Bigger, Better Front-Facing Camera Coming to iPad? [Rumor]

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Pictures of a new and improved front-facing camera have emerged, but whether it’s for the iPad 3 or a future model is unclear.

BGR has posted photos purporting to be a new display assembly for the iPad. It features a bigger opening for the front-facing camera, suggesting a HD camera is coming.

BGR claims the new assembly if for the “iPad 4,” but whether that’s an upgrade to the current iPad or a completely different model is unclear. The current iPad is rumored to get an upgrade at Apple’s press event on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.

In addition to the iPad mini, Apple may release a full-size iPad upgrade with a lightning connector and better worldwide LTE networking.

BGR speculates:

…the front-facing camera cutout is larger than the previous model, allowing Apple to include a bigger sensor. We’d bet that Apple will continue the 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera from the iPhone 5 and iPod touch here.

The iPad currently offers a VGA-quality front-facing camera; but the new iPhone 5’s camera is high-def, capturing 720p video and 1.2MP photos.

Apple’s press event for the iPad mini (and maybe other goodies) starts at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST on Tuesday, October 23rd.

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