iPod touch with 2MP camera spotted in yet another Vietnam leak

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
Pictures of a new iPod touch sporting a new 2 megapixel camera have surfaced in Vietnam, though it's unknown whether the device was a scrapped 2009 prototype or a forthcoming product release.



Vietnamese site Tinhte once again has the scoop, with photos and video of the hardware running software diagnostics rather than the iPhone OS. The hardware has a camera centered on its back, much like the iPod touch model Apple was expected to announce last September, until the camera addition was quietly scrapped.



A sticker on the back of the device reveals the camera, part OV2665-6s, manufactured by Omnivision. That's the same company that provides the 3.2 megapixel camera for Apple's iPhone 3GS.



The device also sports 64GB of capacity (it reads '64G' and the iPod touch relies on a pair of 32GB Samsung NAND flash modules), and has a serial number identical to the September 2009 model, making it unclear whether the device is a 2009 prototype (some of which previously leaked into the wild), or a new, upcoming product from Apple.



Last year, AppleInsider first reported that technical issues caused Apple to remove the camera from the latest iPod touch revision, even though numerous third-party cases made it clear the product was in Apple's pipeline. A teardown of the third-generation iPod touch post-release revealed that the device contains space for a camera inside its hardware. People familiar with the matter have maintained that a camera-equipped iPod touch remained in Apple's pipeline.



Tinhte has been the source of a number of major Apple-related leaks in recent weeks. A week ago, the website obtained a fourth-generation iPhone prototype, and tore down the hardware to reveal an Apple A4 processor inside. Then, over the weekend, they showed off a refresh of Apple's 13-inch MacBook, complete with retail packaging. That product was formally released on Tuesday.



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  • Reply 1 of 62
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 18,953member
    Time for AI to set up a branch in Vietnam.
  • Reply 2 of 62
    neilmneilm Posts: 572member
    Love the Cheerios icon for the serial number.
  • Reply 3 of 62
    cgc0202cgc0202 Posts: 624member
    If this turns out to be true, why would Apple use an antiquated 2MP camera?



    Technology aside, Apple should put more pressure on their suppliers to avoid these leaks. If I were Apple, I would also take more direct legal action against the culprits, or even lodge a formal complaint to the Vietnamese government.



    CGC
  • Reply 4 of 62
    pmdbmqpmdbmq Posts: 1member
    The 2nd ipod touch (on the right) runs OS4 (see the calculator icon, the folder icon, and the game center icon on the 2nd home page)
  • Reply 5 of 62
    simply258simply258 Posts: 99member
    what's the small hole next to the camera ?
  • Reply 6 of 62
    What is up with all the leaks lately? If I was apple, I'd be pretty pissed by now. But I'm not apple...I'm just a person...so I'm not that pissed.
  • Reply 7 of 62
    Just pictures?



    It'd be nice to know if the GSM support is the same old frequencies or additional ones. i.e. T-Mobile USA's 3G frequency.
  • Reply 8 of 62
    kiweekiwee Posts: 102member
    Quote:

    simply258 \t what's the small hole next to the camera ?



    Probably a mic.
  • Reply 9 of 62
    Doesn't this guy know about Apple Ninjas? He keeps showing his face off like he doesn't think anything will ever happen to him. If he dies of mysterious disease in a few weeks, he was asking for it.
  • Reply 10 of 62
    tontontonton Posts: 14,067
    While it might be nice for apps, a camera in the Touch no longer interests me, now that I've got my nice new phone.
  • Reply 11 of 62
    wigginwiggin Posts: 2,265member
    Since the new iPhone appears to have a more boxy design and these photos show the old curved back design, I'd guess this is the model that wasn't released last year. I doubt Apple would maintain the old design for the touch after updating the iPhone design. Besides, it's pretty much a certainty that the reason for scrapping the camera was that the old design wasn't thick enough to accommodate a high enough quality camera module.
  • Reply 12 of 62
    scaniescanie Posts: 13member
    Serial number and what could be (or not...) owner's name appears on iTunes screen...
  • Reply 13 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,984member
    The UI graphics look so un-Apple like to me although I guess they could be ultra beta style.
  • Reply 14 of 62
    squeaksqueak Posts: 26member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The device also sports 64GB of capacity,



    No it doesn't. Look at the sticker again....32GB.



  • Reply 15 of 62
    kfury77kfury77 Posts: 44member
    *GPS

    *Digital compass

    *Digital camera
  • Reply 16 of 62
    joe hsjoe hs Posts: 488member
    what was that MMI UI? i've never seen it before.
  • Reply 17 of 62
    joe hsjoe hs Posts: 488member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    The UI graphics look so un-Apple like to me although I guess they could be ultra beta style.



    un-apple like is an understatement.
  • Reply 18 of 62
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    I think this is the last year's prototype. No design change on this thing (I'm not sure but I think even the resolution is the same though it might be because of the test software running). New touch should be at least a little bit different, otherwise it is getting pretty hard to tell one generation from another visually. And since they are rolling out a new OS, I would opt for a new design to make it instantly recognizable as something that will for sure support OS4.



    PS. Of course having a camera could pass as a design difference. I am not sure what to think anymore.
  • Reply 19 of 62
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by OriginalMacRat View Post


    Just pictures?



    It'd be nice to know if the GSM support is the same old frequencies or additional ones. i.e. T-Mobile USA's 3G frequency.



    The current iPod touch doesn't hold any GSM support, and I would assume Apple doesn't plan to implicate such a thing due to their other product the iPhone.





    PS: Comments fail when you scim read!
  • Reply 20 of 62
    palegolaspalegolas Posts: 1,273member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    The UI graphics look so un-Apple like to me although I guess they could be ultra beta style.



    It's probably just the software for the factory personel that tests the hardware, before the iPhone OS, region lock and other specifics are loaded onto the phone.
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