Oh hay! While digging around in the recently-released iOS 4.3 Beta 2, MacRumors found three app icons that seem to confirm the presence of (at least) a forward-facing camera on Apple's next iPad: FaceTime, Camera, and PhotoBooth.
None of the icons appear in the current build of iOS 4.2, suggesting that Apple is getting their software ready for a camera-equipped tablet in the near future. Which is not all that surprising at this point! The addition of a camera—or, quite possibly, both front and back cameras—was always one of the most likely updates for the second generation iPad. Recent reports have suggested it'll also have a thinner, lighter design, an SD card slot, and a snappier processor.
The new camera-related apps all seem to be pretty self-explanatory. Camera, like the iPhone app, will probably just take photos and video; FaceTime will allow users to chat face to face with friends and family on iPhones and Macs; and PhotoBooth, like the popular Mac app, will let everyone see how funny they look when their head's the size of a watermelon. Finally, a practical application for this tablet computing machine! [MacRumors via DesignTaxi]