Report: Apple Developing iPad Rev with Camera/FaceTime

| Rumor

Apple is in the advance testing stage of a rev for the iPad that includes a front-facing camera and support for FaceTime, according to a report from AppleInsider. The company is planning on releasing the device as early as the 1st quarter of 2011, a more aggressive schedule than the yearly update schedule for other iOS devices, and there are some execs in Cupertino who want to release the new version in time for the Holiday shopping season this year.

The site didn’t name names, but said its source has a “proven knowledge” with Apple’s future product plans. Apple announced the iPad in late January of 2010 and shipped it on April 23rd. For the iPod and iPhone product lines, Apple has typically held to a once-a-year upgrade cycle. A revision of the iPad in even the first quarter of 2011, let alone late in the 4th quarter of 2010, would represent a markedly accelerated product cycle.

The reason for that acceleration, according to AppleInsider, is the desire to get FaceTime on the iPad line so that all iOS devices can support the standard ahead of Apple’s announced move to release FaceTime as an open standard.

Apple has only rarely introduced product upgrades late in the calendar year. For instance, the company often announces updates to the iPod line in the month of September, updates that then start shipping in time for the holiday shopping season that revs up in late November.

For instance, Apple updated the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle during a media event on September 1st. The company also announced that iOS 4.2 would be released for iPad in November, but it did not use the event to announce a new iPad.

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Comments

rtamesis

I wish Apple would allow the iPad Camera Connection kit to support Facetime on the original iPad.

vasic

I believe the iPad Camera Connection Kit only allows transfer of files from camera’s card, and not webcam functionality. Most digital cameras don’t support such a functionality anyway. So, no, it likely won’t happen with that camera kit.

MOSiX Man

What I really want to see, and many others have said the same, is an iPad with a Retina Display?. Adding a front facing camera and FaceTime? would make the iPad considerably cooler than it is now. If they also add a ‘regular’ camera, of the same caliber as the one in the iPhone 4, the iPad would instantly become the most awesome product that Apple has ever released. I think it would take Apple quite a while longer to ramp up production of that iPad, to meet demand, than it has with the current one.

I strongly suspect that a camera will be added to the iPad in the not-too-distant future. The camera-connection kit seems like a kludgy stop-gap measure and was probably created because the iPad with camera probably wasn’t ready for introduction in January.

csimmons

What I really want to see, and many others have said the same, is an iPad with a Retina Display?. Adding a front facing camera and FaceTime? would make the iPad considerably cooler than it is now. If they also add a ?regular? camera, of the same caliber as the one in the iPhone 4, the iPad would instantly become the most awesome product that Apple has ever released. I think it would take Apple quite a while longer to ramp up production of that iPad, to meet demand, than it has with the current one.

I strongly suspect that a camera will be added to the iPad in the not-too-distant future. The camera-connection kit seems like a kludgy stop-gap measure and was probably created because the iPad with camera probably wasn?t ready for introduction in January.

Umm…the Camera Connection Kit is just a 30-pin connector to USB adapter. But you knew that, right? Right??

rtamesis

I still hope that IOS 4.2 will allow Facetime using a video camera or webcam connected to the iPad using that Camera Connection Kit. I suspect it is only a matter of adding the right drivers into the OS in order to allow that to happen.

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