Last week, we reported on camera issues experienced by several iPad 2 owners, while using FaceTime. Earlier today, CultOfMac uncovered more camera-related issues, and even manage to capture the problem while it was occurring.
At this stage, the issue seems fairly random, and is difficult to reproduce, as it is not limited to FaceTime only. The problem could be directly related to the cameras coming with the iPad 2, or the software layer used to manage them. A hardware problem would be quite a challenge for Apple, as fixing it might never be possible, while a software bug would be much easier to squash.
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.
The new iteration of iOS released on Friday, iOS 4.3.1, doesn’t fixed the issue, as the iPad 2 used by CultOfMac was already updated to the latest version of iOS. And until Apple communicates on the issues, and fixes it, users are not given much of a choice, but to reboot their device when the problem occurs.
The videos below were taken with an iPad 2, inside a car wash. The camera issue can be seen several times on the first video, while the second video shows the issue frame-by-frame, in case you cannot see it in the first video.