Whatever your view on the iPad, almost everyone agrees it needs a camera. And most people agree it will probably get a camera in the future.
According to reports on Reuters that moment is close at hand after component manufacturers, gearing up for a new wave of production in 2011 suggested they are preparing to incorporate one.
Touchscreen chip designer Wintek, battery maker Simplo Technology Co and AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers, are among suppliers for the next batch of iPads, four people familiar with the situation said, according to Reuters.
Furthermore, two of the companies confirmed they were preparing for a new round of production in the first quarter for components previously supplied for the original iPad, while two said the ramp-up was for a new iPad.
Tantalisingly, one of those said the revamped model would feature cameras on the front and rear, while the other manufacturer said the new model would be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display.
The news will no doubt have iPad-aficionados salivating at the prospect of finally being able to take photos and make and receive video-calls with their beloved device, even if it means they have to buy a new one.
The rest of us will be glad we waited, knowing full well Apple was just holding back what was a clearly going to be a future feature of its market-leading product.
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