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.