iPod nano Gets Video Camera [Updated]

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Apple unveiled its new iPod nano on Wednesday at its special media event in San Francisco. The new iPod nano includes a built-in video camera with microphone and is available in 8Gb and 16GB models.

Along with a video camera, the new nano sports a larger 2.2-inch display, a built-in pedometer, built-in FM radio, VoiceOver support and is available in several colors.

The new iPod nano with built-in video camera.

The nano's video camera supports 640 x 480 resolution at 30fps in H.264 format, and includes real-time effects such as film grain, thermal, x-ray and kaleido. It doesn't, however, let users take still shots like the iPhone 3GS camera does.

The new built-in radio includes a 15 minute buffer so users can pause live radio or scrub through broadcasts, and song tagging that includes song purchasing support at the iTunes Store. The included headphones also act as the radio antenna, which limits playback to earbuds means users won't be able to listen to FM stations through the iPod's built-in speaker.

Like iTunes 9, the new nano includes the Genius Mixes feature that can build up to 12 different mixes that play endlessly.

The iPod nano is available in silver, black, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow, (PRODUCT) RED and pink.

The new iPod nano is priced at US$149 for the 8GB model, and $179 for the 16GB version.

[This article has been updated with additional information about the iPod nano.]

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A nano with a video camera is hardly a challenge to Flip.  It isn’t even HD.  (I assume they’d have said it if it was.)  Why is this not on the iTouch?  The touch can DO things with the resulting photos and movies.


Why is this not on the iTouch?

There are two likely answers to this:

1) There have been rumors, in the last couple of days, that the iPod Touch (there is no such thing as an iTouch) with a camera is in late development, but that problems were found during the initial production run(s) and as many as tens of thousands of the units produces had to be tossed out.

2) Apple is keeping the ‘real’ camera exclusive to the iPhone, at least for the time-being, because a) Due to subsidies from AT&T the iPhone make Apple more money, justifying the cost of adding the camera, and b) they don’t want to give the iPod Touch all of the iPhone’s features (other than the phone), or it will eat away at more of the iPhone’s market share. This is important because of point a), and because, to a certain extent, Apple wants to keep AT&T happy.


The iPod nano also adds some languages: Arabic and Hebrew.
This change is missing from the classic.

I;d LOVE to see a screenshot of the Arabic interface

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