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kvil777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I was wowed by the new iPad but was finding for that missing thing... The built-in Webcam.. Where is it? Don't you also think there should be one... to make the device more interactive than just for multimedia purposes... "just a thought" tell me what you think...

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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    The built-in Webcam.. Where is it?


    Not there since a built-in camera isn't included.

    I don't think there should be one since I have a MacBook Pro which includes a built-in camera. Are you using a PC laptop and if so, does your laptop include a built-in camera as all Apple MacBooks include? Or if you have a PC netbook, does your netbook include a built-in camera?

    I'm not interested in the iPad since I have a MacBook Pro and an iPhone. If I were an avid book reader, I would probably give the iPad some consideration for that alone.
  • Ian-K Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    it would be nice to have it on there.....but it it needed for a multimedia and book device???

    if needed as an absolute must, buy the camera addon.

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/
  • Russa Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
    iSight would be nice to have. I think if Apple thoguht it would fit then it would be an option. Their market people probably did the needs analysis and realized the features had to focus on the eBook/newspaper/maagzine readers with some movie and TV Show use. But not iChatAV.
  • Jaron Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I agree, there should be a webcam on this device since they are marketing it as a product for use while sitting back and relaxing. Wouldn't it be nice to sit back, relax and be able to iChat with your friends and family.
    Since they did all this research and made everything else fit onto this device like iWork, a webcam would be a great PLUS.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Jaron wrote:
    I agree, there should be a webcam on this device since they are marketing it as a product for use while sitting back and relaxing.


    Given the Apple marketing is one of the most effective product teams in the technology field, I suspect they do actually know what they are doing, and have considered such views and IMO, considered them as non-essential.

    "Plus" means more cost, more complexity and I suspect once we se whats under the case, it'll be mostly battery and there isn't enough room for any 'plus' which the target audience don't value.

    But thats just my opinion...
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6 (9,265 points)
    Also note this is an iPhone forum.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    I know - given the usual rules about non-speculation, I'm surprised they haven't pulled whole lot of pointless whining threads.
  • JTBizzle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bet a company like Belkin will release a case that includes a minuscule camera and an app extremely similar to iChat. If Apple doesn't clame that it messes with the OS or something along those lines, everyone would be happy.
  • Jody Mac Fanboy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Ian-K wrote:

    if needed as an absolute must, buy the camera addon.

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/


    Buy the camera addon? What camera add on? The one thats not on the linked iPad page? There is no iSight camera on the iPad and is currently no camera add on!

    This is an absolute deal breaker for me. I am sooooo sooooo very disappointed in Apple for this. I feel like I came home and found my wife with someone else! (this is how much I HEART APPLE) Honestly this just seemed like a given. Apple did so much right with this product and priced it aggressive ... I think all us here can agree on that given product cost placement. It is priced to pull people out of buying a netbook and put them in a superior product and experience and make them Apple heads like all of us for life! In my humble opinion I think a lack of an iSight camera will keep many from making that change.

    Message was edited by: Jody Mac Fanboy
  • kvil777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah... they should make a forum for the iPad so they'll know what people's interests are...
  • monolu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No Webcam, no way! I won't even consider buying this without a built in web cam. I have an old Powerbook G4 without a webcam built in and was excited to get an iPad thinking it would allow me to chat online. It looks again like we'll have to wait a couple of years until the iPad comes out with everything us apple consumers expect. Another request while I'm here, FLASH!!!!!!
  • Kamikaze Rusher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    A webcam would be nice, but consider this:

    Where does the camera go?
    If you put it on the front for video conferencing such as iChat or Skype, it brings up the issue of taking pictures since you cannot see what you're shooting.
    Putting it on the back like the iPhone for picture taking would make vid conferencing nearly impossible. The whole two-place issue leaves one group of consumers dissatisfied and upset.

    I'm not saying that not having a camera is a good thing; not mentioning any form of consideration is a bad thing as everyone then is disappointed, but if you think of the issues of the placement, it makes a small bit of sense.
    (I'm hoping that they're looking into a higher-quality compact camera for the iPad. A good screen deserves a great camera to accompany it)

    And to whomever said Flash, yes. Flash is a must. Hopefully multitasking and flash will be ready by time for release, but who knows?
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    http://daringfireball.net/2010/01/appleadobeflash was a rather interesting article about Macs and Flash.
  • monolu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Nice article but I think it's really all politics. I understand that Flash is a mediocre program, I've been using it for years and I constantly have problems with it, but unfortunately it's the most used program on the web. So Apple, if you really want to please your consumers, allow your apps to run Flash and let Flash crash! Then Adobe will have to deal with millions of complaining mac/iphone/ipad/ipod users. I have been complaining about Flash problems with Hulu for years now.

    And to stay within the iPad discussion. Where do you put the webcam? Obviously on the top frame of the pad like any other screen on Notebooks/Netbooks. The purpose of the webcam is to use it for the web. I wouldn't be carrying the iPad around to take pictures like a real camera. Even better, allow it to swivel so it follows you around if you move the iPad.
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