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iOS 4.3 Beta Contains "Proof" Of iPad 2 Cameras

The latest iOS 4.3 SDK has delivered yet another surprise as it now appears almost certain that the iPad 2 will come with not one but two cameras, probably a front facing and a rear one.

9to5mac points out to the presence, within the SDK of images of a shutter which is large enough to fit the iPad's XGA screen comfortably as well as camera rolls.

Given Apple's enthusiasm about Facetime, it is likely that two cameras will be onboard; obviously, it ties nicely with that video from CES 2011 leaked to an accessory manufacturer which shows a dummy prototype of an iPad complete with the two cameras.

At the same time, the size of the PNG files, 1024x768 pixels, means that Kevin Rose's prediction that the iPad 2 will have a much higher resolution (quasi retina display), are almost certainly wrong.

For reasons associated with costs, performance and compatibility, a 4-megapixel screen for the iPad was never seriously on the table.

We expect the Apple iPad 2 to be presented on the 19th of January in San Francisco at the same time as the newspaper service created by News Corp and called The Daily.

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.