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Apple iPad to feature a webcam?

Mission Repair says frame features webcam slot

Despite the fact Steve Jobs has finally unveiled the much-rumoured Apple Tablet, which is officially known as the iPad, it doesn't stop the rumours on the web.

One of the biggest rumour circulating at the moment is the possibility of webcam, which some are suggesting would be embedded within the black screen bezel just like it is on the MacBook Pro while others say Apple may have been thinking about including a webcam, but ditched it at last the minute.

Mission Repair - an electronics repair shop in Kansas in the US - reported on its blog that the shop recently got its first batch of iPad spare parts.

Lo and behold, an internal frame for the iPad happens to have what looks like a slot for a webcam. Not only that, but MR says they tried placing a MacBook's iSight camera in the iPad frame, and MR says it fit perfectly.

Image Credit: Mission:Repair Blog

So is this proof the iPad was supposed to have a camera? Well, let's bear in mind the spare parts are likely to come from third-party suppliers in Asia.

hese companies have led us astray before with rumours of a front-facing camera for the iPhone and an iPhone nano, but third-party suppliers also gave us a sneak peek at the casing for the latest version of the iPod nano.

Before taking this rumour to the bank, we'll be interested to see if companies such as Rapid Repair, that typically release component breakdowns of Apple products after the products hit store shelves, also find this webcam slot.

If you weren't satisfied by Apple's offering of the iPad, basically a large iPod touch with a few extras, then get ready for the possibility of a MacPad, according to anonymous sources who spoke to TechCrunch.

This rumoured tablet would purportedly run off an Intel chip, and a touchscreen that could be as large as 15.4in (diagonal) - the same size as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The rumoured MacPad would not necessarily run a full-fledged version of OS X, but its operating system would be closer to OS X than to the iPhone OS.

Image Credit: GearCrave.com

TechCrunch is guessing we might see hints about this device as early as this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

There have been rumours that Mac OS X 10.7 could be introduced at this year's iteration of Apple's third-party software developer forum.

If Cupertino does launch 10.7 this year, and it emphasises a touch-based interface, watch out.

However, there are also rumours about a 22in touchscreen iMac coming soon, so keep in mind that tablet rumours could just be crossing streams with rumblings about the new iMac.

PC World

See also: Apple iPad 'will destroy market for MIDs'

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