According to Engadget, the elusive 3rd generation iPod touch has been caught on video. The culprit: Flickr user covinoandrich whose iPhone 3GS shot the entire shaky video! Perfectly timed, it is one of the best tease rumour tie-ins I have yet seen, catching Apple’s pre-launch preparations in full stride. What is especially especial about this video is that its source is an American, not a Chinese manufacturer or factory worker.
So, is this tremulous video, an account of the actual next iPod touch? Or, is it just a nice hack job put together to trick audiences? I am for the former, and the latter. The reason(s)? Why a mutilated iPod? If it was real, it would be oh so much more news worthy if the device was in use rather than being tossed about half-dissected. As it is, it looks like the remains of the hacking job. Also, if the unit is a prototype, how in the hell have scratches already appeared on the unit? It took mine a half-year to develop its first signs of ageing. Then again, I keep it in an iPod Sock. On the other hand, it coincides with earlier rumours spread from Chinese case manufacturers which place the camera in the top centre.
If this video and related photos do indeed show new hardware, we have a lot and yet too little to look forward to. Sure there is a new camera and probably compass, video chipset (including hi-def), but the iPod looks exactly as it did at its second debut (with the addition of a cyclops eye).
Into rumours? We’ve got a small boatload here!