Apple Reportedly Selects Camera Lens Supplier for Second-Generation iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Feeding rumors and expectations that Apple will include at least a front-facing camera in the next-generation iPad, DigiTimes reports that market rumors in the region are pegging Taiwanese firm Largan Precision as having been selected to provide camera lens modules for the device. The company, however, refuses to comment on the rumors.
    While the report does not specify whether Largan has been claimed to be providing VGA-resolution front-facing cameras or higher-resolution rear-facing cameras (or both), the report comes just as Largan has reportedly begun shipping 5-megapixel lens modules for tablet devices. According to that report, Largan has begun outsourcing production of VGA-resolution models in order to focus on the higher-resolution versions, leading to speculation that the company may be gearing up for high-volume production of the 5-megapixel module for a rear-facing camera on the iPad.

    Largan currently supplies the 5-megapixel lens module for the iPhone 4's rear-facing camera.

    Article Link: Apple Reportedly Selects Camera Lens Supplier for Second-Generation iPad
  2. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Here's to hoping for higher resolution rear AND front facing cameras!
  3. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Low resolution front camera sounds like this rumor is accurate. Typical Apple.
  4. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I agree, it does sound like Apple. I would think that if they were going to put cameras into the next generation of iPads that they would take it slow and put the same ones the current iPhone 4 has. It just seems like something Apple would do to keep costs down.
  5. The Great Boony macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2010
    Higher than what?

    It wouldn't be hard to better the current camera would it?
  6. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
  7. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I would be interested to hear others views on this:

    Let's just say for one moment, we assume the iPad will have both a front and rear camera.

    It's a bit of a guess, but let's just assume that for one moment.

    How would you feel if Apple fitted a lower quality camera unit into the iPad than they have already fitted in the iPhone4 ?

    Personally I'd not be happy as I would like to think Apple would see the iPad as their "Premier Device" and not 2nd in line to the more important iPhone.

    Would you be upset if the iPhone 4 camera was better than the iPad2 model?

    Just for the record. I have zero interest in a front facing camera. I will never ever make a FaceTime call.

    Assuming a front camera is fitted, whilst I will be happy it's there, I can think of no current use I can make of it.
    A rear mounted Camera I can see myself using from time to time.

    If the iPad2 only gets a front camera for facetime I will be very dissapointed, as I say I have no use for it ever.
  8. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007
    Sounds great!

    I don't want a high-resolution camera on an iPad... I want one on my camera! All I would ever want to do on an iPad is video chat or take a quick pic.

    I don't know why so many people want high-end features everywhere? Can you imagine trying to take pictures with something the size of an iPad other than quick snapshots? One good resolution camera on the front is more than enough for this device. Otherwise... get a camera if you want more.
  9. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    There's news. There's rumors. And then there's mundane minutiae like this.
  10. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    So you ideally want a low quality device fitted. Thats fine :)

    When you say you feel only 1 good lens needs to be fitted onto the front, as you saying the front is the face that faces you?

    So a hi res camera for something like facetime and a low quality camera on the back for the occasional photo/video is your ideal scenario?
  11. E.Lizardo macrumors 68000

    May 28, 2008
    I'd like two cameras,but I wouldn't be upset if it had none.My facetime use so far is exactly 1 call,just to check it out,and since my iPad rarely leaves the house,a rear camera would get little use.Of course I can see that many people would get lots of use from both cameras.
    I'd like a retina display(I know-not likely),better performance,and some delightfully surprising feature I haven't imagined yet but will use all the time and love.
  12. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    I think you are like most people and would get very little use out of cameras on your iPad. I have had my iPhone 4 for about half a year now and have made two face time calls to check it out. As the devices become more ubiquitous, I guess the likelihood of using the feature will go up. But for now, this is video conferencing which has been around for about a decade and which basically is not a popular form of communication. A camera mounted iPad will make this easier, but just marginally so.
  13. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    This is the thing.

    I'm not sure about the USA, but in the UK we have had the ability to make Video calls for years and years. And almost no-one ever uses it. They just don't need/want video when making a phone call.

    I heard the same about the iPhone4 only recently. About not having ever seen anyone using the video called (Face Time)

    Naturally we can all see the main uses.

    Granny seeing the grandchildren from hundreds of miles away.

    Perhaps a Birthday or Christmas hello call.

    Boy and girl friend early relationship, I love you, video calls.


    But not general use. As I say we've had mobile video calls for years and years and you could even buy video landline phones.

    It just does not seen a typical thing to use in day to day life.

