Apple blunders, no vibration on iPod touch

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
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.
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  • Reply 1 of 42
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    If you want it to vibrate, you should shake your iPod Touch yourself.
  • Reply 2 of 42
    Bummer. Oh well new "feature" next year.
  • Reply 3 of 42
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,524member
    Damn, I'm glad they got rid of Papermaster.
  • Reply 4 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by techapocalypse View Post


    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
  • Reply 5 of 42
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,524member
    No, no. You don't understand. The iPod does NOT have a vibrator.
  • Reply 6 of 42
    And cue the late night comedians in 3...2...1...
  • Reply 7 of 42
    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.
  • Reply 8 of 42
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,113member
    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
  • Reply 9 of 42
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    Originally Posted by quinney View Post


    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.
  • Reply 10 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 2 cents View Post


    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.
  • Reply 11 of 42
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    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.
  • Reply 12 of 42
    well.. looks like i have to get a dedicated vibrator then...
  • Reply 13 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 2 cents View Post


    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.

  • Reply 14 of 42
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    At least no one left the new iPod at the bar. Shows that the marketing team is not very well integrated with the engineers.
  • Reply 15 of 42
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post


    You know that Steve Jobs has previously said that the iPod touch was training wheels for the iPhone?



    And in the future, iPad.
  • Reply 16 of 42
    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.
  • Reply 17 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by quinney View Post


    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.
  • Reply 18 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by matrix07 View Post


    And in the future, iPad.



    Nope, the iPhone is training wheels for the iPad. You've got it backwards
  • Reply 19 of 42
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    Originally Posted by MenLoveToys View Post


    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.
  • Reply 20 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by columbus View Post


    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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