Camera in Next iPad

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The first gen iPad is still wet behind the ears and there is loads of chat about a Camera in next iPad. Will there be front-facing iSight camera a camera iPad 2, because of the talk of moderators, chat rooms, encrypted video conferences in the iPhone OS4.0 that developers are working with now? There is more fun to be had with making up rumours  about ipad 2 cameras or at the very least speculating about what iPad cameras might come to pass.

There is an ambient light sensor in the present iPad and some think that, that is where Apple will stuff in the front-facing iSight ipad 2 camera in the second generation. In the last interview from Amazing iPad David was telling me that he reckons the iPad needs a camera for some of the things that you would think you could do with the device.

I think it is still a bit of a mystery why there should be a video camera put in the iPod Nano and not in the iPod Touch. Seems that it is probably only a matter of time before the iPod gets a Camera. Another possibility, is the already proven concept by third-party app developers, would be an official Apple webcam accessory. being able to wirelessly add a camera to the iPad which could easily be attached directly to the device. There are apps that already make this possible including Camera-A and Camera for iPad, which link up your iPhone camera for use on the iPad via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. A pretty cool idea really.

One of the things that point to there being a camera in the next model would be that 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple Are advertising a job that could be a definite indication of Apple intentions regarding shooting still images and video from the iPad. I still think there should have been a camera iPad 1, but I suppose there has to be room to upgrade and grow.

The Media Systems team is looking for a software quality engineer with a strong technical background to test still, video and audio capture and playback frameworks. Build on your QA experience and knowledge of digital camera technology (still and video) to develop and maintain testing frameworks for both capture and playback pipelines…Experience with tuning of and image pipeline, including, but not limited to AWB, Colour Correction, AutoExposure, FrameRate adjustments is a plus.

So now all we have to do is to gossip about whether we believe it will be a forward or rear facing camera or one of each in the second generation iPad. What do you think is most likely for a camera iPad version 2? Did Apple mess up by not having an iPad 1 camera?

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