ipad mini camera

Get ready, it looks like iPad-wielding picture-takers are about to multiply. According to a new report, Apple is going to beef up the iSight cameras in both its fifth generation iPad and second generation iPad mini this year.

Highly regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a note to investors this afternoon, claiming that the two tablets—which are expected to be unveiled later this month—will feature 8-megapixel shooters with larger apertures…

Here’s an excerpt from the note (via MacRumors):

“We predict Apple (US) will launch new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 (so called retina iPad mini) in 4Q13. As the tablet market becomes increasingly competitive, Apple could upgrade the camera as a selling point for the new iPad in a bid to increase competitiveness. We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade.”

As Kuo mentions, both the iPad 4 and current-gen iPad mini sport 5MP cameras, so this would be a significant improvement for the devices. He also believes they’ll feature a similar aperture to that found in the iPhone 5s.

It sounds like the two tablets are set to receive big upgrades. The iPad 5 will be getting a redesign, while the mini is said to be getting a Retina display and Touch ID. And both have been rumored to run variations of the A7.

Recent reports have suggested that supplies for the Retina iPad mini will be extremely limited at launch time, but that’s not expected to affect its unveiling. We’re looking for a media event to take place sometime this month.

  • Jonathan

    • Mohammed Sahib

      No matter how many times I see this pic, I laugh! Especially when used in such context.

      • Jonathan

        My job is done then. 😛

      • Nate McKelvie

        I have to agree, the pic cracks me up every time

  • Falk M.

    2011’s iPhone 4s called: “better late than never”

    • mehrab

      Tablets of today cannot beat the 4th gen ipad and minis camera so whats your point? Their ahead of the compeitetors thats all they need to do

  • Blaqheart

    Still on the fence about people such as parents that tote a full size iPad with them to family events snapping pics when they have their iPhone in the pocket…

    • Andy

      Oh yes, I was at Disneyland Paris and saw a bunch of people snapping photos with full-sized iPads. I can’t help but cringe every time I see an that happen. I would rather bring a real camera if I had to choose between one of them. I find my iPad 2 picture’s quality tend to be very average.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Well the iPad 2 has a terrible camera, iPad 2 back camera is 1280 x 720pixels or 0.92MP.

        As far as people taking pics with iPad, I have a store on pier 39 and I see people every day walking around with it using it as their main camera. I will admit though for things such as recording a video it is kind of nice because with such a big screen you feel more in the moment than disconnected like you get looking through a view finder, but I still don’t think pictures with the iPad is really for me lol

  • bn326160

    Guess I won’t use my iPhone 4 anymore once I get a new iPad. Oh god.. Will I take pictures with an iPad? Will I become one of them?!

    • Jonathan

      Yes, yes you will. 😀

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Also the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 is getting the finger print scanner Touch ID

    youtube. com/watch?v=U6zEOiPlYtw

    • Andy

      iPad 5 / iPad mini 2 is better than getting an iPhone 5c for sure.

  • bigtalk

    soo same cam as 5S?

  • Mr.Ocean

    Something tells me the Mini 2 will be an expensive device…
    They will probably keep the mini 1 hanging around at the same pricepoint it has now.

    • bn326160

      I think the mini was a bit overpriced because better features were in the pipeline from the start.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Who needs a higher MP on a tablet? And besides specs dont matter right?!

    • AR

      Ahem Ahem ! Did you just say specs dont matter 😛

    • mehrab

      8 mp is reqiured so that your pictures look good printed out and also its abit sharper

  • The New Millenium (Y2J)

    Can anyone please tell me the rumored media event date for the iPads? I feel like I saw it a few weeks ago but can’t remember. Thanks!

  • batongxue

    Nice.
    Now just release them.

  • Yunsar

    Will they have the 5S camera or 4S/5/5C camera?