Rumor: Second Generation iPad Gets Exclusive Camera Lens Supplier
Apple certainly loves exclusive deals. Such may once again be the case if a new report out this morning from DigiTimes
proves correct. According to information gathered by the publication, a Taiwan-based firm has been tapped to be the exclusive provider of camera lens modules for the iPad 2, which may be ready for mass-market roll out as early as March 2011.
Largan Precision - the supposed camera lens provider in question - isn't dishing many details for now. Largan, however, is believed to be the supplier of the 5-megapixel lens modules for the iPhone 4. While some are assuming that the same camera lens module from the latest iPhone will similarly find a home on the second generation iPad, there is no concrete evidence to suggest how many megapixels the rumored iPad camera will sport.
As widely expected by industry analysts, the iPad 2 will heavily concentrate upon social networking attributes, most significantly, with the arrival of FaceTime and a corresponding front facing camera (not to mention a rear facing camera for photos and improved gameplay). The emergence of FaceTime last summer on the iPhone 4 has continued to drive mega sales of the revolutionary Apple smartphone. Since Apple appears more than pleased with Largan Precision's suspected work on iPhone 4, many are taking heed of the first-ever report to name the same organization as a possible sole supplier of the camera lens component required by the next generation iPad.