Next iPad to get some "face time?"

A grainy, fuzzy photo may suggest Apple is working on adding FaceTime, its face-to-face video call technology, to the next generation iPad. The move would add two cameras to the iPad, one front facing and one the back with a microphone.

FaceTime was introduced with the iPhone 4, and is now available on the new iPod touch, introduced last week.


A site dedicated to Apple stories, including rumors, 9to5 Mac claims the image (below) is an "iPad testing next-gen firmware in the field and those settings are for video call debugging." 9to5 Mac adds the debug screen is similar to those spotted shortly before the iPhone 4 was launched earlier this year.

As we reported previously, new 5.6- and 7-inch iPads may arrive later in the year, or early next year.  The smaller models would evidently target the e-book reader market, separating them from the 9.7-inch model, which mainly targets multimedia entertainment.

What do you think?  How likely is it that the new iPad will feature a camera, possibly more than one, and Face Time capabilities?