Is this the seventh-generation iPod nano?

By on May 11, 2011, 6:00 AM

The seventh-generation iPod nano will likely add a camera to its rear side and ditch the built-in clip. The device will, however, retain its same small form factor and multitouch screen.

The new information comes from an alleged picture of the next iPod nano. The camera will reportedly be a low-resolution 1.3 megapixel lens, according to the Taiwanese website, which credits a source named Ray from California.

The reason for killing the iPod nano clip is simple: it would cover the camera lens on the purported device. Ray did not mention, however, whether Apple would attempt to solve the loss of the clip.

This is not the first indication to suggest that Apple could add a camera to its multitouch iPod nano. Early last month, the news leaked, noting that the current model's size and display would remain unchanged. The source was the same Taiwanese blog that leaked the above picture.

While it's hard to believe a rumor when there is only one main source, but it is worth noting that this particular Taiwanese Apple blog has correctly leaked each of the previous six generations of the iPod nano. For this reason, we think this news will indeed come to pass.

The larger fifth-generation iPod nano, released in September 2009, did have a camera. The sixth-generation iPod nano, released in September 2010, lost the camera in favor of a smaller form factor with a multitouch screen. Many will welcome the camera back, though others will in turn complain about the loss of the clip.

Other details for the new iPod nano or not yet known. The last three generations have come in 8GB and 16GB flavors. We think it's time for a bump in storage.

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mosu said:

who cares!

Guest said:

I care! The nano 6G had the best battery life and form factor for sports that I've come across, but without the clip to attach onto my cycling shorts it'd be essentially useless to me. It's an interesting design decision that makes one wonder what market Apple is aiming for with this generation.

Guest said:

How dumb...yeah lets remove the functional and realistic clip and add a camera with no display or viewfinder. This has got to be a joke right?

Guest said:

nvr mind.....I see it has a screen.....but seriously do u need a camera on there??

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

nvr mind.....I see it has a screen.....but seriously do u need a camera on there??

No. Will people shell out money for it? Probably... *facepalm*

tehbanz tehbanz said:

They could even just have the camera and then the clip quick snap on/off for when you want to take a picture! All of us say "Why a camera with only 1.3 MP" but kids eat that shit up. Remember the game boy camera?

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Everybody is bashing this idea... there is a small market for people who want small hidden cameras... ideally perverts... is this just pictures, or video too? lol

I can see it now, ppl strapping this to their shoe just to get some upskirt video shots. Sounds silly, but a teacher use to do this when I was in middle school, of course he got caught.

EDIT: Oh wait.. but you still run into the problem with not being able to clip it to your shoe... lmao

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If you already have a more powerful camera on your phone, why would you need a less powerful camera on your iPod?

How many situations really arise when you leave your home without your phone, but with your iPod, and you come upon a need to take pictures?

princeton princeton said:

I love how they went from video capability on the 3-5gen nano then they decided to **** it up and put a touch screen on an ipod shuffle sized device,

Isn't it great when the third gen is superior to the 6th gen? Who even buys ipod nanos anymore?

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

It's going to have a clip. That's just silly to say you can't fit a clip on there because one corner has a camera.

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