iPod touch camera modules failing?

iPod touch camera modules failing?

Summary: File this one squarely under "R" for rumor, but both AppleInsider and HardMac are reporting that a production problem with the new camera module could impact the first shipments of the brand-new third generation iPod touches to arrive stateside.HardMac reports:According to one of our reliable source (however, it remains a rumor), Apple is facing problems with the production of the new iPod Touch.

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Apple eventFile this one squarely under "R" for rumor, but both AppleInsider and HardMac are reporting that a production problem with the new camera module could impact the first shipments of the brand-new third generation iPod touches to arrive stateside.

HardMac reports:

According to one of our reliable source (however, it remains a rumor), Apple is facing problems with the production of the new iPod Touch. The issue would be linked to the new camera module. We did not get any further details, but the problem has been spotted in the first dozen of thousands units produced. Those units have been put aside.

Sources tell both sites that camera modules have been failing on the first units to arrive in the U.S. and that they are unsure whether the first batch of devices would make it past quality control and into the market.

It remains unclear how a delay like this would impact Wednesday's "It's only rock and roll" iPod event, but depending on severity, it could result in anything from a minor shipping delay to Apple bumping the camera-related iPods from the event altogether.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Apple camera problems

    The rumors are definitely true. Shipments are going to be delayed until
    after christmas, there is a bigger problem than with just the camera
    unfortunately. There will be a fresh new lineup of the ipod
    soupy2
    • Heard the Zune HD's OLED screen frequently fails after 100 hrs

      I read it on the internet so it must be true.

      Yea right. Funny the responses to this 5% rumor. I am sure Apple understand
      production and QA and I am sure the Zune HD is set to be fine.
      Bruizer
  • Made in China crap


    Top dollar product made in China by dirt-cheap suppliers and labor. I hope Apple sees more of these quality issues.

    croberts
    • Not so fast...

      I spent a great deal of time in 06-07 looking for a US supplier for a project we were working on at the time (it required precision aluminum welding, fabrication, and finishing). I refused to move the manufacturing off shore.

      What did I discover?

      1. The US cost was no less than ten times the cost to have the same parts fabricated in China. Labor was, by far, the largest component. At that level we could never compete with incumbents.

      2. Chinese quality was as good as, if not better than, stateside quality. We looked at samples from three of the best shops in the US and one arbitrarily selected shop in China. The weld quality and consistency, powder coating, anodization, fit, finish, and even the packaging of the Chinese part was excellent - besting 2 of the 3 American parts in our comparison. People are unaware of the massive investment in state-of-the-art facilities and skilled and unskilled labor in China over the past couple of decades.

      It's a shame I had to kill the project and eventually closed the business. The companies that came before mine laid the groundwork that has made it virtually impossible to compete with offshore production in most consumer segments. And consumers have voted with their wallets by insisting on, in most instances, the lowest possible retail prices.

      I am always amused when I read comments about Chinese "crap" and American "quality". It's simply not true any more....and has not been true for quite some time now. Perhaps people make such comments to mask the fact that their homes are filled with Chinese "crap". And instead of making such comments they should vote with their wallets and support goods manufactured in the US.

      Similarly, we should not complain about illegal immigrants in the US and at the same time purchase inexpensive dairy, meats and produce picked, packed and processed by them. There's a reason that a gallon of milk costs less than $3, and we know it isn't the cost of American labor.
      josephmartins
      • Hey, someone making some sense!

        Yes, sir. Just like you, I'm always amused by people who throw out their blanket China crap statements willy nilly.

        Funny how the same "Chinese crap" was good enough just a few years ago. in fact, it apparently still is, since people don't really want to pay for goods manufactured at exorbitant US labor rates.
        tikigawd
        • Not so fast


          ...I absolutely agree with both of you. But it is because American industry is in a death spiral.

          If all the shops close up and the talent disappears, that's exactly what you get.

          Although while I agree with your argument, I'm not sure it is something to be proud of.
          croberts
          • Not proud

            We're in a death spiral thanks to strategies placed by our government... back in the 80s.
            After we stopped being the #1 manufacturer of goods and made our economy more dependent on pure consumption, making real estate and stocks surefire wealth machines (as long as the machine was well greased) we set ourselves up for this.

            As companies started cutting costs by cutting wages 3 decades ago low-cost labor was no longer possible here.

            That is the current situation, but people don't really understand it. They just think being patriotic and demanding stuff made in the USA will solve all problems. They don't realize that demand for home-made goods will cost them, and they are not really willing to pay for that increased cost.
            tikigawd
  • Hmm

    If it gets bumped, it could get interesting with the released of the ZuneHD next Tues... But again, Apple feels the heat and trying to release something earlier than their competitor has come back to bite them.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: iPod touch camera modules failing?

    I like how apple says their products are superior quality... but use standard off the shelf parts... and cheap labour...

    dave@...
    • RE: quality

      [i]I like how apple says their products are superior quality... but use
      standard off the shelf parts... and cheap labour...[/i]

      ...because build quality means nothing and the rock-solid stability of
      my flimsy plastic Dell Latitude that can't take the limited pressure
      from resting your palms on is every bit as desirable as the all-
      aluminum construction of a MacBook Pro (or any other 'premium' built
      laptop.) Panasonic Toughbooks are also made with the same
      "standard off the shelf parts and cheap [labor]" as well, but are you
      saying they aren't a higher quality than a $400 Compaq?

      The source of the parts and the source of the labor is by no means an
      indication of the end quality. It's the details.
      JakAttak
  • !

    Wow, just like the phones.
    The 'G-Man.'
  • RE: iPod touch camera modules failing?

    I'm surprised they're going ahead with the iPod touch
    camera; it serves only to blur the distinction between
    that and the iPhone; the only difference would be the
    actual phone part (which some people say isn't that great
    anyway.

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    lovemagic
  • RE: iPod touch camera modules failing?

    This is just a rumor started by MS Zune HD fanboys so that a
    few more Zune HD devices might get sold when they go on
    sale. In total, this rumor might help to bring Zune HD sales
    up to 1000 units by the end of the year.
    ConstableOdo
  • RE: iPod touch camera modules failing?

    Camera modules failing...blah, blah, blah. The simple fact is that the Touch didn't get a camera because Apple is getting lazy. They're the market leader in every portable music player category so why should they innovate unless they have to. Kinda sad that Apple is acting more like Microsoft these days. Guess that's what happens when you're beholden to Wall Street - your customers become second-fiddle. They also want people to buy iPhones rather than iPod Touches since profit margins are higher, pure greed.

    They just lost my $400, I'm getting a Zune HD.
    ZDnet Reader 43