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  (Source: crunchgear.com)

  (Source: crunchgear.com)

  (Source: crunchgear.com)
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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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.


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