Is an iPad camera upgrade going to be possible?

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  1. matthuds macrumors newbie

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    I have had a 32gb wifi iPad for almost a week now and have only just noticed a little hole behind the screen top centre where the camera was rumoured to be.
    As it is likely a camera will be an addition to the iPad2 does anyone else think it a possiblity that apple will offer a service to put a camera into 1st gen iPads, seems it would appear it just needs the camera unit sloting in?

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  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No. Apple do not, in general, offer upgrades to old hardware at all.
     
  3. Boblister macrumors 6502a

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    I believe that is the auto brightness sensor.
     
  4. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

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    Not unless you want a sensor removed in the process.
     
  5. matthuds thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Camera would be more useful seems my auto brightness sensor seems to have little effect.lol
     
  6. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

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    Fair enough. Would be useless to me. No need for a camera on my device, and I like that the iPad will change the screen brightness depending on the light conditions.

    Still, I'll give you $1000000 if Apple offer to take your old iPads, remove the autobrightness sensor and replace it with a camera and give you back the iPad.
     
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    A front camera wouldn't be all that useful b/c you'd have to hold the iPad straight up in front of you which, given it's size and weight would be awkward after the first minute. In the past month I've never held it like that. I'm always looking down at. Look down at a mirror. That is what the other side would see -- your nose whiskers. Not real useful.
     
  8. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    I'll double that and I'll give you a unicorn.

    It will never happen.
     
  9. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Given the portability of the iPad, a camera is liable to show a lot more than just whiskers from time to time... :D
     
  10. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't mind if the iPad had a camera, but it's about #15 on the list of improvements I'd be interested in ... and of course there's zero chance Apple will retrofit existing iPads to add a camera.

    Someone may come up with a way to plug a portable camera to the iPad via the dock port, who knows.
     
  11. matthuds thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Surely if it was on the dock or held at the same angle as say a macbook screen on a desk it would work fine? after all it does work fine on the macbook! it would just need a bit of a tilt.

    Anyway it doesnt look like it will happen anyway, thanks for the input.

    And thanks for letting me know its the light sensor, ill try not to hold my hand over it when in landscape mode.
     
  12. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Absolutely NOT going to happen!
     
  13. gdeputy macrumors 6502a

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    I already have a camera, the camera a and camera b apps sync my ipheone camera to my iPad and it shows same image and takes pictures right to the iPad. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
     
  14. iphonegeek786 macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure you can wait a couple of generations for a camera. I know its going to come now that its on the iphone.
     
  15. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a

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    I can't imagine wanting to use my iPad as a camera. It is enormous. If I want to take photos, I take it with my iPhone or my real camera.
     
  16. zeferjen macrumors member

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    I would rather have a webcam than a camera. I think this would be a cool tool for video chatting.
     
  17. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Would it be possible for a third party to offer an external camera for video chatting? This wouldn't be suitable for snapping photos of course, but since its external you could position it at better angle than one built in to the iPad itself.
     
  18. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

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    This is technically feasible via the dock port. The question is, will Apple allow it, and will there be enough of a market for someone to go to the effort.

    But in terms of hardware, there's no reason the dock port couldn't handle the flow of data, and no reason the iPad CPU and other hardware couldn't handle it either.
     
  19. Arran macrumors 68040

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    In iPad2, couldn't the camera double as an ambient light sensor?

    That's what cameras do, isn't it? Measure light; in a very fine-grained way.
     
  20. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Cool. I think I'd rather have the camera as an external accessory than built in anyway so I'd be interested in this. A built in forward facing camera in the iPad would be difficult--since how would you type on it and at the same time get a good face shot?
     
  21. christall109 macrumors 6502

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    Are you that ignorant to having a camera on the iPad?

    Front facing camera- skype, iChat, facebook
    back facing camera - augmented reality.
     
  22. matthuds thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Love the way u think
     
  23. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Give me one million and I guarantee I can get a camera put in. Also you can keep the unicorn, they are a pain to keep fed.
     
  24. Battlestar macrumors 6502

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    If you want a camera you will have to wait for the second version to come out next year.
     

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