A part that is rumored to be from the as-yet-unreleased seventh generation iPod nano suggests that the device will regain its the camera that it lost when Apple dramatically shrank it last year. The part, discovered by Apple.pro (via 9to5Mac) appears to be of the same shape as the current generation iPod nano but with the simple addition of a space for a camera.
Last year, Apple reduced the size and changed the shape of the iPod nano and introduced an iOS style multi-touch control screen. The capacity of the new generation maxed out at 16GB, but the ‘nano’ also included an FM radio. Apple appeared to drop the camera from the previous generation in favor of the other features but apparently is looking to get back to the cam (much like back to the Mac, eh?). The question is, is this really a good idea?
The previous generation of iPod nano was fairly easily to hold and shoot pics with but the newer, square shaped iPod nano may be a little awkward to position for pictures, similar to the iPad 2. Neither model seems designed for comfortable photography. However, the advantage that the iPad 2 has is FaceTime. Unless this is somehow implemented in the iPad nano (along with Wi-Fi), which would be a feat of engineering in itself, then a camera in the iPod nano just seems a little odd.
To be honest, I’d much rather see an increased storage capacity in the iPod nano. If Apple can shrink the internal components enough to incorporate a camera, then surely increased storage isn’t out of the question?