updated 05:15 pm EDT, Mon August 2, 2010
Mistake may back camera on second-gen tablet
A reference in documents for the iPad's enterprise management tools may back the presence of a camera in next-generation hardware, according to AppleInsider. In configuring an iPad, IT departments can choose to restrict a number of freedoms, such as Safari or iTunes access, or the amount of times a login can be tried before a unit wipes clean. Mentioned as one option in a PDF file is the ability to restrict camera use, even though that technology is currently missing.
While the reference could just be a mistake carried over from iPhone documentation, Apple is believed to be working on a camera for a second-generation iPad, or have even abandoned plans for putting a camera in first-generation models. Early parts showed space for a MacBook-style webcam. The feature carried over into final production units, suggesting that Apple was forced to scrap webcam plans at the last minute. Future iPads could in theory support FaceTime calls.