This is becoming an unhealthy pattern for Apple. First, the whole world expects their new fancy device to pack a camera. Insider leaks, 3rd party cases, and a variety of other information leads to this camera being "all but confirmed'. Then, on launch day, Apple whips out a product with no camera. All the bloggers freak out and everyone wonders how we all could have possibly been so wrong.
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Then news like this comes out. Mission: Repair has just received their first shipment of iPad parts today. They took a look at the metal internal frame and found a spot for a camera. They even took the webcam out of a unibody Mac and fit it inside the frame, just to check.
It fit perfectly. The photo is above. Clearly, the iPad was (at some point) meant to pack a camera. Since the frames still have a spot for one, I'm guessing that the camera's omission was a 'last minute' sort of thing. Anybody want to start making guesses as to why? Both devices (the new iPod touch and the iPad) had cameras until right before launch (the touch frame has a camera slot too). Maybe this has something to do with the iPhone OS?