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This third-generation iPod touch prototype had a camera that never reached the public

Every now and then, we can see a little bit of Apple’s discarded plans in the way. This is one of those occasions. The third generation iPod touch had no cameras, but a prototype that has recently come to light shows a unit with a sensor on the back.

Collector and developer Giulio Zompetti published these photos last week (via AppleInsider). In them we can see a third generation iPod touch with two elements that shouldn’t be there: a rear camera and a microphone next to it. This generation never had a camera, so it is a collector’s item.

This third-generation iPod touch prototype had a camera that never reached the publicThis third-generation iPod touch prototype had a camera that never reached the public

The third generation iPod touch debuted in September 2009 without cameras. These sensors would not arrive until the following year, when Apple launched the fourth generation with two cameras , one rear and one front. In 2010, iPhone 4 debuted, introducing for the first time a front camera to take advantage of the new FaceTime video calling service.

In addition to the existence of a camera, what is striking is its positioning. Apple has never placed one of these sensors in the center of the device . On the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it has always been found on the upper left side of the back.

The last time Apple announced a new iPod touch was last year, when it launched the seventh-generation iPod touch. This model put an end to four years of drought in this product line . One that has clearly taken a back seat for the company.

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Of course, Zompetti has a real collector’s item. As the developer claims, the camera is fully functional . This kind of products are usually sold on auction websites and can reach several times their original value.