A major UK retailer has hinted the next generation iPod Touch could boast HD video capture plus a front facing camera, making the iPhone's FaceTime video-chatting feature possible.
According to John Lewis, the iPod touch will include a 5MP flash-enabled camera with the ability to shoot HD videos, much like its popular iPhone peer, ElectricPig reported.
At its Xmas in July event, the retailer reportedly said the new spec details came from whispers from its suppliers and will no doubt excite Apple fans, who may also be hoping the new iPod shares the iPhone 4's impressive Retina display too.
It seems likely the next iPod Touch will also have a front-facing camera, reportedly allowing users to use FaceTime, making free calls via Wi-Fi to other iPhone 4 or new iPod owners.
The retailer's claims have been strengthened when alleged parts of Apple's new device popped up on the web. Two parts which are claimed to be from the fourth generation iPod Touch are listed on a B2B trading platform, including an outside panel and screen. Another seller also shows the casing, with a hole above the screen, again hinting at a front-facing camera allowing FaceTime video chats...if it is really a part from Apple's new product.
John Lewis also reportedly said the iPod's gaming power will be boosted by the addition of an accelerometer and gyroscope allowing for more sensitive and complex games, again borrowing technology from the iPhone 4.
However, iPod fans desperate to get their mitts on the next model will have to wait until September, when the annual iPod refresh is scheduled, to see if the rumours prove true.