The latest iPhone OS beta clearly shows a camera and LED flash for the iPod Touch and iPad.
It's an uncanny coincidence that news of the latest iPhone OS beta happened to surface just a day after an iPod Touch with a built-in camera appeared on the streets of Vietnam. As if to back up the hands-on video seen Wednesday, there are now reports that iPhone OS 4 Beta 4 shows signs of a built-in camera with LED flash for both the iPod Touch and the iPad. That's right, Apple's fresh new tablet is slated to receive a camera too.
An examination of the operating system's code revealed commands and values for the LED flash function that defines the ON, OFF, and AUTO modes. A further inspection then revealed all three Apple devices in the Flash Disabled portion, listing messages including "The iPad needs to cool down before you can use the flash." Another portion confirms the iPod Touch camera under the "TIFFMAKE" section. There's certainly no question that the latest OS plans to support the hardware.
On an additional note, iPhone OS 4 Beta also made references to Mac OS 10.7 in the AVMediaFormat section. The inclusion of the 10.7 code could indicate that the OS will hit the market sometime within the iPhone OS 4.0 lifespan: June 2010 to June 2011.
Naturally everything discovered here with iPhone OS 4 Beta 4 is unconfirmed by Apple, and doesn't really indicate that the next generation of devices will feature the indicated hardware. However, if Wednesday's video is indeed the real deal, users may see the camera-endowed iPod Touch rear its head later this year. Maybe since the proverbial cat is out of the bag, Jobs and Co. will give up on keeping secrets and lay it all out for fans during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month.