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Next Generation iPad to Include Camera?

The hiring of a camera engineer at Apple has sparked rumours that future models of the iPad could feature an integrated camera.

A listing on the company website that requests a "quality assurance engineer" is requesting a candidate who would work on video and stills capture within the iPad media team. The job spec says the company is looking for a "software quality engineer with a strong technical background to test still, video and audio capture and playback frameworks".

Not only this but technology experts have already identified a slot within the frame of the iPad that is exactly the same size as the Apple iSight camera.

There is evidence of plans for iSight camera support in the iPad's software code as well as code within the address book that would allow users to add a picture to an entry either by selecting one already stored on the iPad, or by taking a new photo.

Following its release in the US earlier this month, one of the most common criticisms of the device was the lack of camera.

Industry experts have declared that they believe Apple had always intended to include a camera in the iPad. They predict it will be able to be utilised as a stand-alone video and stills camera as well as a webcam.

Experts predict that the camera was not included in the original model to ensure that units could be produced cheaply enough to meet the required entry-level price of $499.

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