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Apple iPad 3 to have the same 8MP camera as iPhone 4S?

It’s looking more and more likely that the iPad 3, expected to be announced shortly after MWC this coming March will sport an 8-megapixel camera. Apple Daily’s images which can be seen below were brought to our attention by 9 to 5 Mac earlier today and illustrate the back-portion of the iPad 3. While it might look nigh-on identical to the iPad 2, a distinctly larger lens portion is evident.

A larger sensor would require a wider lens portion in order to retain a nice wide angle and it’s fair to say, the iPad 2’s camera is certainly due an upgrade. In turn, an 8-megapixel sensor looks plausible and would also compete directly with the other hot-slate of the moment, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Hopefully the same Sony camera-module found on the iPhone 4S or better will make its way onto the iPad 3 with its performance being amongst the best on a mobile. This would go a long way to address the notion that tablet cameras are poor-performers and take full advantage of some of the great tablet optimised imaging apps available in the App Store.

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