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  • Apple is Hiring for The iPad Team: Calling All Camera Experts!


    In what some are considering to be incontrovertible evidence that Apple is adding still and video camera functionality to a future iPad model, there is a job opening at Apple that portends favorably for those hoping that the new tablet will ultimately get a camera of some sort.

    Even though the job listing was posted two month ago (shortly after the tablet was announced), the opening was discovered only this week.

    So what does the job entail exactly? Well, here's what Apple is looking for: a "Performance QA Engineer, iPad Media" to assist Apple's Interactive Media Group. Most interestingly, however, the individual who becomes Apple's newest software quality engineer is required to have extensive experience pertinent to still, video, and audio capture and playback frameworks.

    Apple wants this person to help take the media experience "to the next level." How would that be achieved exactly? More than likely, via the iPad. And while both new and prospective iPad owners don't have a laundry list of complains about the new device - at least not yet anyway - a recurring complaint is that the tablet lacks the trusty camera we've all come to know and love via our iPhones.

    While the initial reaction to the job posting prompted many to link the opening exclusively to the iPad and its future updated versions, let's not forget about future generations of the iPhone. The iPhone OS 3.2 SDK, after all, has turned up references to "video chat," resulting, naturally, in speculation that Apple could push a front-facing camera in forthcoming upgraded mobile devices.

    Ultimately, there's no definitive information about what the new hire at Apple will actually do. But the developments that could result from the new position are just too exciting to ignore.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple is Hiring for The iPad Team: Calling All Camera Experts! started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      i dont think they will hire just because of adding camera...
    1. beepFTW's Avatar
      beepFTW -
      true
    1. francesthemute19's Avatar
      francesthemute19 -
      Seems plausible to me
    1. Mike_7318's Avatar
      Mike_7318 -
      i hate how companies, not just apple, will release a model of a product without certain features that are deemed standard for such devices. It's even more annoying to see how people rush to stores to buy or order these products and know they are getting screwed over. It's obvious that they are going to release much better models of the ipad eventually and for less money. Apple is getting much more cynical with their popularity and they continue to walk all over the people who support them the most.
    1. cavids's Avatar
      cavids -
      Did Apple opt to exclude a couple fetures that most would consider essential? Yes, why, who knows, will that stop me from buying, depends on the feature, the camera not bieng there is minor to me. The fact that it cannot be used as a mass storage device is terrible, but I can still live with it, the fact that it really does not have a real meaningful hard drive capabile of even housing all my music, is a pain, but again not stopping me from getting it, just enough to *****. the dealbreaker, and still not quita dealbreaker is the fact that it is not setup to print. that is absurd, considering what they made it for. the idea was, from my point of view to be a tablet style netbook, combined with a itouch and E-reader. set to replace all of those. That in mind the no print is the biggest letdown to me, even though I did buyone, and for now it is doing great as a E-reader, and itouch, and halfway decent as a netbook. It still need the print and flash support to be okay as the netbook
    1. iluveunc's Avatar
      iluveunc -
      Very interesting...I think they may be looking for people beyond just adding a camera. Maybe video chat or something like that.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike_7318 View Post
      i hate how companies, not just apple, will release a model of a product without certain features that are deemed standard for such devices. It's even more annoying to see how people rush to stores to buy or order these products and know they are getting screwed over. It's obvious that they are going to release much better models of the ipad eventually and for less money. Apple is getting much more cynical with their popularity and they continue to walk all over the people who support them the most.
      Dude thats how a business works...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      For just to make a built-in camera?! Why Apple? You could have done this a long time ago!
    1. jcal08's Avatar
      jcal08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cavids View Post
      Did Apple opt to exclude a couple fetures that most would consider essential? Yes, why, who knows, will that stop me from buying, depends on the feature, the camera not bieng there is minor to me. The fact that it cannot be used as a mass storage device is terrible, but I can still live with it, the fact that it really does not have a real meaningful hard drive capabile of even housing all my music, is a pain, but again not stopping me from getting it, just enough to *****. the dealbreaker, and still not quita dealbreaker is the fact that it is not setup to print. that is absurd, considering what they made it for. the idea was, from my point of view to be a tablet style netbook, combined with a itouch and E-reader. set to replace all of those. That in mind the no print is the biggest letdown to me, even though I did buyone, and for now it is doing great as a E-reader, and itouch, and halfway decent as a netbook. It still need the print and flash support to be okay as the netbook



      Dude, are you high? you just named ALL the reasons not to get an Ipad, but did.?
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Sweet I love my iPad now can't wait for version 2
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      u.hhhhhhhh....
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      lol guess well see a camera with video or picture only nxt year
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Honestly, could you imagine holding that huge iPod up to take a picture? LOL!
      They would have to make a tripod for it!