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Was the iPad Supposed to Have a Camera?

Was the iPad Supposed to Have a Camera?

Posted January 27, 2010 at 7:26pm by iClarified · 14263 views
The just released iPad Emulator contains functionality that suggests the iPad was supposed to have a camera.

Crunchgear found that within the iPad’s contacts application is an “Add Photo” button. When pressed the button pops up a menu asking you to “Choose Existing Photo” or “Take Photo”. If you press the "Take Photo" button it opens a preview window which is supposed to display what the camera sees.

So what’s going on here? Did the iPad once have a camera, and it was pulled on such short notice that they didn’t have time to strip it out of the software? Does Apple planning on stealthily adding a camera to the features list some time in the next 60 days, as some sort of super-late “One more thing..”? Or did Apple just port much of the iPad contacts app from the iPhone version, and forget to lop out one of functions?

Lets hope Apple manages to slip this in last minute. No camera is likely a deal breaker for many customers.

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Was the iPad Supposed to Have a Camera?

Was the iPad Supposed to Have a Camera?
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Jobs
Jobs - January 28, 2010 at 12:02pm
It's an Ipod touch on STEROID!!!! LOL
Njoni
Njoni - January 28, 2010 at 5:22am
Well probably it is meant for external camera but it should've shown an error if there is no camera something like "There is no camera attached" or similar :)
ByronChurch
ByronChurch - January 28, 2010 at 1:12am
If you can upload from a camera , I see no reason you couldn't use your iPhone as an extension to the iPad with the usb adaptor or with bluetooth for that mater !
HO
HO - January 28, 2010 at 1:18am
...so they have a cable that can connect 2 iphones or an ipad to an iphone?, got to c this!!!
Tony
Tony - January 28, 2010 at 12:38am
Ported, well kind of. In keynote they said scratch, but would think they generally ported parts. Its just funny that with apple being so anel you would think they would have cleaned this button up for the Ipad SDK since the image spacificly shows the Ipad version of contacts, But this is Apple after all. No one but Steve knows why theu do things the way they do.
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