iOS 4.3 code reveals iPad camera, ''Find My Friends'' feature

Just two days after its release, the first beta of iOS 4.3 is apparently proving a goldmine for tech bloggers, with the latest discoveries hinting at a camera-enabled next-generation iPad and a new location-based feature.

While digging through the iOS 4.3 SDK, 9to5Mac tipster Sonny D has apparently discovered graphics that strongly suggest the next iPad will have a camera capable of both still and video captures.

That discovery came less than 24 hours after 9to5Mac staff did some digging of their own and also found graphical resources indicating a camera will be among the features added to the ''iPad 2'', which many are expecting Apple to announce within the next month. Interestingly, the resolution of the graphics is 1024x768 - the same resolution as the current generation iPad screen. That would seem to contradict claims from multiple sources - most recently Digg founder Kevin Rose - suggesting the next iPad will have a higher quality (though not necessarily Retina) display. All may not be lost, however, with 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman making the point that the iOS simulator may be limited to 1024x768.

Meantime, MacRumors reports Apple could be bringing a "Find My Friends" feature to iDevices in their next OS update. Settings discovered within the iOS code give little detail, but the name of the feature suggests something along the lines of Facebook's Places feature, or Google's Latitude service. Any new location-based feature would more than likely form part of the MobileMe suite, since it already includes the location-based ''Find My iPhone'' service.

Rounding off the barrage of iOS 4.3 news is confirmation of a Boy Genius Report report, again by 9to5Mac, that Apple will bring its Photo Booth application to mobile devices in the near future, with files in the latest iOS SDK containing clear references to the app. Check out all the visual evidence in the gallery below.

Image Credits: 9to5mac.com, MacRumors

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Interestingly, the resolution of the graphics is 1024x768 - the same resolution as the current generation iPad screen.

If this is the case, I will probably not be upgrading. The 2 things I would like to see improved from the original iPad: higher resolution screen and lighter weight. Performance can always be better, but for the applications the iPad has I wouldn't say any of them present any notable lag. The iPad 1 still feels like a more responsive platform than the Netbook I got a few months prior to the release of the iPad.

techbeck said,
Yea, I will keep with devices that give you the camera and other features with the first gen of the product.

So I take it if a really awesome Zune HD comes out with a camera on it you won't be interested because they could have had a camera in the first gen?

How exciting! I cant wait. I know I have been sucked in but I don't care, no one does next gen releases and creates excitement about them like Apple does.

I think the new iPad will have a higher resolution and the image found in the iOS suggesting 1024 x 768 resolution could be for a Camera Addon from Apple to give the 1st Gen iPad capability to take photos? Just a thought

SH3K0 said,
I think the new iPad will have a higher resolution and the image found in the iOS suggesting 1024 x 768 resolution could be for a Camera Addon from Apple to give the 1st Gen iPad capability to take photos? Just a thought

what about the games they are made for the current res, i dont think we will see a new res, Camera mm yea....

lflashl said,

what about the games they are made for the current res, i dont think we will see a new res,


Won't be hard for the developers to optimise the game for the new resolution, same thing happened when Retina Display came out.

Lachlan said,
umm so this is showing that the new ipad will be able to record video? holy cow! What a tiny accomplishment.

but for some that held out, that is all they really wanted added, like me for instance

Sais Shishir Ks said,
I knew it was coming... Apples loves to get its customer to buy the same products again.

Pretty much like all manufacturers or businesses.

Sais Shishir Ks said,
I knew it was coming... Apples loves to get its customer to buy the same products again.

No doubt, they were probably in a position to place at least a front facing camera in their first gen iPad (there was plenty of room in the enclosure) but probably held back on it in order to bolster iPad 2 sales. They were also saving FaceTime as an iPhone 4 feature at launch...

Thats their strategy, and it really isn't all that different from other companies and their approach to the market.