After Prototype Leaked, That Camera Equipped iPod Nano Will Launch In The Next Three Months [Rumor]

After Prototype Leaked, That Camera Equipped iPod Nano Will Launch In The Next Three Months [Rumor]

Remember that iPod nano prototype we saw this morning, complete with 1.3MP camera? A prototype for a reason, says a new report, which claims that while Apple does want to put a camera on the next-generation iPod nano, this particular prototype took pictures so crummy that Apple shelved it.

MIC Gadget says about the nano prototype:

It’s real, and it’s a two-month-old prototype that has big problems. It comes with an auto iris lens that can be affected by diffraction and blurring when the iris opening becomes too small in bright conditions. Ok, I gotta say it simply, it takes overexposed photos.

According to our factory sources, Apple have problems with the lens aperture for the next-gen iPod nano, the iris is not functioning correctly to allow the advantages of the low aperture to be utilized.

More interestingly, MIC Gadget also claims that Apple has already perfected the camera software interface, and that even with this prototype setback, Apple intends on launching the next iPod nano featuring a built-in camera in the next three months.

That would certainly be nice, even though I’m still a little confused about the point of a camera in a device this small. What do you think? Could you see yourself taking a photo with your nano? Let us know in the comments.

  • redgirlsays

    There’s only one use for teeny tiny cameras: spy cams. 

  • redgirlsays

    There’s only one use for teeny tiny cameras: spy cams. 

  • Karl Numan Miller

    Only one foreseeable use: upskirt videos!

  • achhab

    awesome

  • Blake Beavers

    I use my nano that I got for free as a watch. I don’t see what the point of this is…

  • David Sangwell

    I think having the camera where it is is silly, I can only see the camera being useful in a bluetooth connected nano, hooked up to an iPhone or iPad (or even directly on wifi) for facetime…

  • Nathan Glass

    Stop turning everything into a “camera”.

  • Dan Selden

    completely unnecessary. i’d like to think the trajectory of the nano is towards a device which absorbs the shuffle into a low price-point, touch-screen device. it will be geared towards your typical iTunes listening but more focused around fitness and lifestyle (they can’t ignore the potential of an Apple presence in the new personal health game). but i’m all about the wristband… and a camera makes no sense on your wrist.

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