Everyday I am flooded with reports about how the iPad 2 is going to have a camera. Every report seems to have gotten hold of some blueprint of the new iPad that is so “top secret” that it makes it sound like they had to break into Fort Know to get a hold of it. I know that trying to be the first to identify all of Apple’s new technology is very important to some people, but recently I thought “do I really care if the iPad has a camera”.
Let’s be honest people, if you have an iPad, you probably are sporting some type of smart-phone or iPod Touch to go along with it. My guess is that 99% of people who jump in line to buy the iPad 2 when it is released will already have some form of mobile devices that takes decent pictures. So, why does it matter that the iPad 2 will have a camera? Odds are that the image quality is not going to be much better than your phone or other device, if it is even better at all.
Personally, the appeal of an iPad is not so I can capture once-in-a-lifetime images that happen while I am least suspecting. If that does happen, I’ll have my phone with me, so it will be no big deal. An iPad however, is the larger equivalent of my iPhone, and a slightly smaller equivalent of my laptop. Do I care that my laptop doesn’t take pictures? No, because I don’t use my laptop for those things. I’ve never been driving along when I came upon a beautiful sunset and thought “better get out my laptop to take a picture”, nor will I do the same with an iPad. That beautiful sunset is captured in by my iPhone, which fits nicely in my pocket, and is easy to access and use.
So, while I am sure that the iPad 2 is going to be an awesome advancement of the iPad, I couldn’t care less about whether or not it boasts a camera. Frankly, I think it is a waste of technology and could be better fashioned with something more useful, maybe a bottle opener or a winch. You give me an iPad that opens my beer/soda while I’m using it, I’ll be an Apple fan for life. Regardless, I’ll probably be one of the first in line when the iPad 2 comes out, but not for the camera, just because I am a nerd like that. So, please stop filling my news feed with information about the iPad 2’s camera, and fill it with something of importance, like Sarah Palin’s social life.