(Comment because I'm just hypothesizing, but it's way too long for a comment.)
I strongly suspect this is a matter of trying to build it cheap. I just went through the house examining all the packs I own and I find I have exactly one bridged pack here. (One pack is in another city, I can't examine it.)
Some notable differences between it and the various other packs I own: It is the cheapest pack. It is the only pack with no internal structure to it. It is a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag--it is not the sort of thing you're likely to lug around for an extended period. Everything else I have here is meant for being carried for hours at a time.
Note how the straps in all your pictures are diverging as they leave the pack. Pretend there's no bridge--note that in the simple case this produces a force at an angle to the attachment point and thus will apply a shear force to the connection point. Note that the bridges in all your pictures will transfer this shear force across to the other strap where it will be countered by the load from that side--the force connecting the straps to the pack itself will be straight.
There are other ways of accomplishing this but the bridge is the simplest, cheapest, and lightest approach. Also, with a pack with an internal structure the straps start from higher up but when there is no internal structure there is nothing to enforce a separation between the attachment points and thus they inherently will be lower on your body--making a bridge less of a detriment. (I have also observed an awful lot of people who carry such packs leave the straps too loose, causing it to ride lower and the make the bridge less of an issue.)