Apple Job Posting Suggests Still and Video Camera Capabilities for iPad

Posted on February 9, 2010 by

There have been rumors going around that the iPad Steve Jobs showed off on January 27 had a camera on it.  You can see what looks like a camera when zooming in on the video from the keynote.  Now there is more evidence that the iPad may be getting still and video camera capabilities with a job posting from Apple.  Whether the camera will be included in the first generation iPad is still unknown.  We may have to wait until the 2nd or 3rd generation models.

From Mac Rumors:
A new job posting on Apple’s site suggests that the company is preparing to add still and video camera capabilities to its iPad tablet device in the future. The position is for a quality assurance engineer in the Media Systems division of Apple’s broader Interactive Media Group and is specifically focused on the “iPad Media” segment of the division.

“The Media Systems team is looking for a software quality engineer with a strong technical background to test still, video and audio capture and playback frameworks. Build on your QA experience and knowledge of digital camera technology (still and video) to develop and maintain testing frameworks for both capture and playback pipelines.”

According to the job description, the employee will be responsible for assisting the development team by testing performance of their systems and developing appropriate tools for performing the testing.

“Familiarity with and interest in photography, video as well as media file formats is highly desirable. Experience with tuning of and image pipeline, including, but not limited to AWB, Color Correction, AutoExposure, FrameRate adjustments is a plus.”

The lack of a camera has been seen by many observers as a significant disappointment for the iPad. It does appear, however, that the iPad’s enclosure contains an empty space appropriate for a notebook-style iSight camera, and the resulting speculation has included thoughts that Apple had either planned to offer a camera in the iPad but pulled it for unknown reasons or is still planning to offer one in the shipping version but did not include discussion of it during the device’s introduction for similarly unknown reasons.

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