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Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2010 8:05 PM (in response to c erdman)Because Apple didn't put one in it.MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.2), AEXs, Red 2G & 5G Nano, Red Shuffle, 160 GB Classic, White 60GB 5G, Apple TV
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2010 8:33 PM (in response to c erdman)First post on a user to user discussion board, and your question is about the lack of a camera on the iPad? It would be fairly unwieldy as a camera, but one on the front would be nice for video chat. If you really need a camera, check out the Camera for iPad app. 99 cents of pure joy!IMac Intel 20" , Mac Mini PPC and MacBook Pro 2.2ghz (4GB RAM, SSD), iPad 64GB, Mac OS X (10.5), iPhone 3G
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2010 9:16 PM (in response to c erdman)
c erdman wrote:
Of all the wonderful things they put on the IPad, why is there no camera?
It's so they add it as a new feature to the next iPad and give you a reason to buy another one.MacBook Pro 13" 2.26 GHz (June '09), Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3GS 32GB Black
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2010 10:34 PM (in response to c erdman)The omission of the camera might be, if the iPad had a camera it would not be allowed in my places; courts, schools, government buildings, hopitals and so on and so on.
Who knows for sure...?G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Quicktime 7.6.4, FCS2, nano 5th, iPad and a bunch of other stuff...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2010 10:57 PM (in response to David M Brewer)
if the iPad had a camera it would not be allowed in my places; courts, schools, government buildings, hopitals and so on and so on.
I don't understand that, "courts, schools, government buildings, hopitals and so on and so on." ALREADY have LOTS of cameras.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 4:02 AM (in response to c erdman)Why would you want a camera on an iPad?
It's too big and clumsy to take photographs.
The angle you hold the iPad would result in unflattering images for iChat.
People viewing your image during an iChat session would feel "seasick" with your swaying.
If I want to take Photos I use a real Camera or an iPhone. If I want to use video conferencing I use my MacBook Pro or iMac.
I don't need a camera on every CE device. Do the people who complain about the lack of a camera also complain there's no Camera in their Refrigerator so that they can monitor the freshness of their milk?Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 4:51 AM (in response to PhilBH)I think no camera on the Ipad is a good idea as comments from other people have said. It also saves battery power.
But Apple should allow a desktop webcam option that would plug into the docking port or that can be synced with bt.
yes I know about the 99 cent camera app. But that requires a iphone.
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 5:33 AM (in response to c erdman)For any electronic device, the manufacture has to meet certain budgets: battery life, weight, volume, performance, and perhaps most importantly, parts and manufacturing cost. I suspect that once Apple decided on the $499 price point, they found that they were over-budget on manufacturing or parts costs. Removing the camera was probably the best way to hit their cost budget without seriously reducing consumer acceptance of the iPad. I say "removing" because it's clear from an internal examination that the iPad was designed to accept a camera module.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 5:46 AM (in response to c erdman)With a mind to how Apple go about designing a product such as this, it seems clear to me that there are three reasons there's no camera. The first and most minor is that it leaves a feature to add to a later model to help stimulate upgrade fever. I don't see this as a major factor, just a longer-term economic consideration. The second is that the more features they add to the iPad, the greater the risk of cannibalizing sales of their laptop range. The third and I think most telling is that in the design process, Apple were keen to give every feature included a solid purpose and rationale, and a camera simply didn't fit that because as has been pointed out, a rear-facing camera would turn the device into an unwieldy camera, while a front-facing camera would turn it into a video chat platform where users get to look up your nose, or see you and your background wobbling around as you try to hold the thing. In that context I suspect a camera was seen as a feature that added the wrong impression to the device.
In the latter sense, it's true that there are stands and docks which could help resolve the problem, but bearing in mind that Apple clearly position the iPad as the casual web-on-the-couch solution, including a camera that in essence demanded the use of a stand or dock didn't make sense in the design concept, so it was dropped once the design was being finalised.2x iMac 24/2.4 : MacBook 2.13 : G5 2.0DP : TiBook : iPhone3GS : iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 5:52 AM (in response to c erdman)I can understand a front-facing camera for video chat and stuff, but a rear one ? It would look kind of silly to use to take a picture.
And besides, is there really anybody who doesn't have a camera on their cell phone already ?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 7:16 AM (in response to c erdman)That might be the most wonderful thing about the iPad, lacking a camera.
Cameras on computers enslave people to them, it also gives Big Brother ultimate control if they wanted it.
If you want to see how that would look in real life, watch the documentary "We Live In Public" and the appeal of a camera on our devices doesn't seem so appealing.
Trailer for We Live In Public: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XSTwfdFwIY
Another scary scenario... Take a look at this: http://tinyurl.com/y9r4hp2
I like knowing that no one has the ability to look back at me when I'm on my iPad.iMac, MacBook, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 10:28 AM (in response to Sminman)I respect everyone's opinions. But I am honestly surprised at how many of you are so quick to adopt excuses as to agree with the lack of camera.
If I may say so, this is a typical Apple product fanboy mentality. Just as with the iPhone, the lack of multitasking, MMS, and other features which were eventually added, the fans had all kinds of excuses as to why they didn't want those features only to cheer when they arrive.
A camera on the iPad would be a bit awkward to use. Yes. That is the only valid reason I can agree with. Steve Jobs being the deciding word on these product likely tried it on a prototype and decided "this too awkward and doesn't enhance the experience" (or something to that effect.)
But when people sit down with the iPad at a coffee shop or a park, one of the first things they'll do is post a Tweet, and WISH they could attach a picture of what they were tweeting about. But alas, you can not.
So you have to pull out your iPhone and do it.
Or you have to deal with messy dongles to attach a camera to your iPad.
And a front facing camera would have been awesome. Apple would make a bundle selling stands for the iPad to make it a video conferencing device.
I can only assume they did not include for 2 reasons:
1) Keep the cost down and profit margin up. After all we know Apple is in the business first and foremost to make money (and should be, and are good at it.)
2) They intend to offer it in a next gen product and that folks makes a great upsell. We know the next iPhone is likely to have a front facing camera and some sort of video chat, and I believe the iPad will follow.
So keep telling yourself DON'T WANT an camera in the iPad and are happy about it. (For some who are concerned with privacy I'm sure that's true.) But for many of you it's merely an excuse to make you feel better about the purchase.
After all, it is a great product. I personally love it anyway. But I for one feel it hit misses the mark by about 20% for various reasons like the the storage is too small, it should have a camera, and I really think it would have been better at 16x9 (that's a whole other debate.) Fortunately none of those minor reasons were enough to sink the product and Apple obviously knew that.MacBook Pro 13" 2.26 GHz (June '09), Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3GS 32GB Black