Rumor: iPod Cameras Delayed


Could the long-rumored cameras being added to the iPod touch, iPod nano, and even iPod classic have hit a snag, leading to a delay that might effect Apple's "It's only rock and roll but we like it" special music event planned for Wednesday?

AppleInsider, citing a "person with a strong track record in predicting Apple's upcoming product launches" (PWASTRIPAUPL), is rumoring just that:

the iPod maker experienced technical problems with the cameras months ago. The person said that it was uncertain whether the new hardware, which has been widely expected to debut at Wednesday's "Only rock and roll" media-centric event, would make the cut for early September.

Since the iPod touch is so similar to the iPhone, unless Apple is trying to cram the cam into too thin an enclosure, we have a hard time seeing the problem in that SKU. Whether or not the rumor is accurate, whether or not it effects all the of the iPods or just iPod nano and iPod classic, and whether or not Apple delays announcing the new iPods or simply announces them as "shipping in the future" are all, of course, unknown.

With so much of the music events -- and holiday shopping season -- relying on the iPod lineup, however, it's hard to imagine them letting things slip much, if at all.

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Rene Ritchie

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Rumor: iPod Cameras Delayed


Well if the camera iPods didn't make the cut then what else could they possibly be debuting?

The release itself may be delayed but the onstage product will be working. There's no way that one will be messed up. But if Apple doesn't get on the move by the holiday season, they will lose a crap load of money. We shall see.

The closer we get the wilder the rumors get.
The next thing you know Obama will be on stage with Hu Jintao announcing the Unicom deal.

they will simply just delay the shipping date and start taking in all of the pre-orders...isnt that what apple does with most of their products?
look at how many products theyve introduced, and how many of them were available that day? barely any.

Actually lately most of them have been available immediately. Last year the touch and nano could be ordered before the event was even over. I ordered my touch 2g that afternoon and had it a few days later.

This is unrelated, but the word you want in this article is "affect" (verb - to have an impact on something) and not "effect" (noun - a result). It's the English teacher in me. Sorry.

ye im kinda pissed i hope the touch comes out tomorow because i was going to buy one in january but then my brother was like dont theres a new one comming out in march and look what do you know its already september and i want the touch bad :P