Having just come off of one Apple event, it is, of course, time for the rumor mill to fire up once again and get cracking on what is probably the next product to receive an update. Say hello to the “iPad with a camera” rumors folks, I expect these to be with us for quite some time.

One of the biggest complaints people had about the original iPad was a lack of any sort of camera, and especially one on the front that would allow for video conferencing. When the iPhone 4 received this a few months later, and Apple introduced FaceTime, Apple CEO Steve Jobs specifically said that it was “the first iOS device with FaceTime” setting off speculation about what the company had planned. Technically he has fulfilled the requirement of “first” by releasing a “second” in the form of the fourth generation iPod Touch, but does that mean he’ll stop there?

9 to 5 Mac has obtained the image you see below that purports to be an iPad running a debugging version of FaceTime software.

iPad 2 Camera

To be honest, we can’t see the camera in this picture, and we’ve looked as hard as we can, and even played with brightness and contrast in Photoshop to no avail. I did get a bit of a light streak where I thought the camera might be when I turned up the brightness by 50 percent and the contrast by 85 percent, but I’m still not convinced that is what I was actually seeing.  To be fair, 9 to 5 Mac’s original report said nothing about a camera being in the picture, but we looked all the same.

This could be a Photoshop job, we just don’t know, but until the inevitable announcement of the iPad 2 comes next year, you had better get used to these rumors.

What say you?  Do you think the iPad will add FaceTime next year?