The launch of The Daily on Wednesday in New York brought one or two surprises.

However, the surprises weren't to do with The Daily itself - rumours about the iPad-only digital 'newspaper' have been circulating for months now - but Apple.

Firstly, Apple outlined the new subscription system it has introduced to iTunes to service subscription-based offerings such as The Daily. However, it still isn't clear how big a slice of the pie Apple is earning.

But the biggest surprise of all was the reported presence of what is thought to be a prototype version of the iPad 2.

A reporter from Reuters claims to have spotted a fully-functioning iPad with a front-facing camera at the top edge of the glass screen.

According to the unnamed reporter, "a source with knowledge of the device confirmed its existence, adding that the final release model could have other features", suggesting that it was a prototype iPad 2, though both Apple and News Corp refused to comment.

Though the reporter seems to be sure of what he or she saw, it seems doubtful that Apple would sanction the presence of such a device at a media event of this nature when it is likely to be spotted by journalists, though a front-facing camera is expected to be among the features of the second-generation iPad.

Earlier this week, what was claimed to be a screen for the second-generation iPad was bought by Mac news site 9To5Mac.