Originally Posted by Marvin
I reckon they mean support for the .hdr format. Digital cameras can shoot .hdr files but you can't see them on location. With an iPad, you'd be able to import those files and preview them on the IPS display.
On the iPhone, the HDR support would mean taking multiple exposures to get a wider dynamic range but the iPhone seems to merge them itself into a .jpg and if so the HDR support on the iPad has no bearing on HDR support on the iPhone. If the iPhone gets the ability to store .hdr photos then it would mean you could view those on an iPad.
Dunno. Seems like a bit of a stretch. Jobs has just been talking about the HDR feature in iOS, then casually drops that the iPad also will bet getting the HDR feature, and we're supposed to assume he's using two distinct and completely different meanings of "HDR"? And one of those meanings is a slightly out of left field image processing feature involving DSLR imports?
It seems more likely that Jobs either misspoke (because he was rattling off new iOS features during the iPad bit and just forgot to edit) or the next iPad is getting a camera.
I think the latter is inevitable, the only surprising thing would be if Apple released a new iPad to coincide with the release of iOS 4.2. OTOH, Apple's never publicly stated that the iPad would adhere to the iPhone's once a year release schedule, so a late fall refresh wouldn't be a total shocker. Moreover, Apple's now had a good long look at Android's trajectory and know full well that a slew of Android based tablets are about to hit the market. They may have a somewhat more proactive schedule for getting hardware out there than they did last year at this time.