A photo which purportedly shows the next version of the iPod nano has surfaced on Apple.pro (via MacRumors) and the new model appears to have lost the rear belt clip and gained a camera. The camera sensor is reported as being 1.3 megapixel quality. This report follows on from a previous picture reported in April which showed what appeared to be an iPod nano with a port for a camera, but the loss of the rear clip is a new piece of information.
The inclusion of a camera and removal of the clip would be a departure from what would be expected in the next generation of the iPod nano. The clip serves a pretty useful purpose in attaching the device to clothing, especially given the size of the iPod nano itself.
Looking at the image with a cynical eye, the camera port shown in the picture above appear to have a hexagonal rim which seems a little strange for a camera. There also appears to be a clip shaped imprint on the device. Could someone have removed the clip from an existing iPod nano and then drilled a hole in the housing and inserted a metal ring to claim it was a camera? Absolutely. Could it be the next gen iPod nano? Hmmm.