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Next-gen iPod Nano to Also be a Tiny Camera?

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The little watch-sized iPod nano could turn into the ultimate video device at the gym.

The previous generation of iPod nano had more features than the current one. The older model packed a bigger display as well as a video camera to capture 720p video. While the quality wasn't great, it gave a very popular music player a camera that worked for casual capture uses.

The current iPod nano dropped all of the video camera features in favor of a smaller form factor with a multi-touch screen. For many, it was a step backwards. Now, there are signs that point towards there being a camera being shoehorned into the little new nano's body.

A picture obtained by the Taiwanese site show a metal casing that's purportedly for the next iPod nano. On it is camera hole that could mean that the next iPod nano will be a tiny, little spy cam.

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    joytech22 , April 5, 2011 11:29 AM
    There's virtually no room in a device that small for any kind of decent camera, Putting one in would be more of an insult.

    It would probably be a 2mp with the quality of a vga camera.
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    ProDigit10 , April 5, 2011 12:23 PM
    I guess there'll be more bathroom peeks on youtube then!
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    back_by_demand , April 5, 2011 12:24 PM
    Apple, friend of up-skirt perverts everywhere
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    chefboyeb , April 5, 2011 12:35 PM
    I hate interpolated cameras that most of these manufacturers and cell-phone companies put on their gadgets, but then claim otherwise when it comes time for documentation and labelling. Why put one in this puiny thing? Nokia's high end phones are the only ones with cameras worth talking about really...
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    ricardok , April 5, 2011 12:43 PM
    That camera seems to be backwards.. Why it's on the back? Since we will be using a wristband or anything like that than that camera seems to be misplaced. Put it on the front, add wifi and than we can have facetime "Dick Tracy Style".. THAN we will have some great videos showing up on the web. :) 
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    tipoo , April 5, 2011 1:03 PM
    Remove camera and many other features. Call it a new generation. Add camera, another new generation. Great, just great.

    I guess this also would mean a return to video playback capability. Knowing Apple, the sixth gen won't get an update to add that support despite probably having a capable processor. Look at the Classics, the old ones never got the new functionality despite having nearly identical hardware.

    The Nano has gone far too long without a capacity doubling IMO, I'd be happy forgoing the camera if it came in 32GB.
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    Vampyrbyte , April 5, 2011 1:12 PM
    I recently lost my iPod Nano, it was the 2nd Gen, the one that the 8Gigs only came in black for some reason.

    Anyhow. This iPod was, apparently, as good as it gets. I don't want to carry around a whacking great hard drive and I already have a phone. So the classics and touch/iphone are out of the question. And now the Nano's are tiny touch screen affairs. You cant tell me this is easier to use than the wheel that came hand in hand with the iPod for so many years.

    Why can't it just play music and be easy to use while walking out and about with one hand?
    Why does it have to take pictures and play video? I already have a phone for this shit!
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    remyj123 , April 5, 2011 1:33 PM
    I have to agree with Vampyrbyte. I too have an old second gen iPod Nano with 8GB and I much prefer the size of that versus the new square Nano. The touch wheel works well in my pocket without having to look at it where as these new touch screen jobs need to be seen to work the controls. On a cold 20 degree day while walking, I like to control my Nano without taking my hand out of the pocket.
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    alexcheng , April 5, 2011 1:45 PM
    lol this is wrong.
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    cmashwin , April 5, 2011 1:57 PM
    yep.. not on a nano.. a mic, radio n great batt life is enough.. Maybe a speaker..
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    back_by_demand , April 5, 2011 2:14 PM
    iPhone Nano, otherwise YAWN
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    kesgreen , April 5, 2011 5:53 PM
    Thanks chicgoods, I really need some jor dan shoes. I have no doubt that your goods are of the highest quality.

    Apple are evil, money-grabbers and their goods are only bought by poseurs with more money than sense. I made the mistake of buying the original Nano. I'll never buy their crap again.
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    dark_lord69 , April 5, 2011 6:01 PM
    "iPod nano will be a tiny, little spy cam"
    This is wonderful news for advantagous voyeurs everywhere.
    OR if you just want to make a little home made porn without her knowing.
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    liveonc , April 5, 2011 6:17 PM
    RicardoKThat camera seems to be backwards.. Why it's on the back? Since we will be using a wristband or anything like that than that camera seems to be misplaced. Put it on the front, add wifi and than we can have facetime "Dick Tracy Style".. THAN we will have some great videos showing up on the web.

    My thoughts exactly. Even if a iPhone Nano wasn't the intention, if the iPod Nano has wifi or bluetooth, you "might" be able to make skype video calls with a front facing camera & if it has a wristband, you "could" use it like a watch like Sony Ericsson LiveView.
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    Assmar , April 5, 2011 6:46 PM
    Just make an official nano watch. My friend made his own and it looks brilliant. Not that i'd make the mistake of buying an apple product ever again, but just saying.
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    HavoCnMe , April 5, 2011 7:52 PM
    This is how you can tell an R&D team is running low on ideas.

    When they start putting LED's on it to make it appealing to the youth, they have hit rock bottom.
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    weaselsmasher , April 5, 2011 10:27 PM
    So you hate Apple more because of THIS? Even assuming it has a shred of truth (which Tom's articles on future products usually are fully lacking in, just like every other "pundit" trying to pretend they know what Apple is going to do next), why would inclusion of a basic camera be worthy of frothing?

    Behavior like this is why I screen for haters when I interview people. Apple hater, Microsoft hater, Linux hater... it's all the same to me.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , April 6, 2011 12:11 PM
    Good one Apple,I may just buy my first apple product ever...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , April 6, 2011 12:13 PM
    And maybe even more I shall buy if this iPod nano gets the pass mark by me...
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    reconviperone1 , April 6, 2011 3:09 PM
    dont care. been screwed by apple twice, and now apparently microsoft who will no longer support by beloved 32gb zune hd, best pmp ever. I think i will be purchasing a galaxy s mp3, time to put the zune on ebay
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