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NewsPoster Oct 16, 2012 11:58 AM
Schiller e-mail: iPod touch "too thin" for light sensor
Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, has reportedly responded to a customer inquiry regarding the lack of an ambient light sensor in the <A href="http://macnn.com/rd/270293==http://www.ipodnn.com/articles/12/10/09/fate.of.new.ipod.nano.still.unknown/">fifth-generation iPod touch</a>. Surprised by the lack of auto-brightness setting for the new Touch, Raghid Harake asked for further explanation. Schiller allegedly replied, noting that the fifth-generation devices lacks an ambient light sensor and explaining that "it's just too thin!"<br><br><em>MacNN</em> cannot verify the authenticity of the e-mail, which was <A href="http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/10/16/purported-email-from-phil-schiller-explains-lack-of-ambient-light-sensor-in-5th-gen-ipod-touch/">published</a> by <em>iDownloadBlog</em>, though the concise response does appear to match the occasional e-mail from Apple executives to customers.

Like its predecessors, the new iPod touch carries many of the same features as the iPhone, including a four-inch Retina display, three-axis gyro, accelerometer and dual cameras. The ambient light sensor was omitted from the latest design, despite its presence in each of the previous models.

The fifth-generation Touch is approximately 1mm thinner than the fourth-generation model, and approximately 1.5mm thinner than the iPhone 5. Aside from the ambient light sensor, the Touch also lacks the iPhone's cellular connectivity hardware and a proximity sensor to disable the touchscreen when the device is held against a user's face.

Apple has yet to make an official statement explaining the hardware change. Despite the common specs between the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation Touch, a recent teardown suggests Apple chose cheaper components, such as the display panel, to shave costs from the flagship iPod.
 
Titanium Man Oct 16, 2012 06:28 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by NewsPoster (Post 4196389)
Aside from the ambient light sensor, the Touch also lacks the iPhone's cellular connectivity hardware and a proximity sensor to disable the touchscreen when the device is held against a user's face.
It also lacks GPS.
 
mytdave Oct 18, 2012 06:50 AM
Apple's obsession with thinness is past the point of ridiculous. Just add 1mm back to the device and put the damn sensor back in there. Ugh!

Sacrifice 1mm and you can also have an even longer lasting battery in addition to the missing sensor... Grrrr.
 
shivmodi Jun 4, 2013 04:02 AM
how much thin?
 
Spheric Harlot Jun 4, 2013 07:52 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by shivmodi (Post 4233229)
how much thin?
Eight tons and a smidgen.
 
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