Aside from housing the same display as its year-old predecessor, most of the criticism the iPad 2 received was aimed at its cameras. And between its VGA-quality front-facing sensor and dismal rear shooter, it was well-warranted.

But it looks like things will be different this time around. The latest iPad 3 rumor suggests that Apple’s upcoming tablet will feature some major camera upgrades, including a front camera capable of FaceTime HD, and more…

The gossip comes from iLounge Editor in Chief Jeremy Horwitz, who started tweeting iPad 3 details this afternoon. He credits his knowledge to an unnamed source who has apparently seen the unannounced tablet.

From his Twitter timeline:

“A few next-gen iPad notes, ahead of the show. Both cameras are getting upgrades. Front goes HD, rear becomes iPhone 4/4S-like (bigger). Body of the next iPad is, as we previously reported, getting just a little thicker to accommodate new parts – little = 1mm give or take. Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accomodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.

Incidentally, our source believes that the next iPad’s rear camera will be the same as iPhone 4S’s, b/c camera hole is very similar.”

We’re not familiar with Horwitz’s track record regarding rumors, but an iPad 3 with upgraded cameras doesn’t seem very far-fetched. The tablet is almost certain to feature a higher resolution display than its predecessors, so it would essentially need higher-res cameras to keep up.

Horwitz notes that the new tablet will debut some time around late February or early March, starting at $499 as usual. He also says it looks like Apple will be keeping the iPad 2 around for $399, with the possibility of an even cheaper model with lower internal storage (think $299 8GB model).

We think, by the sound of things, that Apple’s next-generation iPad is shaping up rather nicely. And in the face of growing competition, it needs to hit a homerun with it if it wants to continue dominating the tablet market.

  • I have an original iPad and with the exception of iPad 2 I still think there is nothing Android based to rival it. I think Apple are falling more behind in the phone wars rather than the tablet wars. I have 4S and really am wondering why I upgraded from my 4??? Siri is poor outside of the States. The message “I can only search for businesses in the United States and when using US English” really pisses me off.

    What the bloody hell is US English anyway?

    Rant over…..

    • Anonymous

      Galaxy Tab is pretty good although what makes something better is more what an individual wants from a machine, at the end of the day what use is a tablet with the best specs of anything out there if the person buying it only wants to look at ebooks or occasional net surfing.

      US English btw is weird to me being from the UK, they spell words differently like “Centre” would be “Center” in the US and “Paedophile” here would be “Pedophile” lol

  • It wouldn’t be too hard to improve the iPad camera from the piece of shit that it is now.

  • Thomas Gehman

    It better have an upgraded camera!!!!!!

  • Dan

    I really couldn’t care less about the iPad camera. The device itself is too big and unwieldy to take take pictures with.

  • Anonymous

    Should I wait to buy an IPad 2? I´m ready to buy it but I´m afraid Ipad3 come out soon

  • Kok Hean

    Imagine everyone’s surprise when Apple announces the iPad 2S ._.