iPod Video Around the Corner?

iPod-VideoA rumour is out and about today indicating that iPod’s might be getting embedded video cameras built in. TechCrunch report that a huge order of cheap $10 cameras have been ordered by Apple. Apple are expected to sell 20 million iPhones this year and about 3+ Million iPods/month. If Apple were to include cameras on their range of iPod’s then that 3+ Million per month would give the low end video market a run for it’s money.

The cameras ordered match those found in the iPhone and because of the sheer volume of the order it would appear that Apple are thinking beyond the iPhone.

Putting a camera in the iPod touch, which uses the same operating system as the iPhone, is a logical next step for Apple. But the order size is supposedly so large that some people in Taiwan are speculating that Apple may be planning to put cameras in the lower end of the iPod line, too. ‘Everything but the Shuffle may have a camera in it soon, says our source.

We don’t have even close to enough information to speculate that the Nano and Classic iPods could be video-ready anytime soon. But I could easily see these lower end iPods include the camera just for taking pictures. Apple never turned video on in the iPhone 3G, but lots of people were using it via unlaunched apps from Qik, Ustream and others anyway. They could be planning the same thing for the Nano.

I have always liked seeing devices converge in to 1 and Apple bringing video to iPods (if that’s what they are intending to do) would really shake things up.

When we hear more on this we will let you know.

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