Rumour: next generation iPad, photographic device?

Grace Robinson
7 February, 2011
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Is Apple planning to design the new model iPad as a photographic device? In a recent job posting, Apple is advertising  the position of a new software engineer in a bid to help ‘ deliver great photography applications for the Mac and iPad platforms’.

In the post, the company outlines the role of software engineer as someone who can develop programs to manipulate images and upload them to the Web.

“As a member of the team,” Apple wrote, “you will help us with text rendering and editing and HTML generation for publishing and viewing photo based content.”

While this evidence adds weight to rumours that Apple will be including a camera in the next generation iPad, the job post only indicates plans to improve content creation and image manipulation, and is not conclusive that the new model will enable photo taking, reports The Mac Observer.

Rumours have been circulating that Apple may be working on adding a front camera (to facilitate video chat) and a back camera (for photography) or, alternatively, a front facing camera only. But it seems that iPad 2 as a FaceTime and photo/viewer/Internet sharing device is a more plausible argument to make than talk of an inbuilt camera.


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  1. mediasorcerer says:

    it would seem rather foolish not to include a front facing camera ,especially since the introduction of facetime,and im sure there are plenty of photographers out there who would appreciate more functionality with the ipad and cameras/photos.

  2. AMW staff says:

    I agree. I don’t have an iPad, but I think if the next generation model was to have a camera I’d seriously consider buying one! – Grace

  3. Xenophos says:

    I think for photographers an SD card slot and BT file transfer from iPhone would be more useful than a rear facing camera. I think any cameras, front or back, will only be for facetime.

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