Was the CrunchPad yet another mythical tablet computer made of dark
matter and moon dust? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter. Whatever it would
have been had it ever seen the light of day, it’s (apparently) dead now.
Even before the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, rumors swirled in blogs and message boards that Apple might integrate a front-facing camera for video conferencing into the unit. It has yet to happen more than two years later, but that hasn’t stopped Israel-based fring from making at least one part of the puzzle a reality today.
Two weeks ago, clever thieves in Belgium made off with nearly 4,000 iPhone 3GS units from a warehouse belonging to carrier Mobistar. Now the stolen phones are starting to appear in Russia, of all places.