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iPad 2 May Only Have 1 Megapixel Camera

After weeks of speculation and rumors surrounding the iPad 2, many users are hopeful that the new device will feature front- and rear-facing cameras, however, some may be disappointed to find that the device’s rear camera may only be 1 megapixel. 9to5 Mac have been digging around in the latest iOS 4.3 SDK for Apple’s tablet device, and have discovered a file that suggests the iPad 2’s cameras may be similar to those featured in the 4th-generation iPod touch.

Found within the ‘AVCaptureSession.plist’ file in the ‘K94’ directory is the mention of a ‘Back Facing 1MP Photo’ string. K94 being the internal codename of the iPad 2, according to sources for 9to5 Mac. This discovery crushes the hopes of those of us that were wishing for a fancy 5 megapixel camera that some rumors had suggested, although the device would still be capable of shooting 720p video.

Why the second-generation device will only feature such a low resolution camera has certainly left some us wondering why Apple made this decision. It could be a move to save on the production costs of the iPad, however, I believe it may have something to do with size.

The iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera because it’s thick enough to fit the camera module inside, although, the 4th-generation iPod touch features only a 0.7 megapixel camera because it’s too thin for anything else. Could this be the same reason the iPad 2 doesn’t feature anything fancier? Could the next release of the iPad be as thin as some of the mockups we’ve seen doing the rounds?

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