camera was ditched in the 2010 model, allowing Apple to create an even smaller device driven by a multi-touch display.

Adding a camera to the iPod nano once again could appease some critics who were disappointed that the feature was removed last year. But removing a clip from the rear of the device would also be a detriment, as the small size and inclusion of an integrated Nike+ pedometer has made the sixth-generation iPod nano a strong choice for use at the gym.
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This makes no sense to me. I just don't believe it to be accurate.

Adding a camera wouldn't drive me wild, but some would love it. That's not the problem though; there's just no way they'd do away with the clip. It wouldn't have to cover the lens at all if they just made the clip only 3/4 of the height of the device. Also, the finish on the camera mount just doesn't look Apple standard to me.
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But removing a clip from the rear of the device would also be a detriment, as the small size and inclusion of an integrated Nike+ pedometer has made the sixth-generation iPod nano a strong choice for use at the gym.

You are not supposed to bring cameras into the gym.

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I'm bummed the camera is on the reverse side - this obviates the ability to use this as a wristwatch video chat device, a-la Dick Tracy.

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post #5 of 53
The camera should be on the front side for Facetime, stupid.
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You could always use an iPod Shuffle with clip in the gym.

iPod Nano Watch with front facing camera for facetime calls, wireless headphones, link to your iPhone for onscreen RSS news feeds, tweets, etc. Opens a whole new world.
post #7 of 53
This whole concept is beyond stupid. Having a "camera" that small just doest seem practical. Not unless you're a super spy
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I'm just glad I bought a discontinued 2009 model when the current, crippled model was released. It may well be the last regular iPod I ever buy if the current trend continues.

I would love to see nano sales numbers for the last several years on a graph to see if there was a big drop off with the current design. It's been 9 months now and I have yet to see a single instance of the new nano "in the wild", so to speak. And I don't think it was lack of a camera alone that would cause sales to drop.
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This whole concept is beyond stupid. Having a "camera" that small just doest seem practical. Not unless you're a super spy

Well, since Apple lost a contract to Google for the Army, maybe they are trying to go after the CIA and NSA!
post #10 of 53
My unqualified guess is that they will be using magnetism to hold the iPod instead of a clip.

The iPod itself will be magnetic and we place a small magnet on the other side of the fabric.
We will loose this small magnet all the time and it will drive us crazy.
post #11 of 53
If you think about this, it would be pointless. Almost everyone has a cellphone and almost everyone has a camera on that. Music players don't need these features, especially if they are inferior quality.

That being said, this doesn't look like a camera. It shaped very oddly. It could just be a mount point for a new clip design.
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I'm just glad I bought a discontinued 2009 model when the current, crippled model was released. It may well be the last regular iPod I ever buy if the current trend continues.

Ditto. Me too. Got a refurb. Love it.
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There is no clip because the device will be worn directly in the eye, monacle-style. It will be released in conjunction with the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie and will be known as the iPatch.
post #14 of 53
Aha. Remove the camera and several other features, make it smaller and call it a new generation. Then add the camera back in, and tout how new and amazing it is. Oh, and remove the clip that was the whole damn point of the smaller Nano! Brilliant!


But seriously, if they have extra space in there it should go to more battery, and its well past time for another capacity doubling to 16/32GB. And removing the clip in a device that small is moronic.

That camera does look fishy though. I'm hoping this is fake.
post #15 of 53
Fake. Besides, that looks like a hex bolt, not a camera.

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There is no clip because the device will be worn directly in the eye, monacle-style. It will be released in conjunction with the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie and will be known as the iPatch.

Do you have evidence of this?
post #17 of 53
I bought one of these LunaTiks for my Nano and I LOVE it:
http://lunatik.com/

What I really wish Apple would do, though, is add Bluetooth to the Nano. That way I can see on my watch (Nano) who is calling, get Facebook/Twitter updates from my phone without having to take my phone out of my pocket.
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Ditto. Me too. Got a refurb. Love it.

I thought I was the only person on the planet that thought the last iPod Nano was a mistake. I like the idea of smaller, but at some point it becomes unusable, and the current iPod Nano is unusable in my book.
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I thought I was the only person on the planet that thought the last iPod Nano was a mistake. I like the idea of smaller, but at some point it becomes unusable, and the current iPod Nano is unusable in my book.

