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Does The Apple iPad Have A Camera?

There seems to be some evidence that the final version of Apple's iPad will have a front camera (or webcam), that everyone expected but was disappointed not to get.

9to5 did a screen capture of the official launch event where Steve Jobs holds the iPad in front of him and one can clearly show, spot in the middle, a white spot akin to the glass lens of a camera.

Obviously, there were those photos leaked a few hours earlier by Engadget that showed what turned out to be an iPad fixed to a table with a huge frame in which there was a clear cut, exactly where a camera was expected to be.

Need more proof? What about this one, Mission Repair (opens in new tab), which specialises in fixing Apple devices, claims that the company has started sending out iPad parts including a frame that has a slot where a Macbook-like webcam would nicely fit.

And the last piece of the puzzle, Crunchgear (opens in new tab) got hold a screenshot of the iPad emulator that Apple launched last week as part of the iPad SDK and shows an option in its contact feature that allows users to take a photo.

Does that mean that Apple will be launching the iPad with a camera? Possibly but then, it might also be part of the iPad v2 that will (certainly) come in January 2011.

Our Comments

Some were quick to point out that the third generation iPod Touch was supposed to have a camera as well but even with a hole in the case, Apple failed to add this "essential" feature much to the chagrin of many users.

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Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.