Many today were surprised that the iPod Nano, of all devices, received a fresh new video camera while the iPod Touch did not. Even more interesting is the fact that the Nano can only take video, and lacks any ability to take still photos. To get to the bottom of this conundrum, David Pogue of the NY Times sat down with Jobs asked him about it.
Jobs responded, saying:
The sensors for doing video are fairly thin. The sensors for doing a still camera, at much higher pixel resolution — and we’d really like to have autofocus — they are just way too thick to ever fit inside the Nano.
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.