Yesterday we reported that the iPod touch was lacking an ambient light sensor, the sensor that automatically adjusts your iPod’s screen brightness. And while this sensor was found in all other iterations of the iPod touch, Apple mysteriously decided to remove it in the latest iteration, which started arriving on customers’ doorsteps last week.
While some customers could care less about the lack of an ambient light censor, some were pretty ticked off. In fact, Apple Insider reports that one customer decided to take matters into his own hands and shoot an email off to Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of World Marketing, regarding the issue. Apparently this customer got a response back, though we cannot confirm if it’s legitimate or not. Schiller reportedly said the following:[quote]Thank you for purchasing a new iPod touch. It is a remarkable device! The 5th generation iPod touch does not have a built-in automatic light sensor (it’s just too thin!)[/quote]
I find the answer to be pretty believable as Apple has made sacrifices in the past to make their devices smaller. The iPod touch is by far the thinnest device Apple sells even though it packs a pretty powerful punch. In order for Apple to fill the iPod touch with a supreme CPU, screen and camera, they had to get rid of some of the bulk.
Source: Apple Insider