iPad 2 to Pack 1 Megapixel Rear Camera?

More iPad 2 goodies have been dug up from the developer’s iOS 4.3 beta. We’ve more or less confirmed that the next iPad will have twin cameras, but what kind of quality? Not as great as you might think. As you can see, a little slice of code for K94, what tipsters say refer to the next iPad, indicates a 1 megapixel rear-facing camera. This is probably the same unit used in the latest iPod Touch, but luckily that will go for the front-facing camera too, which will clock in with VGA resolution.

Although nothing’s quite official for the iPad 2 just yet, we’re expecting it to have a higher-resolution display (maybe), include multi-touch gestures for switching apps and pulling up the dock, and a potential launch date of February 9. Considering His Jobsiness’s aversion to 7-inch tablets, we can expect the new one to stay within the 10-inch range.

So why would Apple lowball their camera? Well, I would imagine they don’t want to encourage people to use a 10-inch tablet as any kind of regular point-and-shoot, but they still need to offer something with versatile FaceTime options. No doubt the smaller camera would provide some economy of space, too.

What do you guys think – is a 1 megapixel camera a complete joke, or is Apple smart to drop out of the megapixels arms race when it comes to tablets? Personally, I’m very curious to see how far they can stretch a camera of that quality.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • 1Mpix is enough for most tablet usage. Why should they put more. It’s not a Mpix war.

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