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Posted at 9:07 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Report: New iPad spotted at The Daily launch

By Hayley Tsukayama

A Reuters report that a "Reuters eyewitness" got a glimpse of an unreleased version of the iPad at Wednesday's launch of The Daily.

The sighting -- which oddly didn't come with any photographs -- seems to confirm the widely reported rumor that the next generation of the iPad will have a front-facing camera.

The lack of visual evidence has gotten Reuters some ribbing in the tech press, especially since the Reuters source was the only person to see the device in a room full of press people. (For example, this TechCrunch headline.) The blog Macgasm even goes so far as to speculate that the whole thing may not have happened. "My best guess is that either Apple tipped off Reuters, or Reuters made it up," Macgasm's Joshua Schnell wrote in a Wednesday evening blog post. "We don't have proof of either, but those are the most likely scenarios."

The sighting did not confirm any other rumored features, including a rear-facing camera.

According to the report, "a source with knowledge of the device confirmed its existence, adding that the final release model could have other features."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 3, 2011; 9:07 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Tablets  
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The iPad 2 is in the works for sure. I have seem pictures of the new screen (without case or guts). But from the various rumors I am guessing the only new features will be front and rear camera, upgraded screes, a docking port on the landscape side. Other than that it does not appear to have any extraordinary upgrades.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | February 3, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I would argue that it doesn't need "extraordinary upgrades." When it works well, refinement is what's needed. That's why Apple sold 15m to customers, Samsung sold 2m to stores and everyone else went back to the drawing board.

Posted by: eternalemperor | February 4, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Good grief. The iPad is too large to lug around as a camera! I have a flip that fits in my pocket. Be real people. This obsession with having a device that "does it all" means having a device that does it all expensively and often inadequately, even from Apple. (FYI, I have an iPad.)

Posted by: ccs53 | February 4, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The front-facing camera (assuming that's really a new feature) won't be there with the thought that people will lug their iPads around to use as cameras. It'll be there so people can use their iPads to videochat via Facetime.

Posted by: 0073 | February 4, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I see the point of a front facing camera, but not the rear camera. Like it has already been said, its too big to use as a camera.

Posted by: patrickgama7 | February 4, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The IPad and those of competitors will replace the cumbersome laptop soon. A front facing camera will allow those who use Skype or other video communication services to use their IPad, something that was indeed missing.

I've been waiting for this feature to be added to the IPad and look forward to its release.

Posted by: Redchaser | February 4, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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