April 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM ET
Apple may be upping the photo stakes with its devices. New reports suggest the next iPhone will have an 8-megapixel camera, and the iPod Nano, the little guy (but not the littlest — that's the iPod Shuffle) will again get some kind of camera.
The 5th-generation iPod Nano, sometimes referred to as the "tall one" (it is 3.6 inches high) with a 2.2-inch display screen, introduced a video camera to the Nano in 2009. But the current model, which is 1.48 inches high and 1.61 inches wide, doesn't have one.
Does it need a camera? Well, that depends. Almost every mobile device now seems to have one, even if they're marginally useful.
The Nano, now with a 1.5-inch display, will likely be due for a refresh this fall. If its shape stays the same, and it incorporates a camera, it could be among the tiniest devices with the feature. Think of the trouble government, company and school officials would have enforcing a "no photos/videos" zone with such a small device.
A photograph of shared by a Taiwanese Mac blog, Apple.pro, and shared on many websites Monday, shows what it bills as the casing for the iPod Nano, with a spot for the camera. Apple does not comment on products in development.
"If a reflection of the final product, it would show Apple having successfully found a way to include a camera in the touchscreen iPod nano redesign," said iPodNN. "The last tall iPod nano had a video-only camera that was dropped in the new version for what was presumed to be size and battery life issues. Whether or not it will include still photography is unknown; there were purportedly hardware reasons in 2009, but a newer generation might make it possible."