Apple iPad External Camera Spotted

The Apple iPad lacks a few things. One of those things is a camera which would make it a perfect device for video calls. A company has decided to make an external webcam for the Apple [AAPL] iPad. It comes from a company called Photofast and right now in prototype form, uses a regular Microsoft [MSFT] webcam connected to the dock port. We do hear that when launched it will look very different.

What it will allow the iPad to do is make video calls using services such as Skype. Note that the details in the photo show a camera capable of 640 x 480 pixels with a 200 meg sensor. I think they mean it has a 2 megapixel sensor.

The device it’s self is quite complicated to create, perhaps due to restrictions that Apple have in place for the iPad although Photofast did say to Pocket-Lint that they expect to have a working version ready for later this year.

Although it looks to be a great idea for the iPad, I still kind of dislike the fact that the iPad could easily of had a camera integrated, avoiding the need for 3rd party accessories to be made. No doubt we’ll see the addition of a camera or two on the next-gen iPad next year.

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