Well that didn't take long.
Apple yesterday released iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 3 on the Apple developer site and code diggers have already uncovered a treasure-trove of strings that reference a camera and flash (lower-case "f"), zoom and video conferencing.
We've been told that if you go digging into Apple's private framework which controls the camera, the iPad SDK tests for 3 additional camera characteristics that are not found in the iPhone 3.x SDK... The Beta 3 iPad SDK version adds these additional test conditions for the device's capabilities. It seems Apple built in API support to test to see if your iPad had a Front Facing Camera, Zoom and a Camera Flash.
The presence of the strings fuel the fire that the iPad could/might/may ship with a front-facing camera (at least for the video conferencing part) at some point – despite Apple's spec sheet to the contrary.
Is there any prayer that Apple will perform a miracle at the 11th hour and add a camera to the 1.0 iPad? Or are we resigned to the fact that we'll have to wait for iPad 2.0?