New Full-Sized iPad to Have Upgraded FaceTime Camera?

BGR posts what it claims to be photos from a new iPad's display assembly. BGR refers to the part as an "iPad 4" part but is somewhat uncertain about exactly what the part could represent.

Apple is believed to be working on a revised full-size iPad (in addition to the iPad mini) that could also be launched on Tuesday as part of their media event. The new iPad would have a lightning connector and expanded LTE support. And, according to BGR, could have an improved FaceTime camera:

ipad 4 front facing camera
They point to an enlarged front-camera opening as evidence that Apple could be upgrading the front-camera on this new iPad.

The most noticeable changes we can see are the fact that the front-facing camera cutout is larger than the previous model, allowing Apple to include a bigger sensor.

A larger sensor could allow for a higher quality camera. At the moment, the iPad's front camera offers "VGA-quality" photos. Notably, the iPhone 5's front-facing camera was upgraded to 720p video and 1.2MP photos, suggesting this is a direction they could also take the iPad.

BGR acknowledges that the part, however, could be for a future iPad update.

Apple's media event kicks off on 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern on Tuesday, October 23rd.

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Top Rated Comments

DestroVega Avatar
151 months ago
Anyone selling their 7-month-old iPad to get a tweaked new one is just insane to me. If you want a smaller mini I could understand but jeez. I had a hard time justifying the jump from iPhone 4 to 5 to myself. They could make the tweaked iPad 1.5x faster and I'd still be fine with the 7-month old "obsolete" model.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aluminum213 Avatar
151 months ago
Here come the tears
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sabu213 Avatar
151 months ago
My "New Ipad's" response to all these leaks

My "New Ipad's" response to all these leaks
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slimbek Avatar
151 months ago
I can definitely see the Apple website frontpage showing a refreshed fullsize iPad and new iPad Mini together with some fancy headline about how its all in the family or some such.

Otherwise:
1) the Mini will have no clear sense of scale vs the normal iPad when just looking at website pics
2) Showing 2 family products side-by-side with different dock connectors doesn't make sense for Apple.


But I expect I'll be proven wrong.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sasza Avatar
151 months ago
Here come the tears

Dont' worry, new camera & connector will make Safari run snappier :D
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AustinIllini Avatar
151 months ago
I'm still not convinced they'll call it the iPhone 5.

But seriously, a small delta improvement is no big deal as long as Apple doesn't expect it to be earth shattering.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)