Apple job ad hints at iPad camera

A situations vacant ad for a position at Apple's Cupertino campus is the best indication yet that the next generation of the company's highly-anticipated iPad tablet computer will come with a camera.

With the title of Performance Engineer iPad Media, the new recruit will be "a software quality engineer with a strong technical background to test still, video and audio capture and playback frameworks. Build on your QA experience and knowledge of digital camera technology (still and video) to develop and maintain testing frameworks for both capture and playback pipelines."

Many pundits were disappointed by the iPad's lack of any kind of camera but most of them thought the tablet device would cost $1,000 or more. There's no pleasing some people.

It's widely expected that subsequent upgrades to the device will add substantially to the spec with cameras, full-blown OSX and proper GPS being at the top of most wish lists.