A number of next generation iPad cases were outed in the past few weeks that have indicated at the possibility of us seeing two cameras – one on the front and another on the rear side of iPad 2. Now, developers scouring through the snippets of code on the latest iOS SDK have confirmed these rumors. The code does contain references to the two cameras.
However, in what could come as a huge disappointment, Apple could be offering a minimal 1-Megapixel rear facing camera and a VGA resolution front facing camera on this upcoming device. This is unlike popular speculation that the iPad 2 could offer an iPhone 4-like 5-Megapixel camera. This is also lower than the camera specs on the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab that came with 3-Megapixel and 1.3-Megapixel cameras.
For what it’s worth, Notion Ink Adam, the highly anticipated Android-based tablet shipping this week will come with a 3.2-megapixel swivel camera that will outdo both the Galaxy Tab and the rumored iPad 2.
We have been seeing a steady inflow of rumors relating to the next generation iPad over the past one week. Check here for a slideshow of iPad 2 rumors.
We had already learned from a few sources that the next generation iPad could come with five new features that include retina display and USB support. Now a fresh report claims that the new iPad – rumored to launch in January 2011 – could come with cameras on the front and rear sides of the device. According to the sources, Apple has been working with Largan Precision; a Taiwan based manufacturer, in the production of cameras for their upcoming tablet device. Incidentally, Largan is also the manufacturer of the 5-Megapixel camera sensors for iPhone 4.
We are hearing that Cupertino could bring a VGA front side camera for FaceTime video calling as well as a 5-Megapixel rear camera on the iPad to effectively take on competition from the likes of the Galaxy Tab and possibly Playbook.
Apple continues to lead the market in the tablet space. However, the incorporation of these features will ensure that they will hold on to the lead for some more time. What do you think?
Adobe has developed a new plenoptic lens and a software that goes with it that makes blurred sections of photographs a thing of the past. The technology comes with just one additional piece of plenoptic lens to a camera setup. Plenoptic lenses are made of an array of micro-lenses that help to capture an image from multiple perspectives. This eventually means that you can pick on the area to focus and other areas to blur after the original picture is captured. The plenoptic lens is noted to be fit in between the original lens and the camera sensor.
The technology is currently only in its prototype stages and commercial use of the same appears to be some time away. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a video demo on what is on offer, check out this embed below.
Here’s some rumor for the Apple-obsessed: The next gen iPhone and iPad could come with camera sensors from Omnivision. While this may not be entirely surprising considering that the two companies have already engaged in a partnership, a recent interview given by Omnivision executives to JP Morgan analyst Paul Coster gave further details on what to expect with the new launch of iPhone or iPad.
One very likely improvement is the provision of a 5 megapixel camera from the current 3MP. For this, Apple could be using Omnivision’s OV5650 sensor that not only brings upon the required megapixels, but also provides an improved picture quality even at higher resolutions as well as be capable of delivering video greater than 480p.
As always, these are merely indications and are not confirmed at the moment and so the news needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, I would like to know your opinion. Is a 5MP good enough? What other features do you want to see in the iPhone 4G camera?