    Perhaps there are some people who have their webcam on all the time every evening also? But not most people.

    For me anyway, and I know we all have different uses, I will never use FaceTime. I've never owned a Webcam either.

    A rear camera would get occasional use. Not a lot, but occasional.

    As I'm more lightly to have the iPad already in my hands than my camera, if something happens and I can just raise the iPad and video the family pet doing something funny then I'll use what I have to hand, and as I say that's more lightly to be the iPad.

    Would I go out on a photo shoot for the day and take the iPad, no of course not, that would be stupid. In the same way I'd not take phone out on a photo shoot either.

    If I wanted to go out and take photo's then I'd take a camera.

    That's not to say I'd not like a nice camera on the back on an iPad.

    To be able to take a video on the iPad, edit it on some new video editing software on the 10" screen then uploads direct to YouTube without any messing about with adaptors or convertors will be great
  14. CplBadboy macrumors 6502

    Yeah stick the camera on the front but no need for it on the back. Concentrate on delivering a faster processor and more RAM. Display is sweet enough. Apple need to stop their fascination with strapping cameras to everything. Facetime hasnt actually proved that popular with the majority of iOS users.

    What Apple need to do is get away from this whole playing games just on the touch screen. Time for a controller peripheral so users can play games properly and more importantly on ATV at home and on the iPad when your sat in your hotel room scratching your balls. Done.
  15. litchie macrumors regular


    May 3, 2010
    high resolution camera

    looking forward to a high resolution camera on iPad, although it is unlikely.

    See what happen on iPod touch, it should be the same for iPad.
  16. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    It would bother me, but not for the reasons you state. I don't think of the iPad as the "premier" device, even though I have one, I realize other people prefer the smartphone or ipod form factor for their needs. But if you stick an inferior camera in it, then iPad becomes a 2nd class device. Technology should get better as time goes on, not worse, and clearly the iPad has more room for higher quality optics. Once you have sufficient megapixels, camera quality depends more on the optics (which are hard to fit into a smaller phone). All that said, I have little use for facetime either. If they just didn't put any camera at all, that would be fine with me too, give me more RAM and a few other things, that's more important than a low quality camera.
  17. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  18. darkplanets macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2009
    Personally, having the 5MP camera on the rear of the iPhone is ideal, since you're going to use that device primarily for regular telephone calls and picture/video capture. For the iPad however I would like to see these reversed; I'm not going to be using a 10" tablet as a camera, whereas I would use it for video chat.

    This isn't how its going to be, however, as Apple will keep things consistent with the iP4. Look for the same RAM, same processor, and rear-facing 5MP, with a forward facing VGA. Then a slightly higher resolution screen, increased battery life, and altered form factor. It's a sure bet.
  19. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Sorry, I could care less about the rumored specs. I just want it to come out already!
  20. Zunjine macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2009
    A back facing camera makes no sense at all on a tablet. The form factor is not right for use as a camera. Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be.

    A front camera makes sense but there are issues around video calling on a larger device that will be held further from the face or even propped up on a desk. You need a higher res. camera with face detection that will auto zoom on to the users face and correct for angle to make up for the likelihood of more awkward positioning.
  21. urbanlung macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2004
    location location, location!
    I want at least 5 cameras

    1 x front facing 6mp camera for facetime
    2 x rear facing 9mp cameras for stereoscopic photography
    2 x side facing 3mp cameras for watching people on the train

    it would also be cool to have a camera to monitor what my feet are doing and another facing skywards keeping an eye out for airbourne toilet evacuations, I have already lost two ipads to falling frozen turds.
  22. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
  23. bapodra macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2010
    I am an iPAD owner and use it mainly to view my photos quickly.

    I think a front camera for applications like Facetime, Skype and Yahoo would be really good. However I don’t see the need for a Rear Camera as whom on earth will use it as a digital camera? :confused:
  24. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    I would expect the newer device to have the better camera (iPad2 should have a better camera than the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 should have a better camera than the iPad2, iPad3 should have a better camera than the iPhone 5, iPhone 6...etc, etc, etc)

    Apple should see the iPhone as more important if it sells more (or rather, make more money for Apple) but they should not limit other devices to keep the iPhone "more important"

    I still don't understand a rear facing camera on the iPad, but if some people will use it, why not?
  25. paradox00 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    Use your phone camera (or even a real camera) to take pictures if you want a rear facing camera. I don't know why people are so eager to hold a 10" iPad in the air to take pictures. If anything, Apple could focus on making transferring photos between the iPhone and iPad as painless as possible.

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