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That’s either a very symmetrically placed piece of dust… OR….


OK, I won’t say the iPad is going to ship with a camera, or even that that is what we are seeing here in Apple’s iPad ad, but as faithful Macenstein reader Mike points out, that does kinda sorta look like the spot a camera WOULD go, if the iPad DID have a camera.

So, did they use a prototype for the commercial? Or is it simply a well-placed, (beveled) piece of dust? Is it the guy who hangs himself in the background of the Wizard of OZ? Why are we looking frame by frame at a commercial?

I don’t know, but it seems to only appear on that 1 iPad in the ad (about 4 seconds in). Weird.

13 Responses to “That’s either a very symmetrically placed piece of dust… OR….”
  1. Eric M. says:

    Ambient light sensor, perhaps?

  2. the_0ne says:

    The iPad with an embedded camera is only going to be given out to high school students. sheesh, don’t you read the news??? 😉

  3. Tony says:

    Puts on tin foil hat… Amazon product description for the book pictured “Deeper Than The Dead” says it is set in 1984 and is about the “See No Evil Killer”. I Want To Believe.

  4. @the_0ne


    – The Doc

  5. Ruben says:

    Could be the light sensor for adjusting the screen brightness. The iPhone has three such “spots” behind the display left to the speaker.

  6. Florian says:

    Or it’s just the thingamajig that triggers the whoknowswhat resulting in major getaloadofthat!

  7. mangochutney says:

    Ambient light sensor anyone?

  8. Patrick says:

    It’s clearly the reality distortion field generator.

  9. Richard says:

    I believe its the ‘HOME’ button, as the person is holding the unit upside down – cant see clearly because of playback controls

  10. Digital Mercenary says:

    The blurred text under the spot actually says “sees all”

  11. ObamaPacman says:

    Hum, can’t tell. It doesn’t help that the iPhone sensors are the same size as the iSight camera built into Macs.

    However if it’s just one dot then it might only be be sensor.

  12. matt says:

    I agree. Its upside down.

  13. davewhipped goliath says:

    No camera check out the tech specs at

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