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Curious iPad 2 Camera Bug Generates Color-crazy Photos & Videos

A few days ago we reported the FaceTime app on the iPad 2 might have some issues with the cameras “freezing” on the last displayed video call until a user restarts the device. I experienced this problem personally and it’s very annoying, as it forces you to close everything and reboot. Yet the issues with iPad 2 cameras reported by Cult Of Mac (and other users in my Twitter timeline last week, too) certainly are more interesting. Mainly because the screenshots taken to demonstrate the issue are completely crazy.

I compiled some still images from a recording that I made while inside a car wash. I had my iPad 2 in my bag, and I figured that, since I’ve yet to record a video on it, I could just record my trip through the car wash. During the two and a half minutes that I was in there, I noticed that the colors were “glitching-out.” It’s happened three times now.

Apparently the issue hasn’t been fixed in iOS 4.3.1, and it’s unclear whether it’s a software-related problem, a more serious hardware flaw. When I saw the first Twitpics of these crazy iPad 2 shots last week I thought it was an isolated issue happening to a couple of users, now Cult Of Mac says they received dozens of similar reports. I, for one, can say the issue with FaceTime and the cameras freezing is most definitely real, although I can’t confirm on the “color glitching” problem reported above. If you’re experiencing problems with your iPad 2’s cameras, drop a comment below or, even better, open a thread on Apple Discussions.


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