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.
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.