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New iPod Touch has 802.11n chip, space for nano-like video camera

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Sep 2009 22:41 User comments (1)

New iPod Touch has 802.11n chip, space for nano-like video camera It was something of a mystery as to why Apple's latest changes to the popular iPod Touch did not include a video camera as expected, while the iPod nano did. Rumors and a mounting pile of evidence before the September 9 "Rock and Roll" event pointed toward the camera being a certain upgrade, but when the unveiling happened, it turned out that not a whole lot seemed to have changed for the iPod Touch.
Explaining it to the New York Times, Apple CEO Steve Jobs commented that the reason for its exclusion was for marketing and cost reasons. Basically, Apple was now marketing the iPod Touch as a portable gaming device, and adding a camera would increase costs. The cheapest iPod Touch now costs $199 to buy.

However, inside the new iPod Touch, there is space that seems to have been deliberately left for a Nano-like camera that would have been positioned exactly where it was expected to be. A teardown by iFixit revealed the camera space. "It appears that Apple left in room for a camera in the top of the device," the solutions provider said. "There is a 6mm x 6mm x 3mm space between the Broadcom chip and the wireless antenna. There isn't enough depth for an iPhone-style autofocus still camera, but just enough room for the camera that Apple used in the 5th generation iPod nano."

The new finding adds more weight to the rumor that Apple had run into technical problems when trying to equip some of its iPods with a camera. iFixit also made another interesting discovery: the presence of a Broadcom BCM4329 wireless chip that supports 802.11n. The new iPod Touch won't have all the features of 802.11n in use initially however, but instead would require a software update, like the enabling of Bluetooth in the second generation iPod Touch nine months after it was released.

Additionally, the iPod Touch was also hiding away an FM receiver and transmitter, that "might" make it possible for users of the new device to tune in their iPod music with a car stereo if no other option is available to them.

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113.9.2009 21:05

Might these be Easter eggs for latter? I hope so. If so that doesn't bode well for the competition.

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