Apple rumored to have selected camera supplier for iPad 2
Digitimes are running an interesting iPad 2 rumor, this time claiming that Apple has another camera component manufacturer in place for the next iteration of the iPad. A few weeks ago we heard that PC Board manufacturers had been appointed. Now Digitimes claim rumors point to Largan Precision being the sole supplier for the camera lens. Largan Precision currently supplies a lens for the iPhone 4.
At this stage, we do not know anything definite about the next generation iPad. It is widely expected to have at least one camera on board. This will more than likely be a front facing camera to enable FaceTime; who would bet against Apple providing both front and rear cameras for augmented reality applications as well as normal camera functionality.
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I have thought though, as it sits in the dock on my desk. 'damn, FaceTime on this thing would be pretty badass and sci-fi. Although of course it's sitting on my desk, I have a mac with an iSight right there in front of me rendering it somewhat useless.
Can you imagine the camera shake holding up an iPad to take pictures? One handed of course because Steve hates hardware camera controls. Blurtastic! Unless the carbon fibre rumours are true of course, less weight would mean less shake.
They'd probably much rather prefer to whip out their iPhone and use its camera (I know I would).
RAM, processor and screen resolution upgrades are going to be the must-have upgrades.
Do you have an iPad? If so hold it up and try imagining taking a picture of it
Sure I wouldn't use it to take actual pics, but I'd sure use it for FaceTime - I use the camera switch option on my iPhone loads while video calling.
With a 3D capable retina display, it would absolutely blow away anything any other "iPad killer" might have in the works. Just the kind of shock and awe Apple likes to deliver.
iPad 3D could be a higher-priced version, since it would essentially need 2 screens, I think.
@maniacfIve Hold the iPad with both hands in landscape mode. Notice where your thumbs are? You think some on-screen controls could be placed there? Might even lead to better pictures than holding a phone with one hand.
It definitely needs a front-facing camera and more RAM. What's surprising is how small the list of must-haves is. Sure, a nicer screen or smaller form factor would be nice, but there are very few glaring omissions on the iPad (other than the glaring omission of the front-facing camera).
What the iPad needs most is NOT hardware, it's better software. Right now there is no easy way to simply save documents on the iPad itself (you have to synch with a laptop that has DocsToGo etc. or use iBooks for PDF and other awkward workarounds), or to simply take a Word or Excel document saved on the iPad and email it as an attachment, etc. Right now the iPad needs some basic functionality like that, let the developers come up with a wider range of apps, and then you will have all the enterprise users on board and increase market penetration even further.
Camera is to only take pictures NO It's for applications also like you mentioned.
One shall suffice, thank you!
but like people have said .. i wouldn't be surprised if it had a forward facing camera, however, for showing people things using facetime and for UPC/Q code and document "scanning".
maybe on iPad 3 or 4 tho, when the component costs have dropped to the point where a camera on the back is just trivial to add.
I Visited a site which it had promotes cameras supplier for sales through all over the world