Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Rumors Abound

Aug 8th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology

If you believe the weeks rumors, Apple is preparing to
launch a camera-equipped iPod Touchone that would conceivably allow users to
video-chat with one another via FaceTimewhen it carries out an expected iPod
refresh this fall.  

An iPhone parts supplier sent us these photos of what are
claimed to be the front LCD and bezel of the upcoming 4th generation iPod
Touch, reads
an Aug. 5 posting on the MacRumors blog
. The new part clearly shows a
front-sided hole that would leave room for a front-facing FaceTime camera.

The accompanying images indeed show an LCD and bezel evocative
of Apples iPod Touch design, stamped 10-04-29 on the back. The part also
features what looks like a black rubber or plastic strip, stamped Apple
[copyright] 2010 in white.

Other sources have suggested a camera-equipped iPod Touch is
on the way. On Aug. 5, the
blog Hardmac posted a photo illustration
, supposedly done by an iPod case
manufacturer, showing a device with a camera aperture embedded in the back.
Even if it is hard to have a perfect view through the case, read the
accompanying post, it looks like the back is rounded, unlike the one of the
new iPhone, and of course there is a camera and flash.

In later-summer 2009, rumors also abounded that Apple was
working on an iPod equipped with a camera for stills and video. The company
eventually released a revamped iPod Nano with built-in video camera and FM
radio.

According to the latest scuttlebutt, Apple could be planning
a revamp of its whole mobile-device line.

Take this report with the requisite grains of salt, but
heres what weve heard about the upcoming late 2010/early 2011 iPod, iPhone
and iPad lineups from a highly reliable source, Jeremy
Horwitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge, wrote Aug. 4
. Our sources accuracy
level is very high but not perfect, which is about as good as can be expected
given the nature of Apple-related leaks.

Horwitzs unnamed source apparently suggested that Apple
will launch a new iPod Nano and iPod Touch, along with a revamped iPod Shuffle
equipped with a touch-screen. Other predictions included a 7-inch iPad for
either late 2010 or early 2011 release, cheaper all-silicon iPhone bumpers, and
a fifth-generation iPhone possibly due in early 2011.

Its unknown whether this will be a repackaging of iPhone 4
components in a different shell or something more substantial. We reiterate:
Its hard to believe, Horwitz wrote about the iPhone rumor. But as with so
many seemingly farfetched early reports, its not impossible.

For years, Apple managed to maintain a tight veil of secrecy
around its upcoming products. That changed in April 2010, when
an iPhone 4 prototype was discovered in a northern California bar and publicly
dissected by tech blog Gizmodo
. A few weeks after that mega-traffic
postnot to mention a police raid on the California home of Gizmodo editor
Jason Chenimages
and video of another iPhone 4 prototype appeared on the Vietnamese online form
Taoviet

Those early leaks, however, did little to dampen sales of
the iPhone 4. For the third fiscal quarter of 2010, Apple reported sales of 8.4
million iPhones, along with 3.27 million iPads and 3.47 million Macs. Quarterly
sales of iPods fell 8 percent year-over-year
, a phenomenon that Apple
previously attributed to cannibalization by the iPhone.

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