Third Generation iPod touch to get Camera... and Microphone?
Rumors of the third generation iPod touch getting a camera -- even video camera -- is nothing new, however Wired.com now claims they may be getting a built-in microphone as well:
With the addition of video to Camera, and the Voice Memo app, combined with a built-in mic making VoIP even easier, we'll come out and say it -- ultimate non-phone handset is nigh.
Apple typically unveils new iPod touch models once a year at their special music event, alongside other iPods and related announcements -- which last time, at Let's Rock included the iPhone 2.1 firmware and iTunes 8.
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Yeah, that's what ATT is thinking right now. Force Apple to turn off the Mic when WiFi is on. ;-)
But I can't imagine a scenario where Apple would let AT&T dictate to them about something that does not use their network.
OTOH I can imagine Apple planning to be free of ATT in the future.
I'm betting Voip is EXACTLY the market Apple is going for. They can imagine the future, and build toward it.
With an off-cellular device like the Touch, they can do pretty much what ever they want, and have Voip apps (their own and third parties) developed, tested, and ready to go when the networks deliver on their HSDPA 7Meg deployed.
Sooner or later I believe the carriers will build enough speed that they will no longer have any justification for blocking Voip. No terrestrial internet provider can legally block Voip in the US, (Canada?). The carriers have been claiming network saturation as their excuse to the FCC, while we all know its just because it competes with their overpriced minutes.
Eventually when 4G networks are rolled out it's possible that there can be some kind of data-only iPod for 20-30 bucks a month, or some kind of add-on that would provide data.
Apple should do this, just more money for them. If you already have an iphone, why do you care?
Does ANYONE know when this 3rd gen ipod touch will arrive? THANX
One thing I have wondered though, has apple ever considered adding an SD Card slot to iTouch or other iPods? I know SD is more of a Windows technology, but I think adding a card slot would enhance the file mobility/sharing capability for the iTouch in particular.
Either way I'm eagerly awaiting to get my first iTouch in September! ;-)
Looks like the camera and mic are pretty much a done deal so the question now is what will be the capabilities? 5 megapix? Mic on the front, next to the camera or in a headset?
Also, if you read to the end of that article it looks like I'm not the only one who thinks and SD slot would be a good idea. The author mentions miniSD which would be perfect for a hand held device. Since I have a 10.4 iMac I didn't know the latest iMacs have miniSD slots, that seems like a natural segue onto the hand held platform. My guess is if we get the camera and mic in this update, the next major revision will include some time of memory card slot.
Yeah, you're right. I guess I just "want to believe"! ;-)
You can currently use Skype on iPod Touch 2g. You just need a pair of headphones with an in-line microphone. I just use the one that came with my blackberry!
And I'm hoping for multi-tasking. Like being able to talk on Skype and play a game. Or listen to Sirius and be online.
jus youtube ipod touch 3rd generation and there should a video showinqq it i herard its cominq out in september i was qnna qe a itouch 2g but wen i heard this i said i can wait ill jus qet this one who cares if its like a iphone the phone actually has everythinq for it 2 be a phone the touch doesnt and if they add mic tht would qood for them cus alot of ppl would qet it so qood on there partt
the mic on the touch would be for possible video, voice memo, voice recognition and the slight possibility of wifi skype. The mic on the touch would have nothing to do with apple trying to create their own carrier service. If they wanted to do that they would simply wait for the contract with AT&T to expire. But apple won't become a carrier. It's not a good buisness plan.
For the ipod it's self like see through so u can see like the circuits n shit I'm totally going for the whole set 1,2 and 3
Lol, I'm eBaying it and getting a iPhone I think lol, would that no solve all of this if you all got iphone's, cause come on that's exactly what your all wanting from the new iPod. microphone and voice recognition. sounds like the iPhone to me
So is it likely that the new iPods will actually be available on the date they are announced or will we still have to wait for them to be "in stock"?