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Is Apple Already Planning the iPad 2?

Tons and tons of sites have made a point of listing all the features missing from the iPad. Among them was a forward facing camera. With no camera present at all, many tech fans wondered what Apple was thinking not including either a forward facing camera or a more traditionally located camera on the back of the device.

It seems that in leaving the camera out, Apple was just being Apple. That is, the company left it out of the first device because they'll likely include the camera in an updated model in the future.

Mission Repair recently received a box of iPad parts and notice that the metal, internal frames had a space that looked suspiciously camera-sized. The lads grabbed a standard webcam from a Unibody MacBook and lo and behold, it fit into the mysterious space in the frame like a hand in a glove.

*Images via Mission:Repair

  • Abrahm
    Is anyone really surprised by this? Apple has to release a mediocre product, let all of the zealots buy it up at a premium price, then release a slightly improved but still mediocre version of the product a few months later for everyone to buy again. Rinse and repeat.
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  • werxen
    Ah yes. Typical apple.... Only release decent models of 'x' after 2-3 years of dumbass fanbois buying your product at insane prices.
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  • fonzy
    I hope Apple figures out that there are other tablets that are coming out that are far superior. They can't just rely on the name and the app store to sell it's product.
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  • theuerkorn
    Leaving room for improvement. I guess they're trying to push annual updates on the iPad too, and this is an easy one. Forward-thinking product line management.
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  • Miharu
    I hope this time customers will be cleaver and just don't BUY this mediocre product.
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  • fonzyI hope Apple figures out that there are other tablets that are coming out that are far superior. They can't just rely on the name and the app store to sell it's product.
    They probably do realize that, but don't care. They just sit there and laugh as the fanbois snap up their inferior product.

    Engineering manager: "Gentlemen, we can either work hard and create a great product, or push some of our budget over to marketing and head home early. What say you?"
    Engineers: (room empties instantly)
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  • shadow187
    This is absolutely horrible that they'd do this. It's like microsoft charging for the first Windows_7 service pack, :\.
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  • deadlockedworld
    shadow187This is absolutely horrible that they'd do this. It's like microsoft charging for the first Windows_7 service pack, :\.
    Microsoft did charge for Vista SP3 -- they call it Windows 7.
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  • cadder
    Left out the camera??? So just who was Jobs calling lazy yesterday?
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  • JohnnyLucky
    WOOW! The soap opera keeps getting better and better. Looks like plnas are in the works for s second season.
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