Integrated iSight?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by pretentious, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2002
    With Apple's new iChat A/V and iSight, do you think that Apple will go on and fully integrate cameras into their hardware?

    Like in the new Cinema Displays that have been long rumored, can we expect to have FW cameras built right into them? ...or whenever it should be revised, do you expect the iMac to have a camera?
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    this is highly doubtful, as apple would have to develop a new proprietary port for the displays to have a firewire controller on them. also this is unlikely because the displays are targetted at the prosumer level. it's more logical to guess that apple may think of including an isight camera built into the emac and imac.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    Well, after iSight came out there doesn't seem a reason to put a camera built-in to a monitor any time after.

    iSight is good because it is portable and can be used on multiple Macs.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    its also moveable and adjustable...i have mine watch my door when i leave hehe
  5. macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually
    Re: Integrated iSight?

    I cannot imagine anything cooler then an already awesome 12'' pb then a 12''pb with integrated camera :p
  6. macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    i think it would be really good if the iSight were integrated with the PowerBooks and maybe iBooks. i've seen a VAIO (not sure whether it was a prototype or anything) that had a built in camera, but it was big and ugly. made the VAIO look too bulky. but if Apple could do it that would be really cool. no doubt theirs would look amazing.

    perhaps when the PowerBooks move to OLED displays in a couple of years there will be alot more space in the screens to put a camera in there. :D
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    the isight get pretty hot in operation. also look at the barrel length. apple would have 1/4 the resolution to do it. they will eventually, just not his year or the next.
  8. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The problem with a built in camera on a laptop, PDA, or cell phone is that a lot of companies prohibit cameras on company premises without special permission.

    This would prevent (among otther categories of people) sales people and service people from being able to but this equipment. Do you want Apple to lose sales due to built-in cameras?
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Vancouver, BC
    I doubt they'd build them into the screens themselves - why go to the bother of making the iSight a seperate product which they'd only make obsolete themselves?

    I'm wondering, though, if future screens from apple will have some kind of built-in mounting assembly for an iSight camera? Or even a way of tidying away the cable rather than have it dangle from the top of the screen (i.e. a socket by the mounting point, for a short cable to connect the camera, with the signal passing through to a socket next to the main video cable into which you plug the firewire cable)

    Hmmm, then again, maybe not ;-)

    a.k.a. Arnel
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    hey can we start the video iPod rumors again?

    "Introducing... the iPod AV"

    Tack on the iSight on top of the iPod, give it a color OLED screen and some extra hardware oomph to do the MP4 compression, and voila, you have the video iPod. And if you add Airport to it, you have a mobile TV-phone you can take anywhere with a wireless network.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    That seems more likely. A little post hole on the top for a post-mounted bracket--pops in and out easily. Maybe even a firewire port right there.

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