I guess we all knew not to expect news about the tablet project at Apple’s press conference today. But the iPod Touch with newly added camera seemed like a sure bet. I own a Touch, and a camera would simply make it a lot better. Tonight’s big surprise was that Cupertino instead chose to add it to the Nano.
Let’s take a look at the new iPod line-up. There’s the Shuffle, which is dedicated to audio. You even control it through sound. Then there’s the new Nano, which although it has a slightly bigger screen is still not something I’d watch movies on. The Touch on the other hand is ideally suited for that. The Classic has the most storage, but lacks the Touch’s extensive multimedia features. The only iPod that would allow the camera to be used with Twitter, upload video through wifi and watch it on a decent screen did not get the camera.
Don’t touch the iPhone
We can only guess why Apple chose this, but the logical conclusion seems to be that they didn’t want the Touch to invade iPhone territory. It’s already a relatively cheap way to get access to Apple’s App Store (as was mentioned in the presentation), and my guess is Apple didn’t want it to get any better. Sure, it got a speed bump, but it’s still pretty much the same device.
Another thing the disappointed me was the camera’s lower-even-than-sd resolution. 640*480 pixels was pretty sexy five years ago, but if they really want to take on the Creative Vado and Flip Mimo with this, they better bump that to 720p asap. If the Nano can handle that. I’m sure the Touch could…