A couple of different outlets have confirmed that Apple’s new iPod touch doesn’t have an ambient light sensor. This means no auto-brightness, which is a feature iOS users have been accustomed to on every device since the platform’s launch.
I found this out the hard way. Typically, I keep my device brightness at low levels while indoors but still use auto-brightness, mainly to save on battery life. So when I went for the mail this past Saturday while reading an article on the new iPod, the screen quickly became unreadable when I stepped outside. I figured I either didn’t have the auto-brightness setting on or it wasn’t working — actually, that was my first thought: The sensor was broken. Unfortunately, since I couldn’t read the screen, it was impossible to even find the Settings icon.
After getting the mail and coming back inside, I went into the Settings and noticed this: No auto-brightness setting, just a manual slider.
- Kevin C. Tofel, new iPod touch owner
We should’ve known the new iPod didn’t have an ambient light sensor, since there is only one black dot (the FaceTime camera) above the display. Though, it seems that nobody really noticed until they started getting their new iPods in the mail and tinkering with the settings. This only makes Apple’s refusal to put a brightness slider in the multitasking tray of smaller iOS devices more frustrating. Why do I need a volume slider when I have volume buttons already, and a volume slider in every app that plays video / audio? At least let the user choose whether they want a brightness or volume slider.
I was considering getting an LG Nexus and an iPod touch so I could ditch my iPhone 4, but now I’m rethinking it! Anyone else having second thoughts about the new iPod touch because of this feature?