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iPad SDK references front-facing camera, video conferencing

updated 11:40 pm EST, Tue February 23, 2010

Controls spotted for zoom, flash

Following the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 3 release earlier on Tuesday, developers have already spotted code that references several camera features. Apple has yet to confirm any camera equipment on the iPad, however its SDK allegedly tests for three different camera characteristics that have not been found in the iPhone version of the developers kit.

Spotted APIs include tests for a front-facing camera, zoom, and camera flash, according to MacRumors. The new code has fueled speculation that the iPad will integrate cameras, potentially in an updated version or a higher-end model.

While the zoom and flash APIs point to the possibility of a camera on the iPad housing, the front-facing code suggests the device might integrate a second camera underneath the glass panel. Delving into the SDK also uncovered several large buttons that appear to accept or decline a video conferencing request.

A repair company recently showed an iPad frame which appeared to include a cutout for the same camera module used in many MacBooks. Further evidence arrived shortly thereafter, as an Apple job listing sought a QA engineer to test still and video camera capture in the iPad Media division. Video chat APIs were already spotted in the earlier iPhone 3.2 SDK beta, although the size of the icons in the recent find suggests the feature is geared for the iPad.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Camera obvious...

    A front-facing camera is such an obvious component of what an iPad needs to be we can assume that a camera will exist. I would hope v1, but certainly v2.

  1. PatriSolo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Listen up Steve

    Add a front facing camera and I'm all in!!!!!!! 64 GB Wi-Fi.


  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Market research

    I'm sure Apple knows its business, but if they promoted a front-facing camera with video capabilities I'd buy 5-7 of those right now, for family, rather than the 1 I was planning to get for myself.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Since this is an iPhone SDK, isn't it just as likely that the flash could be on an iPod or iPhone.

    In fact, of anything, a flash would be more likely for the iPhone/iPod since the back-facing camera would actually use it.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is playing dirty...

    if they're going to add cameras on version 2 iPads. I don't see why they wouldn't have put them in version 1 iPads if that's the case. I'm sure the room is there. I guess it's the standard "let's leave some features off so we can sell the next model."

    So somebody wants to buy 5-7 of those tablets. Considering the rumors I've heard about nobody will buy the iPad, I guess all the sales will be going to just one person. I'm curious to see who will be buying the iPad after the diehard Apple fans shoot their load. Will there be switchers from Microsoft Windows or a completely new group of people that don't even own computers?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: playing dirty

    How is it 'playing dirty' by not offering an option they never said they were offering? Remember this is the iPhone OS SDK. That's all it is, so it could apply to anything.

    As to the somebody buying 5-7, that was only if it had a forward facing camera (because his family apparently wants to video conference with each other - must be one of those odd familys).

    And iPads won't be going to a 'new group without computers', since you can't really use it without a computer (and even if you can, you have to find a computer to allow you to initially set it up).

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