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iOS 4.3 beta 3 points to 3MP iPad 2 camera? (Updated)

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011
News Categories: iPad

Code found within the third beta version of iOS 4.3 suggests the second-generation iPad will ship with a three megapixel camera. Web developer Chris Galzerano, who inspected the beta, claims that a plist file led him to a folder called “N88” which contained another plist file describing a three megapixel camera for photography use. Another plist file inspected by Galzerano suggested that the device will record 720p video—consistent with earlier reports—and that it would contain both a compass and DisplayPort compatibility, the latter either through a new physical port or, more likely, a new 30-pin dongle. As prior reports have had differing conclusions on the specifications of the second-generation iPad’s rear-facing sensor—including one based on code from the prior iOS 4.3 beta which claimed that it would be a one megapixel sensor—it remains difficult to state with any certainty which is correct.

Update: 9 to 5 Mac, which previously claimed the second-generation iPad would have a one megapixel camera, reports that the “N88” designation as referenced by Galzerano actually refers to the iPhone 3GS, thus explaining the reference to a three megapixel camera inside that folder’s plist file, thus disproving Galzerano’s findings. The report goes on to state that all iOS devices refer to the 30-pin Dock Connector as a “displayport,” and that the iPad 2’s actual codename is K94.

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1

A 3.0MP Camera on a iPad is a good start.  I can live with that.

Posted by Dennis on February 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM (PDT)

2

The iPhone keeps getting more pointless. I’m more convinced that an iPad2 + dumbphone (e.g. the Nokia C3) is my next step.

Posted by Farnsworth on February 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

3

@2- you would think (and I have pondered the same thing myself), but (for me at least) the iPad just isn’t portable enough.  My iPhone is always with me in my pocket, but I don’t usually bother taking the iPad with me.  I do think that hotspot tethering will make the 3G iPad pointless for owners of tethering-capable smartphones.  For those that would take their iPad almost everywhere, I agree.  Surely a Nokia is a much better phone than an iPhone.

Posted by Dyvim on February 4, 2011 at 8:18 AM (PDT)

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