The iPhone camera is one of the handier ways to take photos anywhere, any time and the iPad is also slated to get one or more cameras. What all can we expect in the near future from Apple mobile devices?
The aphorism that the best camera for the job is the one you have with you has never been more accurate and meaningful as with the camera on the iPhone 4. It is so incredibly handy to whip the iPhone out of your pocket or purse and be able to come away with a decent image when you don’t have any of your better cameras with you. There are enough settings and options, like zoom, focus, and flash, that you can handle most conditions and although 5 megapixels is not a lot, it’s not exactly chopped liver, either. In all likelihood, it is going to get even better in the next generation.
The iPhone 4 already has two cameras, one facing forward and one back. This will certainly continue to be the case with the iPhone 5, due out in June of 2011. It is also rumored that the next generation iPad, due out in April, will also have two cameras, a large improvement over no cameras at all. There has been little to no information in the tech press giving details about the cameras on either device, according to an LA Times story. Both devices will also have FaceTime and Photo Booth when they are announced, as well, making it possible to take advantage of both cameras, including videoconferencing with services such as Skype.
There was also a rumor late last week about some developer features found in the new programmers iOS4 kit that would support social networking features via a photo stream, giving iPhone and iPad users direct access to the photos of their friends. This could be implemented in a number of ways, but it may well be piggy-backed onto Apple’s music-oriented social networking experiment, Ping.