A new iPod nano with a rear camera is apparently going to be launched by Apple in the next two months, according to a new rumor from two sites. The rumor stems from an initial post by Apple.pro who claim that they have some new pictures of an iPod nano which appears to be very similar to the existing model but with a 1.3 megapixel camera on the rear side of the device.
The photos are strikingly similar to pictures that appeared in May of 2011 that show a green iPod nano with a camera. However, another site, MIC Gadget is now suggesting that the new pictures are of an older prototype device that is at least 2 months old. The site goes on to say that the prototype had some problems with the camera which resulted in blurring and overexposed photos.
In addition, it is claimed that the new iPod nano is in fact ready for production and that, once the issues with the camera are resolved, should be set for a launch in Q1 or Q2 of 2012.
What’s interesting is that this correlates with some other, and much more recent, goings-on in the world of the iPod nano. The first is that Apple has begun offering refurbished iPod nano units to customers taking part in the first generation iPod nano exchange program. This could be explained as low stock on the first gen iPod nano but also a way of reducing stock. The company also recently reduced prices on refurbished iPod nano units on their online Store, further suggesting a reduction in stock.
What’s clear is that, with a purported launch date in the first half of this year, we’ll find out soon.