Small hole at the top of the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mbell75, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Am I seeing things, or is there a small hole up top of my iPad? Looks like the hole where a camera would be...
  2. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    Do you mean the hole for the ear phones?
  3. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    Already been discussed. It is the ambient light sensor.
  4. mbell75 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Ah ok, thanks
  5. CrockettGTO macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2007
    Well it depends, if you are referring to the small hole on the silver aluminum casing edge by the headphone jack, that is the microphone. If you are referring to the small transparent hole in the black bezel edge, you are correct it is the ambient light sensor.
  6. Steveonomad macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2010
    I stuck the small pin in there when I was looking for the sim card slot,
    Could I have damaged the sensor?
  7. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Sounds like you might've stuck it in the microphone hole, rather than the light sensor (light sensor isn't a hole you can access). It's unlikely you damaged it, but possible depending on how hard you pushed it in. What you should do, to be sure, is download one of the free Voice record apps on the App store and test recording your voice.
  8. velkrosmaak macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2010
    The best thing to do if you've got a hole and you're not sure what it is is to jab something in it. :rolleyes:
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    You owe me a new monitor! I spewed coffee all over it! :p
  10. Redneck1089 macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2004
    That's always been my motto...
  11. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008
    I concur

    I see what you've done there.
  12. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Sounds like the microphone to me as well. Is it on the silver frame right next to the earphone jack? Yeah, you could do some damage poking around there.

    PS - I was really tempted to make a joke about how I stuck a paperclip end in mine, and my iPad ejected the iOS CD. But I was worried someone would actually try it to get the CD out of their iPad.

    PPS - You know the iPad won't boot without that CD, so don't do it!
  13. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Shhhh! The girls will hear you!!
  14. rumplestiltskin macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2006
    That's what she said...
  15. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    CD? When did iPads go digital?!? I thought there was a good old tape deck in there.
  16. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    OK can someone help me out here? :)

    First time iPad owner. I checked the iPad 3rd Gen user guide and it appears that small hole is for the microphone. I turned on auto-brightness and it just gets slightly brighter even in direct sunlight and shouldn't the iPad display get really bright?

    Does anyone have a picture of the ambient light sensor?
  17. Redjericho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    See that black hole at the top of your iPad on the front? That's your camera, now look closely just above it, that small miscolored circle is the light sensor.
  18. Markdek macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2012
  19. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Thanks :)

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