Assuming they even get any now
I can imagine Steve being displeased with a buyer even *talking* about an upcoming product. Quite sad that it really wouldn't be that surprising if John Lewis found itself sans iPods comes the holiday season.
Claims that UK department store chain John Lewis today let slip what Apple is preparing for the annual September iPod refresh are bollocks... probably. We were there when the besuited buyer of audio products for the chain's 29 shops and online business said he didn't know what Apple was planning to announce but was making a …
In the past the iPod touch has been missing much more than just the phone. It's also been without camera, GPS, speaker, microphone.
However Steve Jobs is on record as saying that Apple will ship "tens of millions" of FaceTime-connected devices by the end of 2010. That's been widely interpreted as meaning that the iPhone 4 won't be the only FaceTime device available for Christmas stockings, so it does seem very likely that the iPod touch will get the necessary hardware.
I would also be quite unsurprised if Apple's AIM/ICQ/Jabber program on the Mac, iChat, gets FaceTime compatibility at or about the same time as the annual iPod event.
Their "Instant Messaging" program already supports videoconferencing- as does pretty much every other "mainstream" IM client.
And pretty much every 3G phone ever made.
So yeah, I'd be unsurprised if it got FaceTime over WiFi. In fact I'm amazed it hasn't had it before now. Looks like Apple's tech is finally pulling itself into the 21st Century to match it's impressive UI design!
I can't imagine that the iPod Touch will have many more features similar to the iPhone, if you make the devices too similar they'll just cannibalise each other's sales. I would think though that adding a camera to the Touch would be a big draw, I'd also like to see a 128Gb version but I doubt I'll be replacing my 64Gb this year...
Based in the iPad, I think the GPS chipset is built into the phone radio. Unlikely to appear in the touch.
The camera is a more likely option. I certainly didn't buy an ipod touch last year because I was waiting for the camera to appear. With camera it will be an awesome computer for kids... I hope
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