It's always fun to speculate ahead of Apple's September revelations and veteran Apple watchers are predicting that the forth-coming updated iPod Touch will finally have the ability to shoot stills and video.
Still, should it actually materialize, this long-awaited much-requested feature is sure to be a crowd-pleasing one. I've heard that Steve Jobs wondered why anyone would want a camera in a music and gaming device. Of course, I'm not sure that he really said that, but for sure, I have always thought to myself "um, who wouldn't?!" And I've always been both surprised and disappointed that the iPod Touch didn't have a camera. It's one of the reasons why iPhoneless me has never bought one.
Sure I have a 3rd generation iPod which now sits on the shelf in favour of my 8-gig Microsoft Zune (which I actually won at a timely moment). My old iPod only plays music, while the Zune plays both music and movies (on a tiny screen). Maybe because I'm a big Pocket PC - excuse me, Windows Mobile - fan I was expecting a bit more from an iPod Touch than the ability to listen to music (which I do) and play games (which I don't, except for backgammon).
Basically, I wanted to 'graduate' to a very robust device, and that included the ability to at least snap stills, as well as listen to music, read books and watch movies (don't get me started on not being able to play divx files without converting them). I wasn't in the market for a Smartphone which is why I didn't consider an iPhone. I also liked the idea that I could use Skype via wifi on the Touch, well for text and voice anyway, not for video calls.
Then came the iPhone 4, and antenna problems aside, what REALLY caught my eye was its souped up camera systems which improved on its popular standard ability to shoot stills by ramping up to an impressive HD video shooting capability. As a freelance multimedia journalist, that made my heart beat a little faster. Why can't the new Touch be a phoneless iPhone I lamented to myself. Now it looks like it just might be.
We'll know in a few days.