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.