Steve Jobs surely didn’t tell us everything about the iPad when it was unveiled last Wednesday. This must be part of his business strategy to keep some of these features for the future version of iPad, just like what they did with the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and then 3GS.
Although iPad does not include a camera in its current configuration, but Apple at least has laid the foundation for one in the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK. Interestingly, Engadget has confirmed with some extremely trusted dev sources that iPhone OS 3.2 contains rudimentary support for video calling. Apart from this, support for SMS and phone calling has also been discovered running on the iPad Simulator found in iPhone OS 3.2 SDK.
Some of the features that have been found in iPhone OS 3.2 SDK includes:
- Support for Video Conferencing
- Some sort of multitasking
- File downloads, uploads and local storage via web browser (Mobile Safari)
- Landscape orientation of the homescreen
- Phone calls and SMS capability for iPad (3G models only).
- Spell checker in all text fields with multiple dictionaries and user added entries
- Included dictionaries: Apple Dictionary, New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, Shogakukan Daijisen, Shogakukan Progressive English-Japanese Japanese-English Dictionary, and Shogakukan Ruigo Reikai Jiten (may also be used for a Dictionary app perhaps?)
- Richer text support for apps
- Ability to selectively draw to external displays (via VGA)
- Handwriting keyboard (for the rumored stylus perhaps?)
- Location aware ads in Maps.
These features found in the SDK strongly suggests that video conferencing along with multitasking may be coming along down the road for the iPad, and perhaps for the next-gen iPhone as well.
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