As several of you have mentioned in comments on some recent iOS 5 related posts here, the new basic photo editing features added to the Photos app in iOS 5 are not available on the original iPad.
My understanding is that the reason for this is said to be because the original iPad doesn’t have a camera.
If that is the reason, it seems a very weak one to me. The original iPad does not have a camera, no argument – but Apple is happy enough to sell a $30 accessory (the Camera Connection Kit) that serves to bring photos to the iPad.
So Apple knows that users want to get photos onto the iPad, and they’ve got an accessory that helps them do it – why not enable the basic photo editing features? This doesn’t strike me as an issue where there’s any hardware spec deficit on the original iPad.
Perhaps I’m missing an obvious and more valid reason for the lack of the photo editing features. If so, I hope one of you will point it out in the comments, because the ‘no camera’ reason doesn’t feel like it cuts it. Hopefully if that;s the only reason, then we might see the feature added in an iOS 5 update.