Does the lack of a web cam bother you?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by richard371, May 22, 2010.

  1. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Considering the new iPhone 4 g and most netbooks macs etc have a web cam it really bugs me that Apple left it off. With the almost 2 million ipads out there and the 4g iphone coming out I can imagine all the possibilities with video chat.
  2. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
  3. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    I was supposed to have a web cam, canceled toward the end presumably due to shortages of the cameras, and the fact that they wanted to put it in the G4 iPhone first. The current version has a recess already in the frame for that camera, and all the necessary software hooks for camera support are in OS 4.0.

    Anyway, it will surely be in the G2 iPad just in time for Skype to mature, and for Apple to introduce iChat Mobile. People have to have a reason to buy the upgrades, don't they?
  4. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    Really doesn't bother me at all. I cant think of many times that I need to be on a webcam when I am also not near a real computer (or laptop). It would be a bonus if it was there, but I don't feel anything seriously missing because it isn't there.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Since when is there shortage of cameras?
  6. DaBrain macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2007
    ERIE, PA
  7. Oman macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    I have a web Cam on my Laptop and on my Desktop, and I have had both computers for over two years and I can still count the number of times I have used the Web Cams to talk to other people on my hand. The only use i have gotten out of the cameras is when my GF was out of town we used Yahoo chat to see one another and my Son is out in Cali, we used Gmail Video Chat other than that I have used both of them more as iCam security cams on the iPhone and iPad. I am not into chat roulette so I am good without an camera on my iPad. Even if they made one that could attach i would not buy it.
  8. John Paul macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Washington DC
    My experience is the same as Oman, above. I've had a MBP for almost 3 years (AppleCare expires next month...) and in all that time, I can count on one hand the number of times I've used the built-in camera for anything.

    Quite frankly, if they put a camera in the 2nd gen iPad I would personally prefer they put it on the backside (so I can use it to actually take photos) rather than on the front, as I don't expect to see myself doing any videoconferencing anytime in the foreseeable future.
  9. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    I would prefer to have one, but I would rarely use it, so it is unimportant.
  10. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Nope and I'd be interested in the % of folks that use them. I think this is a features bloggers or reviewers would write about, like multi-tasking that just are not used by most people.

    Yes. I can think of uses for each but not by the masses. In order to advance technology, let's face it, it is moving slow, we need to build critical user mass not fringe features.
  11. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
  12. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
    Doesn't bother me at all. I have an iSight on my MacBook Pro stationed with a big LED screen to serve my webcam needs.

    Dude, your display pic had me fooled for like 5 seconds. I was like what kind of a fly is this, its not going away no matter how many times I blow air on it ! :D
  13. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    It bothers me very little. It would be a plus, but seems like a minor plus.

    However, the constant threads about it bother me :)

    Wish I understood what you guys want to do with a camera on an iPad that's so important ... other than the red herring that is video conferencing
  14. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    I'm actually not bothered at all that a camera isn't on the iPad, front or back. The idea of it seems nice, but I rarely use webcam on my MBP—and I've had it for 3 years. The only time I've ever used it is for Photo Booth moments and and iChat. Webcams just seem like they belong on laptops or desktops for the stability.
    Now a front-facing camera on the iPhone 4G is a nice idea… but I'd doubt it would ever come more in handy than taking photos of yourself and Skype. So for me: iPhone maybe, iPad no.
  15. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    WAS a shortage of cameras. Insufficient numbers to accommodate the devices Apple wanted to put them in in the timeframe they wanted. If they'd put them in the iPad, there wouldn't be enough to put them in the 4G iPhone. Dunno if it's still a problem, but I'm sure the front facing camera will show up in the next round of iPads in 6 months or so.
  16. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    It seems like a natural but it won't affect me since I have one on my MBP. Also, I plan to upgrade to the new iPhone which is supposed to have one.

    What would be cool is if a third party can create a camera that can face both ways by using the iPad's connector.

    I use "Camera for iPad" now to make the iPhone a remote camera for the iPad. Maybe with some clever SW, the new iPhone serve as a remote iSight camera for the iPad.
  17. Cartaphilus macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2007
    Yeah, it does, a lot. It was enough of a factor that I decided not to buy an iPad until the next iteration appeared, presumably with front-facing webcam.

    Then I made the fatal error of playing with one at the Apple Retail Store, and my wife agreed to take this one when G2 arrives.

    I'm still hoping there will be an accessory webcam and app.
  18. RobBookPro macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    videochat is the most over rated thing ever.

    however, if anyone would have wanted to do it, and ipad would have been the best thing for it.

    i prefer the cleaner front bezel though.
  19. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    I'm sorry, but apple never stated that is was suppose to have a camera.

  20. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    Post a link to this. Where did you get your info.
  21. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I love the smell of ********.

    And no, I don't care that it doesn't have a web cam. I won't use one on an iPhone and I hardly use the one on my Mac.
  22. Jethrotoe macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Somewhere over there.
    Me neither. Every other computer and phone I have has one if I was into that sort of thing. Besides, I'm too ugly to use it!
    But I'm sure some people would like it so I won't knock it.

    Can't kill that fly!!!
  23. likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Honestly, yes it bothers me because i feel like they did it for the sole purpose of selling more ipads next year when they finally add it. but i bought one anyway just because its not a feature i use often enough to care. but i do love to ichat and skype on my macbook every so often. i feel like if they added the cam to the iphone and ipad a lot more people would use it, even if right now you dont think you will. but oh well, thats why im selling my ipad a month before the second generation comes out and getting a new one. meanwhile, i LOVE this thing!
  24. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    It does bother me.

    There should be a front-facing camera.

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