Last spring, photos surfaced that appeared to show an iPod nano with a similar case design to the current-generation nano, but with one major change- a hole in the backside for a camera lens. Soon thereafter a clipless design emerged with a claim that the device could sport a 1.3 megapixel camera.
Of course, the only changes the iPod nano saw this year were on the user interface side and pricing side of things. There were no hardware changes. Soon after these changes were made, a patent application surfaced showing Apple’s interest in incorporating speakers in the device’s design.
With all of that backstory out of the way, Apple.pro is reporting that a series of new photos have emerged showing a camera-equipped iPod nano. This design shows a housing that protrudes from the backside of the device which encases the camera and brings the lens flush with the device’s clip, which also has a hole for the lens.
The iPod line has clearly lost momentum since the introduction of the iPhone. Last October’s lukewarm refresh is proof of that. If I had to wager, Apple will slow the significant iPod refreshes to every other year, or refresh only when technology allows them to make a cost-effective advancement. I believe that is why the iPod touch did not receive an A5 processor this year. It simply costs too much for Apple to turn a nice profit on it.
Images courtesy of Apple.pro.