iPad Camera Rumor Just Won’t Die

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One of the biggest disappointments for some consumers about the iPad introduction was that Steve Jobs didn't say it included a built-in camera. Thanks to the magic of rumors, however, that hope now lives on.

It seems many people have been scrutinizing Apple's medie event video for clues and hints for unannounced features, and some are now saying the iPad Steve Jobs held on stage included a built-in camera. You can see the alleged camera sighting at about 1 hour 23 minutes into the presentation, according to Cult of Mac.

Doing its part to add to the iPad camera rumors, Mission:Repair, a company that specializes in repairing Apple products, claims it has iPad frames in stock, and they include a place for the same iSight camera used in Apple's laptop computers.

"Upon opening them up and getting our hands on some of these rare items, we immediately noticed what appears to be a 'spot' for a camera within the iPad frame," the company said on its blog. "We pulled a camera from a Unibody MacBook. Just a standard camera unit that we see everyday. Guess what, it fits right in there."

Finding a space that fits an iSight camera in the frame doesn't necessarily mean Apple is planning on surprising users by including a camera in the iPad when it ships. It could be a planned upgrade for second generation models, or the space could be there so Apple has the option of including a camera in future models without having to redesign the internal frame.

For now, the alleged sighting in Apple's video and the space in the iPad frame piece will be plenty to keep the iPad camera rumors alive until the device ships in March.

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Jeff Gamet

I’m not buying into the idea that the iPad will ship with a camera. It seems like holding an iPad for video conferences would be awkward, and it sure looks cumbersome for snapping photos.


With the stand video conferences would not be awkward. As far as snapping photos, that’s not an issue with the cameras in MacBooks.

At first I thought it was an omission, dare I say it a Deal Breaker. After thinking about it for a few days I don’t think I’ll miss a camera.


Camera would be nice, but certainly not deal breaker…. We’re going to buy a first gen iPad and if we like it, when the second gen comes out, we’ll buy another one so both of us can use one in bed to read and surf the web at the same time.


The thing is, Skype.  No camera means no video skype and that would be a problem for a good no. of people.  Certainly it doesn’t need a still camera!  It means, for example, that I wouldn’t buy my daughter an iPad for graduating from grad school, though her laptop needs replacing and an iPad would otherwise fit the bill.


Personally I’d rather have a camera that attaches to the iPad. One that would be adjustable instead of an embedded camera that you have to move the whole unit to focus on something.


her laptop needs replacing and an iPad would otherwise fit the bill.

I’m not convinced the iPad is a replacement for a laptop - or even an alternative to a netbook.
How viable is an iPad as your only (computing) device? What about printing?
Is syncing with iTunes (on a PC or Mac) essential, desirable or unnecessary?
Can the iPad do everything you currently do on your laptop (albeit differently - and in some cases - better!)?

Perhaps once setup with a MobileMe account it would be possible. I don’t know.

I’d hate to buy one with the intention of using it exclusively only to discover all the limitations are really deal breakers, and it’s not just missing a camera for Skype.


Maybe a thousand or so people say something like “it’s garbage,” “it’s not what I expected/wanted”, “it will fail,” etc. But if hundreds of thousands buy the 1st iteration of iPad, even without camera, etc, isn’t that success? Will those bemoaning the iPad’s “failings,” who now find themselves oddly aligned with Dvorak, soften their stance? Or change their mind when printing and other “issues” get worked out? And what if a camera could be attached to the docking port, and swiveled for either taking photos or video conferencing?

Negativity and getting stuck in “being right” are rampant on the planet now, on many issues, not just iPad. Can we all just breathe? And try to be a bit more gentle with ourselves and others? The iPad didn’t match my expectations either, but I’m willing to give it a chance, even for a first generation because, I won’t have to sit at this damn desk to read, listen, and connect to the web. If a better model comes out, chances are this 1st model will be easily sold. So I, a power user, may get one, and I won’t blow a gasket if my elder relatives want one. Of course, OS X laptops will still be available to buy.


It would need two cameras to live up to everyone’s demands.  One facing the user for video conference, etc, and one facing the back for photos and video.  It would be silly trying to take photos with a front facing camera!  I don’t think people have thought it through.  My guess, when it does get the camera upgrade, it will only be a front facing one, and people will raise hell.  Then it will still be a huge success and very useful device.

Personally, I carry around a small Cannon all day and couldn’t care less about video conferencing. The iPad is a hit for me smile

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