Ditto
post #20 of 53
It doesn't need a clip because the user is supposed to swallow it. All one then has to do is think of a song and you'll hear it. North Carolina makes all this possible.

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I thought I was the only person on the planet that thought the last iPod Nano was a mistake. I like the idea of smaller, but at some point it becomes unusable, and the current iPod Nano is unusable in my book.

I laughed and walked away when I briefly tried the teeny weeny 6G at the Apple store. \
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It doesn't need a clip because the user is supposed to swallow it. All one then has to do is think of a song and you'll hear it.

I see, then you jump up and down to shuffle songs.
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There is no clip because the device will be worn directly in the eye, monacle-style. It will be released in conjunction with the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie and will be known as the iPatch.

LOL, good one.

Others have commented that the nano is redundant, but I tend to lean towards having a separate device for the gym or doing exercise. I have a first gen shuffle that I still use when I go to the gym, it's so light and sturdy (relatively speacking) that you don't have to worry if it accidentally hit the ground. Yes, all the phones can play music these days, but I don't think you can solely focus on your cardio training if you have to worry about scratching or breaking the phone.
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My unqualified guess is that they will be using magnetism to hold the iPod instead of a clip.

The iPod itself will be magnetic and we place a small magnet on the other side of the fabric.
We will loose this small magnet all the time and it will drive us crazy.

$29 iPod 'magnet' - normal magnetism won't work because this one uses a custom Reality Distortion Field. Wait until you hear Jony talk about it.
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LOL, good one.
but I tend to lean towards having a separate device for the gym or doing exercise. I have a first gen shuffle that I still use when I go to the gym, it's so light and sturdy (relatively speacking) that you don't have to worry if it accidentally hit the ground. Yes, all the phones can play music these days, but I don't think you can solely focus on your cardio training if you have to worry about scratching or breaking the phone.

I brought a device with a screen and fm radio for the gym. Mildly bigger than an ipod shuffle, but nice and simple for the gym.

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If you think about this, it would be pointless. Almost everyone has a cellphone and almost everyone has a camera on that. Music players don't need these features, especially if they are inferior quality.

That being said, this doesn't look like a camera. It shaped very oddly. It could just be a mount point for a new clip design.



I agree with you about it not looking like a camera. I'm actually a bit surprised by Apple Insider for suggesting that it is one. I have never seen a camera hole that is not circular...this thing looks like it's meant for an Allen Wrench (Hex Key...as someone before me already observed as well). I'm of a mind that whomever first suggested it is a camera was simply having a joke. As someone else noted, we've all got cameras on our phones.
post #27 of 53
Finally, I can do my own endoscopy at home! Set it to record, eat it, sync with my big-screen iMac 6 hours later, and enjoy the wild ride!

(Removing the clip would be silly, but making it optional/removable wouldn’t be. Still, I smell a knock-off.)
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LOL, good one.

Others have commented that the nano is redundant, but I tend to lean towards having a separate device for the gym or doing exercise. I have a first gen shuffle that I still use when I go to the gym, it's so light and sturdy (relatively speacking) that you don't have to worry if it accidentally hit the ground. Yes, all the phones can play music these days, but I don't think you can solely focus on your cardio training if you have to worry about scratching or breaking the phone.


I agree with you, though I can't stop using my phone as an ipod at the gym. It's mostly because I constantly switch tracks and never stick to a playlist, so it's easier to operate on a larger screen while I'm jogging. The weight doesn't bother me, and changing tracks is easiest that way. Given how much most people drop their phones, however, it probably isn't advisable. I'll keep doing it until I break it, I suppose.
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I would love to see nano sales numbers for the last several years on a graph to see if there was a big drop off with the current design. It's been 9 months now and I have yet to see a single instance of the new nano "in the wild", so to speak.

I'm curious too. I teach middle school (11-15) and the kids love them. They are not as popular as the iPod Touch, but those that have them seem happy. Several wear them as watches...
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My unqualified guess is that they will be using magnetism to hold the iPod instead of a clip.

The iPod itself will be magnetic and we place a small magnet on the other side of the fabric.
We will loose this small magnet all the time and it will drive us crazy.


You don't have to worry about losing the magnet. They are going to sell special shirts with the magnet built in.
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If you think about this, it would be pointless. Almost everyone has a cellphone and almost everyone has a camera on that. Music players don't need these features, especially if they are inferior quality.

