Images that MacRumors tipsters claim are the front LCD and bezel of the fourth-generation iPod Touch clearly show a front-sided hole just big enough for a front-facing FaceTime camera. And it looks relatively legit.
Or, to precise, what were these apparent test devices doing on eBay, before they were unceremoniously yanked? And are they real?
Usually reading the patent tea leaves is an inaccurate science at best, without knowing how exactly a proposed technology will fit into a company's product plans. Other times, there's an actual drawing of an iPod Touch with a video camera.
Just when you thought you could forget about the elusive bugger, rumors about an iPod Touch with a built-in camera start up again. The latest report points to a Spring 2010 refresh that will finally include a video camera.
Points in favor of realness: the photos aren't blurry; we've got multiple shots of the camera hardware; the photos match previous rumors about camera placement. Points against realness: they came from a radio show; and the iPod is totally destroyed.
Techcrunch is reporting, via "sources in Asia," that Apple is gobbling up huge numbers of camera sensors—the same ones used in the iPhone 3GS—for use in iPods. If Apple isn't really doing this, they should be.