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iOS 4.3 code suggests iPod touch-level cameras on next iPad

updated 09:30 am EST, Fri January 21, 2011

Conflicts with reports of 5 megapixel model

The second-generation iPad may use cameras closer to those on the fourth-generation iPod touch than those on the iPhone 4, code in the iOS 4.3 beta is said to imply. Within an AVCaptureSession PLIST file is a string referring to a "Back Facing 1MP Photo." The front-facing camera is listed as using VGA resolution, in keeping with both the iPhone and the Touch.

The PLIST file is within a folder called "K94," which 9to5Mac sources say is the codename for the second-generation iPad. A K95 folder is also noted to exist, but what that device might be is uncertain. It's speculated that it could simply be a different model, such as a 3G or dual-band edition.

If the code reflects the final specifications of the iPad's cameras, it conflicts with earlier predictions that the rear unit will have 5 megapixels like the iPhone 4. The iPad's 10-inch size makes it impractical for normal photography, however, and so a rear camera may be more useful for augmented reality apps or capturing data. The Touch's camera is rated at just 0.7 megapixels, giving it a maximum resolution of 960x720.

by MacNN Staff





  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ugh. I guess for all practical intent and purpose

    an iPhone-class camera really isn't necessary. I doubt that many users would be running around shooting videos and taking photos with an iPad. A 7" tablet I could see being used as a camera, but not a 9.7" or 10" tablet. I'd only want a camera for augmented reality and reading bar codes. That's sufficient enough for me. Not too happy about such weak cameras on the iPod Touch, though. Apple is doing that in order not to overlap product lines. I certainly wouldn't think a better camera would raise the price significantly on the Touch.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Keychain cameras again

    Oh great, now the iPad 2 gen will have a cheap, keychain camera much like the latest iPod touch. That leaves me eager to rush out and buy one just like I excitedly upgraded my iPod touch 2 gen to get that 'hot' new camera in the 4 gen. No, I didn't! Instead, I picked up a second-hand iPhone 3g with a vastly better camera than the new touch and abandoned the idea of owning Apple's ill-treated, poorly fed step-child. The touch will never amount to much because Apple lacks an adequate vision for what it could be. The iPad has begun to move along that same, unimaginative path.

    You'd think with Apple profits spiraling into the tens of billions, some Apple exec would get upset about shipping products with cameras so cheap, you can almost find them as trinkets in cereal boxes. These cameras are so anaemic, Apple must have trouble finding factories that still make them. Steve Jobs may think Apple doesn't ship "junk," but when it comes to cameras and any product but an iPhone, it certainly does.

    And yes, few will use a quality, back-facing to take pictures of scenery. But there are many useful apps that depend on a high resolution image to work, apps linked to the viability of the iPad as a working tool rather than just a play toy. Those'll run on iPhone, even ancient models like my 3G. But they won't work with the latest iPad.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Keychains....

    But as the previous post notes, how practical is it to use an iPad for high res photography?

    If it did, then you'd have people complaining (probably you) about how clumsy it is to use an iPad for photography and how Apple should have developed a way to detach the camera for "pocket"-size shooting or better ergonomics.

    Really, a rear-side camera on an iPad will be more for the FaceTime value of showing opposite view projections than any still camera shots.

    Just my .02


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