iOS 4.3 beta hints at iPad camera, new cloud service from Apple

I hate to be a rumor monger, but this seems pretty solid — since the source is the new beta of iOS 4.3. This new version has been sent to developers, and according to an interesting post on MacRumors, it included an image that shows a preview of the wallpaper that one has selected for one's iPad. And right there in the preview are icons for FaceTime, Camera, and PhotoBooth. Even more interesting is a post on AppleInsider that describes details in the new version that point to a new Media Stream service. Text in the new version reads, "Photo Stream uploads and stores the last thirty days of your photos on MobileMe and downloads them to all of your devices." This sounds like the new cloud service that many analysts are expecting from Apple — in this case, a system by which the photos you take are automatically stored in the cloud (MobileMe) and synced to your other devices.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.