Earlier today we showed you some photos of an iPod nano with a built-in camera. M.I.C. Gadget now claims to have more information, stating that those pictures were of a two-month-old prototype that took overexposed pictures.
The report cites sources from within Apple’s manufacturing chain, and elaborates their claim by stating that the problem is with the lens aperture on the camera. Apparently the iris isn’t functioning correctly, which causes the overexposed shots. They also claim that Apple has been testing a 2-megapixel camera, but dumped it due to poor image quality.
M.I.C. Gadget finishes their report with a bang, stating that the device will be released by late March or early April:
So, here’s what we know so far: the lens aperture problem would delay the release of next-gen iPod Nano, it would arrive late 1st quarter or early 2nd quarter 2012. It will not follow one year release cycle. The new iPod Nano will come with a camera, and looks exactly like the current-generation iPod Nano.
Unfortunately, they did not provide information on whether the device would include Bluetooth or WiFi, or a microphone enabling it to remote-control the iPhone’s Siri feature, as suggested in our original article.