Fix for lack of camera?

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  1. sportykid2332 macrumors regular

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    Just thinking out loud here.....

    If apple opens up the dock port for accessories, why couldn't a company just release a small camera that plugs in there? The screen can be viewed upside-down so it would probably function pretty well for video chats. I could see a company like Skype looking in to this. Any thoughts?


    And yes, I typed this on my iPad hehe.
     
  2. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure it could be done without a jailbreak, and I don't know of any companies that would support that.
     
  3. Monk Edsel macrumors regular

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    I don't think jailbreaking would be necessary, Apple started supporting Dock Connector peripherals with iPhone OS 3.0 I believe. There are already a few companies with iPhone app/peripheral packages so I don't see why a camera couldn't be made available for iPad too.
     
  4. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    I would assume that Apple has a protocol for using the dock connector, and using a camera would have some different data types or whatever. I'm not a developer and I don't know what I'm talking about, I just don't think Apple would make it terribly easy for this.

    But then again, what do I know.
     
  5. Freeferty macrumors newbie

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    How about going one step further. A video conferencing app that uses the camera in your iPhone as the webcam and your iPad as the screen. No extra gadgets to carry around and all wireless. I would pay for that.
     
  6. Elise macrumors 6502

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    I'm glad I'm not hung up on the lack of camera, this doesn't bother me at all - I have enough cameras!
     
  7. kdesign7 macrumors 6502a

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=858197&highlight=kdesign7
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  8. DAMNiatx macrumors 6502a

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  9. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

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    Win win for apple. Don't have to raise product costs on the device by including a web cam, get a cut from the maker of the 3rd party device by use of the dock connector licensing fee.
     
  10. undrpsi macrumors regular

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    Camera A Camera B app at the app store

    Go look at the two apps I mentioned above. I haven't tried them but they allow you to use the iPhone as a remote camera. Can't remember if it was tethered or wireless right now. Haven't downloaded it either...so ymmv !
     
  11. yyy macrumors regular

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    That iSight Lite might look good in the picture but in reality it would show the top of your head rather than your face or you'd have to position yourself in a specific position in order for the camera to capture your face.

    Apple probably realized that the tablet form factor is not supposed to be used as a camera since it's too big and supposed to be used in different orientations/positions. If you want to take a picture use your phone or digital camera and then transfer it to the device. If you want to video-chat - use a laptop.

    Now the real question is - is there an easy way to transfer photos from your iPhone to the iPad?
     
  12. Freeferty macrumors newbie

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    Email or sync via laptop
     
  13. Justinf79 macrumors 6502

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    I'd think that it would be possible to then have the camera on a swivel.
     
  14. Mr.Texor macrumors regular

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    the problem with an iPad camera is this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY2vK-jqcxo
    because of how the iPad is designed, if you had a camera and you had it down on your lap or pretty much in any position other than a stand, you would look like the thumb man.

    [​IMG]
     

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