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Rumor: Cameras and Microphones Coming to iPod Touch

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"artist's" rendition of iPod touch with video recording

"artist's" rendition of iPod touch with video recording

If you’re planning on getting an iPod touch, wait a few months. That’s the advice I’ve been giving everyone (with limited success – nothing could keep my mother-in-law from the Andre Rieu app), and thanks to a new report from Wired, I have more reason to stick to it. According to their “well-connected” source, cameras and microphones, like those in iPhones, are coming to the next generation iPod touch.

Not a big surprise (I’ve been expecting this since WWDC ’09), but it is important to note that these additions would make the iPod touch almost identical to the iPhone, except for WWAN and true phone capabilities. This means Skype without an external mic, photo and video recording, voice memos, VoiceOver accessibility, etc. It also lifts a major barrier to app developers who have had to figure out how to deal with the limitations of the iPod touch and whether to bother. GPS would be the icing on the cake, but I’ve heard wifi triangulation is pretty effective in urban settings.

Timetable is set at two to three months, roundabout when new iPods are typically announced. Seems to be some excitement over using 3G routers, like the Mifi, to turn this new iPod touch into an iPhone substitute. Sounds like a fine idea to me.

Via Gizmodo

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

3 Comments

  1. Pauln95

    07/21/2009 at 11:49 am

    I was one who was eagerly awaiting the 3rd gen Itouch until I dropped my 1st gen. Having done so, I replaced it with a 2nd generation and since I already had a Verizon MiFi I added Skype to the mix. I works quite well, but I look forward to not having to hassle with an external mic. I would like to see GPS added as I both live & travel in rural areas. However, I agree that WiFi triangulation does work reasonably well in any urban area I have travelled. The addition of a camera will also be great. If only we could receive audio notifications from Skype without being in the application; then I could replace my cell phone altogether. By the way, I seriously consider getting an Iphone rather than the 2nd gen Itouch, but ruled it out do to all the stories about poor AT&T signal consistency.

  2. Dennise

    07/21/2009 at 6:03 pm

    What Andre Rieu app? That’s a selling point for many.

  3. Sumocat

    07/21/2009 at 8:17 pm

    Here’s the link to his app website.
    http://www.apptism.com/apps/andre-rieu-official-app
    Apple needs to pay that guy a commission.

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