updated 08:35 am EDT, Thu August 27, 2009
iPod classic Camera Leak
Apple's widely expected camera-equipped iPods could include the iPod classic as well as the already suspected iPod nano and iPod touch, market contacts claimed Thursday. OmniVision, which supplies iPhone 3GS cameras, is reported by DigiTimes as having been picked by Apple to also supply 3.2-megapixel cameras for all three of its iPods with screens, including the hard drive-based classic. All three iPods are also slated for September, coinciding with talk of a September 9th event, and are therefore likely to ship on or shortly after their unveiling.
How the camera system will work is unknown. It's suspected that only the iPod touch will have video recording features due to both its touchscreen and the fast processor, but all should at least have the option of taking photos.
A deal of the scope would give OmniVision a virtual monopoly on Apple's camera needs and, according to the sources, would have it ship 18 million cameras to the iPod creator every quarter. Apple wouldn't be the exclusive partner but would very likely be OmniVision's best customer given the scale of the orders.