iPod Nano camera

Could the iPod Nano 7th Generation with a camera we saw in pictures this morning be heading to stores as soon as next month? According to at least one report it might.

Earlier today we brought you pictures of a reported 7th generation iPod Nano with a 1.3 megapixel camera.  Not much was known about this device at that time, other than it existed at least in a prototype form.  We had no clue as to if it would be going into production, let alone when it might be released, but it's amazing what a few more hours bringing you in the way of information.

M.I.C. Gadget is reporting that the iPod Nano shown in the images is actually a prototype from two months ago, and at this stage in development Apple has been fighting with the problem of overexposed photos.  While the user interface for taking photos is supposedly finished, the images have been turning out less than stellar, and of course that is considered unacceptable by Apple.

While it's easy to assume that not many people are shocked by the idea that a camera this small might have imaging problems, the truly interesting part of the report is where they say that if the issues can be corrected in time, this iPod Nano could be released either late in the first quarter or some time in the second quarter of this year.  The reason this grabs one's attention is that it is completely outside of the established September-October release dates that the iPods have followed for the past several years.

This past iPod update was by far the most lackluster in some time as we saw no real hardware updates, and it was completely overshadowed by the iPhone release having moved from the usual spot in June to share the stage with the music players in October.  Could this be a signal that the iPods are moving to a different slot in Apple's update cycles?  March has been the most popular rumored date for the iPad 3, so one has to wonder why the company would move the iPods from sharing the stage with another device to where it would have to share once again with another.  Wouldn't it make more sense to move it to a time where it could once again stand on its own?

Only time will tell how this works out, but it seems a little more likely now that the iPod Nano will indeed be receiving a camera at some point in the not so distant future.

[via M.I.C. Gadget]