updated 03:45 pm EDT, Fri August 14, 2009
3G iPod Touch Prototype
(Updated with video) A prototype of a third-generation iPod touch has been spotted today courtesy of images sent by the satellite radio show Covino and Rich. The collection of shots by the Maxim-run program show an opened device that appears near-identical to the current model but with a camera at top center, matching numerous case leaks. It also shows a small hole next to the camera that likely represents a microphone for rumored movie recording.
In supporting its claims of authenticity, the radio station shows an Apple logic board with a 2009 copyright and a chrome back with none of the logos or legal notices that are present on every iPod.
It's uncertain if the prototype represents a near-finished example of the touchscreen player. Many companies, including Apple, often use "mule" examples that may not show every design trait or feature. It nonetheless supports rumors that have also involved an iPod nano with a probable photo-only camera and storage upgrades that should double capacities to 16GB, 32GB and 64GB without changing the price.