Is This What the Next-Gen iPod Will Look Like?

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about Apple’s alleged plans to add an iPhone-like camera to its next-generation iPods, and now iLounge has posted its rendition of what the 5th generation iPod might look like. The “artist’s rendition” is based on rumors, gossip, and other scuttlebutt culled by the site’s editors, and it’s probably a pretty good take of what the 5th-gen iPod nano may look like -- assuming iLounge’s sources are accurate. Here it is:

At first glance, the imaginary next-gen iPod (above) looks pretty much the same as its predecessor (below), except for the wider screen ratio that stretches to 1.5:1 from 1:33:1. The Click Wheel is slightly smaller and positioned a bit lower on the nano’s body, and a digital camera is placed at a seemingly awkward spot on the nano’s backside.

While iLounge’s mockup iPod is impressive, the camera placement does seem out of whack. Still, the marriage of iPod and digital camera is likely. Recent reports have Apple buying 3- and 5-megapixel camera CCDs from Omnivision for its embedded devices, and many sources expect to see a camera-equipped iPod later this year.

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