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iPod touch 4 case leaks show camera, flash?

As spring turns to summer and fall, iPad and iPhone leaks turn to iPod touch -- witness the images above which claim to reveal iPod touch 4 complete with camera and flash.

HardMac claims the image came from a case manufacturer, the same who leaked the iPod mini (nano) camera last year, and that Apple typically provides advance size and shape information to these manufacturers. (Though clearly not for iPhone 4).

So here's the question, do you want iPod touch to stay looking pretty much the same, albeit with Retina Display and (likely 3mp) camera, or do you want a more iPhone 4-style case redesign as well?


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  • iPhone 4 style ftw
  • Deja vu. But I love how the camera isn't in the center this time.
  • An iPod is an iPod, enhance it as much as possible but, why does it need a camera & flash, like keep it nice & simple.
  • Am I the only one who noticed that the bar on the bottom that holds the three apps separate is NOT from the iOS 4?? It would surprise me if apple chose to not show off the new operating system, even if it's only on a case mock up. That could mean that these pictures pre date the iPhone 4, and may or may not be completely accurate
  • i agree with dayton. at least put iOS 4 in your fake mock ups
  • Looks like they are using the original iphone 2g material on the back
  • iPhone 4 style. There's no phone antenna to kill anyway, so death-touch shouldn't be an issue (WiFi works fine on my iPhone 4 regardless of how I grip it). Flat sides would make it easier to grip it as a camera (love that about iPhone 4 body). And yeah, retina display please!
  • I don't care about the back camera. I just want a front cam and a Retina Display. We'll be good.
  • Flat side of iPhone 4 allows for setting on a surface and using a self-timer camera app. As such, that case design would be nice for the iPod (if a camera is actually included)
  • I think it's a good move from apple to keep the design of this separate to the iPhone (if indeed they do). Although they are based on the same OS, and are pretty much the same hardware, this distinction in design also defines both as two separate products. The iPhone was released as an amazingly technological device, with fantastic design. Keeping the iPod in this style keeps the iPhone as their distinct, original headline product (which they all believe it to be, lets face it) and the iPod as it's own thing, too.
    Just like it used to be with G1 iPhone versus the normal iPods (non-touch); different design, two different products.
    Yet there is still consistency across the line, as this shape iPod is very similar to iPad in material and shape, and the iPad bears many similarities with their MacBook products.
  • Really? this seems pretty fake to me. I wouldn't be surprised if the iPod Touch gets a camera but I doubt they have inside info. Didn't Steve tell everyone they do NOT give out that information due to leaks exactly like this? I at least thought he meant it for all products, not just the iPhone. And yeah, although it doesn't really matter for a mockup of a case, you would think they would have used a screen with iOS4.
  • This is awful. The pictured device isn't even running iOS 4. There is also no way Apple doesn't include FaceTime on the new iPod Touch.
  • Fake
  • Iphone 4 style anyday
  • every pic is a fake till somedude get his hands on a prototype in a bar ..........
  • Can I ask what may be a stupid there a way to make phone calls via Skype on the iPod Touch? I know there is no mic, but can you use the iPhone headset or another BT headset?
  • @Tre:
    That's called aluminum and, no, they are not. It looks like that because these are mockups of the thing WITH a clear silicon case on...
    Anyway dudes, that's NOT a flash, it's a microphone!!! Did you forget that the iPod touch doesn't have a microphone to record video with!?
  • Fake. The sleep wake button is on the opposite side compared to the current iPod Touch. Unless of course Apple changes the design.
  • The picture is just a mockup of the supposed iPod touch 4th gen. You guys have to remember that all the case makers get are dimensions of the device and keep-zones such as the light sensor location. So, they probably know that there is a rear camera and a microphone or flash because Apple told them that the case could block those areas.
  • iPhone 4 look with FaceTime!
  • Great news,
    Thanks buddy..
  • The iTouch should be the same as now except with a high MP (5 or 8) camera and flash for the the back and also a front facing camera for video chat.
    "Retina" display not needed.
  • Anyone else notice theres a camera... but no camera app! lol
  • Great next bring in 3g Sim card slot and it becomes ipad nano
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  • That screen is wider (holding sideways) than the current iPod Touch screen.
  • This is way fake. Steve said they'd sell something like 10-15 million FaceTime devices by years end. So why wouldn't he mean that it is going to be included on the iPod Touch. I purchased an iPod Touch 3G in January and I'm looking forward and hoping for these changes to come.I want the exact same model as the iPhone 4 minus the phone and 3G capabilities. Retina display I would love to see and the front facing camera and 5MP back camera, FaceTime would be amazing on it. We can only wait and hope for the best in September.
  • One thing to take note is the lack of the iTunes icon...
    and I found a good website about free ipad apps,to google search "best free ipad apps for aneesoft"......
  • This is great ! Fake people talking about a fake iPod !!
  • I think that it's obvious that the new ipod touch has a back similar to the iPad. It has the same matt alumimum texture and it lacks a wifi reciever (just like the iPad).
    Perhaps this is the iPad nano that people have been talking about - maybe the name 'iPod touch' will be scrapped. Of course it's unlikely, but it's clear that Apple is trying to make it a part of the ipad family rather than the iphone family.
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