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    Yet again, Apple has failed at keeping their prototypes confidential.
    Initially, anything said about any Apple product still in the development stage would never leave Apple until Steve Jobs himself would present it.
    What started out appearing as an innocent mistake looks more and more like a campaign to stir up the iPod discussions.

    Since the first iPhone 4 prototype was exposed and remotely killed several months before the initial release, a second iPhone 4 prototype was leaked as well.
    Not to mention how a video showcasing an iPod Touch running SwitchBoard, an iPhone OS development firmware, was leaked and spread on the internet just moments after the iPhone 4 prototype was leaked.
    The iPod was later found for sale on eBay along with another iPod Touch equipped with a camera, although there is reason to believe the devices never were sold due to Apple interfering in the sale.


    As of August 5th, a third camera equipped iPod Touch has surfaced on eBay.
    At the writing moment, the highest bid is at a staggering $3,150 USD.

    Here are some words from the seller:
    this is the ipod touch that is coming soon with camera, so that's why you have never seen before and there is just very ligth signs of wear on the back but the otherwise the ipod is in perfect working

    Hopefully, this means we'll see a 5 megapixel camera on the iPod Touch soon, possibly bringing iMovie along with it.


    Update
    It seems as the camera is currently labeled non-functioning. The seller claims it needs a software update to work. As this may sound like the seller is successfully pulling off a scam, there is nothing suggesting a potential software update with support for the camera wouldn't work.

    In excelent condition with a very few signs of use in the back and the front almost brand new and the most exciting thing is the camera !!! that is just waiting for the software from apple that is going to be relased very soon to work.
    Last edited by Psyko; 08-07-2010 at 12:20 AM. Reason: Added Update

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    Good read! If anyone is stupid enough to buy a standard iPod Touch with a non-working camera for over $3k, they have too much money on their hands.

    I call it a fake too, since the camera doesn't work. A owner could have just made a modification to the device (even though it might be hard to do, he probably thought some Apple fanatic would buy it if he advertised it as the next iPod Touch iteration.)

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    I see it as a Work | Monetary gain ratio.
    Can't be that hard to crack open an iPod and throw in a camera housing from some gutted iPhone. Energy wasted: None. Profit: Massive.


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    I'm not sure what to think if this. It looks fake, but at the same time you can't exactly come to any conclusions yet. It does seem stupid that someone would be able to get their hands on a prototype for a new iPod touch without getting access to a new firmware to enable all the hardware functions. Even if it isn't fake, shouldn't there be a hack on Cydia or something to enable or "hacktivate" the camera as if it were running on an iPhone?




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    Quote Originally Posted by SpotterMan View Post
    I'm not sure what to think if this. It looks fake, but at the same time you can't exactly come to any conclusions yet. It does seem stupid that someone would be able to get their hands on a prototype for a new iPod touch without getting access to a new firmware to enable all the hardware functions. Even if it isn't fake, shouldn't there be a hack on Cydia or something to enable or "hacktivate" the camera as if it were running on an iPhone?
    Easier said than done. If the camera is real, connected and "working", the drivers sufficient for this device might be changed once the real device is out. That means that either somebody (most likely yourself) would have to code the drivers for the device, which would lead to a lot of debugging and stuff, or you could stay away from buying this thing and buy the real iPod touch with a camera. (Damn sure it's coming, seeing how there have been case leaks, pictures and eBay sells everywhere)

    The fact that it doesn't have the software required to use the camera in the first place is probably the most interesting one.
    If this is a prototype, how would Apple be testing the camera without the software?


 

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