Deja Vu: Apple Rumored to be Producing iPod Touch with Facetime

It’s July 9th, but it’s just a few weeks from the annual September Apple iPod event, when all the new goodies are announced to the world. So what’s the big announcement this year? According to CNet, a FaceTime-capable iPod Touch. Hmm … Sounds familiar.

Rob Hennessy, the audio and telecom buyer for U.K. retail giant John Lewis, said this week at a company event focused on the holiday-shopping season that the updated iPod Touch will be aimed at teens and kids.

Several U.K. tech blogs reported Hennessy as saying that the next iPod Touch will mimic the iPhone 4 by including a 5-megapixel camera, a flash, HD video recording, and a gyroscope. He also reportedly said that new iPod Touch will include FaceTime, Apple’s new video-calling feature.

A John Lewis spokeswoman confirmed to CNET on Thursday that Hennessy made the remarks, though she added that Hennessy was “speculating” about the device. The spokeswoman added that Apple has not contacted John Lewis directly or discussed any new version of the device.

Translation: This is all speculation and conjecture, and we have no hard facts. to back this up.

That doesn’t mean that it’s not happening, however. The iPod Touch is an iPhone minus the cell phone portion. That means there’s enough room for a front and rear facing camera, no sweat. Plus there’s already Wi-Fi in the thing, so that’s not an issue either. Really, the cameras are the only thing stopping it from becoming a FaceTime machine.

Guess we’ll find out in September.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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