Speculation is mounting that the next iPad, which some insiders are tipping will be launched prior to Xmas, will have a built in camera capability.
The thinking inside Apple is that a camera will appeal to both consumers, Business and and Government departments who want a camera for things like security images, snap shooting documents or for use as a security device for wall mounted iPads.
AppleInsider.com claims that they have found new online documentation for the iPad’s management console, the tool that corporate users can control to restrict features on their employee or client iPads.
This generally includes stuff like passcodes, e-mail, and calendar locking, similar to the way Blackberry’s software works for its large constituency of business users.
However, there’s a new addition under the list of “Available restrictions” on the iPad: “Use of the camera (can also be controlled with an Exchange policy).”
TG Daily said that many of these options go back and forth between the iPhone and the iPad so it is difficult to distinguish what is designated for which platform, but given that there is interest in having an iPad camera, and it would be easy enough to implement, it seems likely that such a modification would be made to a new model.
Apple Insider also notes that in April, Apple posted a job for an iPad tester that stated: “Build on your QA experience and knowledge of digital camera technology (still and video) to develop and maintain testing frameworks for both capture and playback pipelines.”