Next-gen iPad 'to feature camera'
Apple is hiring an iPad camera engineer, sparking rumours that future models could feature an integrated camera
A listing on the Apple website shows the company is hiring a quality assurance engineer to work on video and stills capture with the iPad media team.
The company is seeking a "software quality engineer with a strong technical background to test still, video and audio capture and playback frameworks" across its iPhone, iPod and iPad product range.
The job posting has fuelled speculation that the next-generation version of the iPad will feature the camera.
Technology experts have already discovered a slot within the iPad's frame that is exactly the right size for an Apple iSight camera.
There is also evidence of future plans for camera support in the iPad's software code.
Developers found code within the iPad's address book that would allow users to add a picture to an entry either by selecting one already stored on the iPad, or by taking a new photo.
The lack of a camera has been one of the biggest criticisms levied against the iPad, which went on sale in the US earlier this month.
Gadget fans in the UK and other countries will have to wait until the end of May to get their hands on the touch-screen, tablet-style computer, after Apple pushed back the shipping deadline for the product, citing "overwhelming demand".
Apple will start accepting pre-orders for the device on May 10, when it will also announce UK pricing information.
Industry experts believe that Apple had always intended to include a camera in the iPad, which could be used as a stand-alone video and stills camera as well as a webcam, but were unable to produce units cheaply enough to meet the desired $499 entry-level price point.