Developer enthusiasm for Apple's iPad has cooled somewhat because the tablet lacks multitasking and a camera, a company that makes cross-platform development tools said today. Of the more than 1,000 developers surveyed by Appcelerator earlier this month, 80% said they plan to create an Apple media tablet application in the next year, according to Scott Schwarzhoff, the Mountain View, Calif. company's head of marketing. In a similar poll taken two months ago , just before Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepped on stage to introduce the iPad , 90% had said they would build an iPad app in the next 12 months. "Before the announcement, there was tons of hype about the iPad, and tons of speculation about its features," said Schwarzhoff. "After, it was clear that a couple of key features wouldn't make it in the first round, including a camera and multitasking. That's nothing that can't be fixed down the road, but it did temper enthusiasm." The iPad's 10-point drop wasn't a surprise, said Schwarzhoff; it was just reality setting in. "Their reasoning seems pretty solid," he argued, pointing out that many of the developers who said they would hold off on iPad software for now are doing so because the applications they wanted to build required multitasking. The newness of not only the iPad, but the category that Apple hopes to create, also struck home. "Like consumers, developers are trying to wrap their arms around the iPad," Schwarzhoff said. Of the developers who were polled, 53% said they were "very interested" in the iPad as a development platform, down from 58% in January. That put the tablet in third place, behind the iPhone, with 87%, and Google 's Android operating system, with 81%, but significantly ahead of others, such as the Blackberry, at 43% and Windows Phone 7, at 34%. But the fall-off isn't likely to worry Apple, Schwarzhoff admitted. "There's no way that the iPad cannot not do well," he said.