Steve Jobs Explains iPod touch’s Lack of Camera

Apple CEO Steve Jobs explains why the new iPod touch, released at today’s Rock n’ Roll event, did not have a camera, while the iPod nano did. Check out the NYTimes article for the full story along with a variety of other questions related to today’s event.

Q. You put a camcorder on the iPod Nano. Why not on the iPod Touch?

A. Originally, we weren’t exactly sure how to market the Touch. Was it an iPhone without the phone? Was it a pocket computer? What happened was, what customers told us was, they started to see it as a game machine. Because a lot of the games were free on the store. Customers started to tell us, “You don’t know what you’ve got here – it’s a great game machine, with the multitouch screen, the accelerometer, and so on.”

We started to market it that way, and it just took off. And now what we really see is it’s the lowest-cost way to the App Store, and that’s the big draw. So what we were focused on is just reducing the price to $199. We don’t need to add new stuff – we need to get the price down where everyone can afford it.

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