iPod touch with two cameras, Retina Display said to arrive soon

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A new rumor claims that Apple plans to release a new iPod touch with a high-resolution Retina Display and two cameras -- much like the iPhone 4 -- in "a few weeks."



The well-sourced John Gruber of Daring Fireball noted Tuesday that the forthcoming Dell Streak would cost $300 with a two-year contract from AT&T, and $550 without a contract. He then said that Apple's anticipated iPod touch refresh will add features that the Streak does not have.



"That's almost twice as much as a good iPod touch, and if you wait a few weeks to buy the Touch, you'll get one with a Retina Display and dual cameras," Gruber wrote. "If Dell can't make an iPod touch competitor, who can?"



He declined to elaborate whether the statement about a new iPod touch was a result of inside information, or just reiteration of recent rumors and speculation regarding Apple's anticipated update.



Recently there has been a great deal of evidence to suggest that the new iPod touch will feature a forward facing camera for FaceTime video chat. The latest beta of iOS 4.1 supports Apple's open standard video chat format by inputting a user's e-mail address, a method that would work for a device like the iPod touch that does not have a phone number. And recent purported parts from overseas suppliers showed a space for a forward facing camera.



In addition, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said earlier this summer that his company will ship millions of devices compatible with FaceTime this year alone. Currently, only the iPhone 4 is capable of making FaceTime video chat calls over Wi-Fi.



While Apple is expected to hold an event in September to introduce its new iPod lineup, as it has done for the past few years, one recent rumor suggested that Apple could hold an event in August instead. If Gruber's comment of a new iPod touch arriving in "a few weeks" were taken literally, it could lend support to that rumor.
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  • Reply 1 of 57
    Sounds good. So when do we see it?
  • Reply 2 of 57
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    I'll believe it when I see it. I think he was just reiterating the rumors cause there is no way in hell they can keep the price at $199 and give you dual cam and Retina Display (Which is more expensive then current displays by a good margin I would guess).



    All I see is maybe a regular camera in the back, more ram and removal of under clocking on the CPU which is around 800 Mhz but under clocked to around 600. With 800mhz and 512 RAM (256 currently) and a back cam it would still be an awesome device and you can have a voice only FaceTime (which would suck but you can just flip the touch over to show yourself and flip it back to see what others are showing you).
  • Reply 3 of 57
    esummersesummers Posts: 910member
    Now I'm hoping for an iOS 4 upgrade for the iPad in August.



    Maybe $199 for the old model... sounds a little inexpensive for one with upgraded specs.
  • Reply 4 of 57
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    A new rumor claims that Apple plans to release a new iPod touch with a high-resolution Retina Display and two cameras -- much like the iPhone 4 -- in "a few weeks."



    The well-sourced John Gruber of Daring Fireball noted Tuesday that the forthcoming Dell Streak would cost $300 with a two-year contract from AT&T, and $550 without a contract. He then said that Apple's anticipated iPod touch refresh will add features that the Streak does not have.



    "That's almost twice as much as a good iPod touch, and if you wait a few weeks to buy the Touch, you'll get one with a Retina Display and dual cameras," Gruber wrote. "If Dell can't make an iPod touch competitor, who can?"



    He declined to elaborate whether the statement about a new iPod touch was a result of inside information, or just reiteration of recent rumors and speculation regarding Apple's anticipated update.



    Recently there has been a great deal of evidence to suggest that the new iPod touch will feature a forward facing camera for FaceTime video chat. The latest beta of iOS 4.1 supports Apple's open standard video chat format by inputting a user's e-mail address, a method that would work for a device like the iPod touch that does not have a phone number. And recent purported parts from overseas suppliers showed a space for a forward facing camera.



    In addition, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said earlier this summer that his company will ship millions of devices compatible with FaceTime this year alone. Currently, only the iPhone 4 is capable of making FaceTime video chat calls over Wi-Fi.



    While Apple is expected to hold an event in September to introduce its new iPod lineup, as it has done for the past few years, one recent rumor suggested that Apple could hold an event in August instead. If Gruber's comment of a new iPod touch arriving in "a few weeks" were taken literally, it could lend support to that rumor.



