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The images, which look like blurry camera photos, show an iPod touch with what may be a non-physical home button

Some questionable images of an iPod touch have hit the web, leaving tech sites and consumers wondering if they are leaked photos of an iPod touch with a capacitive home button. 

Apple's iPod touch, which is a personal digital assistant, portable media player and Wi-Fi mobile platform, was first introduced in 2007. As of September 2009, Apple sold over 45 million of these devices. So far, four generations of the iPod touch have been released, each with software updates and added features such as a 0.7 megapixel fixed focus camera. 

The physical home button has been a staple in the iPod touch design throughout all four generations, but these new pictures show otherwise. The images, which look like blurry camera photos, show an iPod touch with what may be a non-physical home button. It also has a DVT-1 badge, 128 GB of memory, an aluminum back that resembles the description of the new iPhone 5's back, and is marked model MC550LL. 

In addition, the photos indicate that the touch is running firmware 4.2.1MC14, which is an older version. The fact that it is running older firmware has lead many to believe that this model has been sitting around for quite some time, and was only used as a test subject. 

While a capacitive home button may decrease wear and tear with use on the iPod touch, it's unclear if Apple plans to make this feature a reality, or if these pictures are even leaked images of such a feature. But it doesn't seem completely out of the question since Apple is making changes to its other iPod products, such as adding a camera to the iPod nano once again while keeping the body slimmer and smaller body. 

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By quiksilvr on 4/6/2011 9:10:21 AM , Rating: 2
I like physical buttons. Are they really that much more expensive to have?

RE: Sigh...
By Lord 666 on 4/6/2011 9:47:22 AM , Rating: 2
The physical button on my iPad 2 feels loose and flimsy. Removing that increases durability. Assuming iPad 3 has this as well.

RE: Sigh...
By XiroMisho on 4/7/2011 11:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how my Droid has no cheap feeling buttons, nor has any other device I've owned with buttons... so logic sort of dictates that this is a planned obsolescence here to make you feel that physical buttons are not "Good enough" and you "Need" to have everything be touch.

Can't wait till you have to reboot it when it crashes... now with no physical buttons if the device goes all pearshaped due to an app or whatever (iPads/iPod Touches do indeed crash and occasionally require a reboot...) you're going to be very very very SOL (normally I'd remove the battery to reset it bu- OH WAIT! you can't.).

So the solution is.... what wait for the battery to die, charge it, and hope for the best? What? Seriously, I want to know what Apple's back-up plan is for WHEN these devices crash.

RE: Sigh...
By spookynutz on 4/11/2011 1:50:37 PM , Rating: 2
I've only ever played with one at the store, but I'm pretty sure you use the power button on the top of the device for hard reboots, not the Home button.

I don't really see a downside to a capacitive it. The next iteration will probably support multitasking, so accidentally hitting the home button isn't some big issue.

RE: Sigh...
By invidious on 4/6/2011 9:51:13 AM , Rating: 5
Steve decides what you like, didn't you get the memo?

RE: Sigh...
By KentState on 4/6/2011 1:36:05 PM , Rating: 3
I'm burning mine now in anticipation of the one I should have.

RE: Sigh...
By ksherman on 4/6/2011 10:03:16 AM , Rating: 1
I'm with you. I hated the capacitance buttons on the EVO4G I had.

RE: Sigh...
By nafhan on 4/6/2011 10:03:55 AM , Rating: 3
My Droid Incredible has capacitive buttons on the front. It allows the whole front to be one smooth piece of glass. I think that, rather than cost, is why Apple might do it.

RE: Sigh...
By theapparition on 4/6/2011 4:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
The DI also had a hard button with optical scroll if I remember correctly.

RE: Sigh...
By nafhan on 4/6/2011 4:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, it does. I forgot about that since I don't really use the button or optical joystick.

Holy @$$*!!
By piroroadkill on 4/6/2011 8:43:44 AM , Rating: 5
Seriously though, this is hardly worthy of front page news.

Company slightly changes button on device.

RE: Holy @$$*!!
By Flunk on 4/6/2011 9:31:45 AM , Rating: 3
It's Apple, so of course DailyTech covers it. They have a new article every time Steve Jobs coughs.

RE: Holy @$$*!!
By Motoman on 4/6/2011 10:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
Since you're not retarded, you're aware of the fact that this is such a non-issue that even looking at it on your screen defiles the dignity of the photons emanating from your monitor...

...however, Apple consumers will stampede over each other to buy one, because a capacitive Home button is surely vastly superior to a pushbutton...and pushbuttons are so "mainstream" anyway. Regardless of the fact that precious few of them have enough brain cells to comprehend the term "capacitive."

Firmware version
By PrinceGaz on 4/6/2011 11:38:36 AM , Rating: 2
In addition, the photos indicate that the touch is running firmware 4.2.1MC14, which is an older version. The fact that it is running older firmware has lead many to believe that this model has been sitting around for quite some time, and was only used as a test subject.

The firmware shown is actually 4.2.1 (8C148), not 4.2.1MC14. It was released in Nov 2010 for all iTouch models except the 1st gen version which was no longer supported. I know that because it is the version my 2nd gen is running as it is the last supported version for it, and it is displayed in that field on mine exactly as in that blurry picture (except for not being blurry).

RE: Firmware version
By PrinceGaz on 4/6/2011 2:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure why I've been rated down for providing a correction here to the original article (there is no such thing as 4.2.1MC14).

RE: Firmware version
By callmeroy on 4/7/2011 11:55:23 AM , Rating: 3
Don't try and figure out the ratings system at DT...I learned that a while back. I honestly believe some people just randomly rate up or down for just a single word they like or dislike...very odd bunch some folks.

By jahwarrior on 4/6/2011 2:05:52 PM , Rating: 4
a none physical button would be stupid on the touch, all you need to do is put your finger close to the button and you will exit any program, movie etc. that you are using, which will become extremely frustrating. What apple needs to do is increase the screen size into the 4-5 inch range.

RE: dumb...
By PrinceGaz on 4/6/2011 7:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. A touch-sensitive home-button would be madness as it would be all to easy to accidentally hit. I'm not convinced that dodgy picture is even showing a capacitative sensor anyway, as it could just be a less obvious physical button.

I'd also be concerned about resetting the device, as the second physical button is needed when doing a full reset.

Mac Rumors...
By greylica on 4/6/2011 8:24:04 AM , Rating: 4
I have only one question:
Aren't this kind of rumors supposed to be on Mac Rumors ?

RE: Mac Rumors...
By B3an on 4/12/2011 7:02:19 PM , Rating: 1
This SH** still gets 2nd in the most popular articles.
WHY? it's a f*****g button!

By Dr of crap on 4/6/2011 8:31:10 AM , Rating: 2
No home button - what next - flying to the moon!

RE: ohhhhhhh
By SkullOne on 4/6/2011 9:08:50 AM , Rating: 1
They'll claim others did it first but "we did right" as usual too and try to make this seem revolutionary in some way. Sad thing is the iCult will swallow it hook, line, and sinker and wait in line to buy the damn things.

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