Originally Posted by wizard69
One is the restrictions some of us have to deal with in respect to cameras. The easiest solution in these cases is to buy devices without cameras. If Apple is indeed targeting the corporate or medical worlds a model without a camera might be a requirement. Especially the medical world where there is an almost irrational demand for privacy.
The second issue is that some of us simply would prefer to not have the possibility of video conferencing built into a cell phone or tablet. Mostly that is due to the fear of having it turned on at the wrong time. ** This is assuming that you can turn it on and off as you see fit. Even outside of the embarrassing moments I'm not too thrilled with the idea of video conferencing.
There's no privacy problem for business or government. Apple already provides a way for business and gov to turn the camera off. There's no reason why it couldn't be done with a tablet s well.
For personal use that is great if both parties enjoy it. I'm not here to say it would not be an attractive feature just that there are opposing issues. For Apple the smart thing would be to build device with and without.
No. Too many skeu's. Just the option to turn it off.
Actually I'm really wishing for standard USB ports on the tablet just for things like this. That is adding mobile hardware that Apple for what ever reason decided not to add. More importantly the tablet needs to support a kernel that allows for the installation of drivers.[/quote]
We all hope for some sort of port.
Well yes we are thinking corporate in some cases. That due to a solidly engineered tablet having a huge potential here. As to the younger generation that is very likely, I wasn't in touch when I was the younger generation!
However I think you mis something here too. Its the optical alignment of the camera on the tablet. Somebody mentioned the chin issue and frankly I see this as a real problem. A laptop or monitor can put that camera 12 or more inches above the table to make for a much more pleasing image. A table forces you to hand hold it in a pleasing position.
I don't see this as a problem. There are millions of web cams that have been put on the desk, below the monitor. People seem fine with that. In addition, with a Macbook on a table, the camera is below your chin, again, no problem. I don't see why this would be any worse.
Besides that, there are webcams above your head, clipped on top of monitors, no problem there either.
Would it be better if the cam was always at the perfect height, well, from the perspective of a professional in the business (me!), the answer is yes. But people in general don't seem to have a problem with it.
As a side note about answering a phone at the wrong time, the other day the phone went off while I was in the head. I instinctively answered it before even realizing that I was lets say tied up. If pervasive use of video phones becomes common that could be very embarrassing. One idea here is to make the feature location aware, so that when you are at Home all video functions get turned off.
I would hope that people get used to it, so that won't happen. The solution is easy. With an incoming call, just like in the SiFi novels, it would default to "no video" unless you specifically turn it on. Not too tough!