    Ya but the Streak has something the current Touch does not, namely a 5" screen. Imagine a 5" Touch with a 960X640 5" Display vs. the Streak's 800X480 display. Full compatibility with the iPhone which has a 960X640 display and a better resolution than the Streak which costs more than the Touch would.
  • Reply 5 of 57
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Dell had me at Android version 1.6¡
  • Reply 6 of 57
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    How Shocking...



    The new iPod Touch is going to be... wait for it... an iPhone sans the 'phone part', with a slightly different backplate.



    Let's hope that Apple's love affair with completely impractical polished-metal case backings are finally over.



    We'll Know For Sure Around 08 Sep 2010...
  • Reply 7 of 57
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ghostface147 View Post


    Sounds good. So when do we see it?



    Take a good long look at the iPhone 4, and you're almost there
  • Reply 8 of 57
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    With FaceTime on a sub $500 iPod that comes without subscriptions, we'll be witnessing a revolution in communications.
  • Reply 9 of 57
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Carmissimo View Post


    Ya but the Streak has something the current Touch does not, namely a 5" screen. Imagine a 5" Touch with a 960X640 5" Display vs. the Streak's 800X480 display. Full compatibility with the iPhone which has a 960X640 display and a better resolution than the Streak which costs more than the Touch would.



    Realize that The Dell Streak has a 3g radio and can actually make phone class... in other words, it's a cellular phone, not just a media player/consumption device.
  • Reply 10 of 57
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post


    With FaceTime on a sub $500 iPod that comes without subscriptions, we'll be witnessing a revolution in communications.



    ... as long as there's a good WiFi signal available.
  • Reply 11 of 57
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    ... as long as there's a good WiFi signal available.



    Sure, only note that currently, a good WiFi signal alone will not give you the same communication options.
  • Reply 12 of 57
    dcj001dcj001 Posts: 301member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post


    Sure, only note that currently, a good WiFi signal alone will not give you the same communication options.



    Sure it will - Skype/Google Voice-Gizmo5.
  • Reply 13 of 57
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Realize that The Dell Streak has a 3g radio and can actually make phone class... in other words, it's a cellular phone, not just a media player/consumption device.



    Awesome¡ The good news is the Nokia N-Gage will no longer the most ridiculous looking phone people have held to their ear.
  • Reply 14 of 57
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DCJ001 View Post


    Sure it will - Skype/Google Voice-Gizmo5.



    On Nokia N900, sure; I am not aware of another mobile device that does video Skype though. Is there one? Plus, there has to be a way to reach all iPhone 4 owners too, to have more comparable options...
  • Reply 15 of 57
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Apple really should have come up with a more accurate name than 'retina display' given that:



    "Apple's claims behind the iPhone 4's Retina Display aren't completely true, display research veteran Raymond Soneira claimed today. While Apple claims that 300 pixels per inch (PPI) is the limit of the human retina and that the iPhone 4's 326PPI easily exceeds it, the DisplayMate president notes that the resolution would need to reach 477PPI for the pixels to truly be 'invisible' to a healthy human eye. Apple's claims don't become completely true until about 1.5 feet from the LCD.



    Soneira noted that Apple would likely need to go above the retina's actual resolution to have a visually "perfect" display. Apple's Retina Display claims are thus another example of "spec exaggeration
    , he said.
  • Reply 16 of 57
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,157member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Awesome¡ The good news is the Nokia N-Gage will no longer the most ridiculous looking phone people have held to their ear.



  • Reply 17 of 57
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Take a good long look at the iPhone 4, and you're almost there



    no, it will look more like a small iPad with two cameras.
  • Reply 18 of 57
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    How Shocking...



    The new iPod Touch is going to be... wait for it... an iPhone sans the 'phone part', with a slightly different backplate.



    Let's hope that Apple's love affair with completely impractical polished-metal case backings are finally over.



    We'll Know For Sure Around 08 Sep 2010...



    i have a feeling they will go with aluminum this time. macbook pro style.
  • Reply 19 of 57
    dcj001dcj001 Posts: 301member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post


    On Nokia N900, sure; I am not aware of another mobile device that does video Skype though. Is there one? Plus, there has to be a way to reach all iPhone 4 owners too, to have more comparable options...



    If the next iPod Touch is going to have FaceTime, as I believe that it will, video Skype calls won't be far behind.
  • Reply 20 of 57
    sennensennen Posts: 1,466member
    lol, DaHarder has got no more material to work with, hence dredging up old fud.
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