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Leaked Next-Gen iPod nano Photos Show Built-In Camera

Leaked Next-Gen iPod nano Photos Show Built-In Camera

It has been a while since Apple refreshed the design of their watch-like iPod nano, but new leaked pictures from Japanese tech blog Apple.pro suggest that Apple may update their design to include a built-in camera.

The publication leaked a similar set of images last April, with these new shots seemingly indicating that Apple may still be planning to add a camera to the back of the device while retaining the size and form factor of the current model.

What’s interesting about the images is that the camera seems to be placed on the iPod nano’s clip rather than the main housing, which would separate the lense and sensor hardware from the rest of the camera module. In addition, the design looks remarkably similar to a patent filed by Apple in May, as pointed out in the report.

A separare patent filing in November shows a built-in sound system for the Nano, complete with a microphone, which may allow the Nano to use Apple’s Siri technology, or possibly act as a wireless remote for Siri for the iPhone 4S. This, however, would require that Apple add Wifi or Bluetooth to the nano, the latter of which has long been a requested feature for the device.

Apple.pro has a fairly good track record with Apple rumors, having leaked accurate images of schematics for the Verizon iPhone 4, accurate details regarding the iPad 2, and the touch screen currently found in the iPod nano.

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