That being said, this doesn't look like a camera. It shaped very oddly. It could just be a mount point for a new clip design.

I agree. Seems to me Apple with the last set of updates made a clear differentiation between iPods with just music, ie., Shuffle and Nano and iPods that play music, take photos and video, ie., iPod Touch, iP4.

Oh well, I use my iP4 as my iPod now. Although, I am getting a little tired of running with it and the head phones. Although NikeGPS is a fantastic App. to track my runs.

I like to just get up and go for a run now with shoes, shorts and sunglasses on. I can leave my iP4 at home for an hour so as not to get interrupted by phone calls!

And it's sort of a hassle at the gym, too. I'm more inclined to just go in get the workout out of the way and not fiddle with music, iPods, iPhones and headphones. Too much crap and clutter.

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Fake. Besides, that looks like a hex bolt, not a camera.

That's what I thought too. This is too unfinished looking and is a prototype at best. It may be something that never sees the light of day.

I'm a bit disturbed over how negative everyone is being though. The iPod is an old product line that's fading fast. This is the very point in it's life cycle when we should expect them to put all kinds of gee-gaws and fiddly bits on them. It's also the time when the form is likely to change radically from model to model to keep up interest.

Think sneakers. They've been basically the same since the early 80's but every year they have to put some ridiculous junk on them to make them seem worth the exorbitant price and to differentiate them from all the others that are essentially the same.
post #33 of 53
Apple really seem to have completely lost the plot with respect to Nano and Shuffle design in the last couple of years.

I recently picked up a current (4th) gen. Shuffle to replace my brilliant 2nd gen Shuffle because it has the ability to sync podcasts (something the 2nd gen lacked).

Sadly this new one is also a step backwards in industrial design from the 2nd gen!! The reduced size of the device means that it is close to impossible to open the clip without pushing the click wheel... extremely annoying. And the dock that came with the 2nd gen has been replaced by an absurd little USB cable that is so short that it gets cluttered amongst the other mess of cables coming out of the side of my Macbook. Really disappointing.

The least they could have done is designed it so that it at least continued to fit into the gen 2 dock. Mostly though i would just prefer a software update for the gen 2 to include the ability to sync playlists/podcasts etc.

Meanwhile the less said about the Nano the better. I too picked up a 5th gen when the absurd 6th gen came out. My gf loves it! :-)
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post #34 of 53
isn't this the same case that popped up a month ago? and the same background too, why would they wait more than a month to show us the back of the case?

my guess is it's a fake, the camera hole is too big
post #35 of 53
This looks fake.

It looks like something about the same size as the nano, and then they took the Apple logo plastic wrap and placed it on it.

Notice that there are no buttons on top like the other.

As far as the clip. This doesn't make sense at all. Why not reduce the size of the clip by 75% and place it so it doesn't cover the would-be camera?
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My unqualified guess is that they will be using magnetism to hold the iPod instead of a clip.

The iPod itself will be magnetic and we place a small magnet on the other side of the fabric.
We will loose this small magnet all the time and it will drive us crazy.


The magnets will be Apple shaped and painted white and be for sale at the Apple store for $9.99 each.
post #37 of 53
It doesn't look like a camera hole to me. It is hexagonal. It looks like it will take a 10mm allen wrench. It is a new way to attach a wide variety of clips to the next nano. Kids will be hanging them from their ear lobs and lips.

If someone would come out with a set of headphones that carried the Nano attached to them requiring no wires to tangle or get in your way, I might considering using one in the gym. I could care less about the Nike crap.
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You are not supposed to bring cameras into the gym.

LOL. I would guess that at least 90% of the people in my gym have their iPhones, iPod Touches or other smart phones on them, which means 90% are carrying a camera.
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Originally Posted by Wiggin View Post

I'm just glad I bought a discontinued 2009 model when the current, crippled model was released. It may well be the last regular iPod I ever buy if the current trend continues.

I would love to see nano sales numbers for the last several years on a graph to see if there was a big drop off with the current design. It's been 9 months now and I have yet to see a single instance of the new nano "in the wild", so to speak. And I don't think it was lack of a camera alone that would cause sales to drop.

I have to agree, I find it to small. I have only ever seen one in the wild.
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