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Apple iPad 3: 10 Must-Have Features

The iPad 3, whatever its real name may be, debuts Wednesday. Here's what we most hope to see.

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In case you've missed the months of rumors, Apple is holding a media event Wednesday where it is widely expected to introduce a new iPad model.

The event is being held in San Francisco, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which is next to Moscone Center, home to the Game Developers Conference this week.

Apple last week issued a report noting, among other things, that the company was responsible for 210,000 jobs related to iOS app development in the United States. Many of those employed as a result of Apple and iOS will be no more than 100 yards away when the company unveils the next vessel of their livelihoods.

That's where the certainty ends. Apple has not definitively stated that it will announce a new iPad. It has acknowledged only, "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

That sounds like new touch-based hardware with a really sharp screen. But it could be anything, really. It could be the long-rumored Apple television, a next-generation Newton, or a new line of fur-trimmed linoleum mouse pads.

[ Get a visual of the iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want. ]

Even the name of Apple's new device is undeclared. It could be iPad 3, or iPad HD, or some unforeseen variation on that theme. Pray Apple hasn't been bitten by the co-branding bug and partnered with Google and Yahoo to launch iPad+!.

But iPad fans know what they want: more features and improvements on existing features. Here are our top 10.

10. Faster Wireless
Networking doesn't have to be the weakest link. Apple could add support for 4G LTE wireless technology and the latest in Wi-Fi, 802.11ac. Whether the company will do so may depend on the processor and battery characteristics of the new iPad. Faster networking would be worthless if it came with faster battery drain.

9. Better Battery
As more and more people discover the joys of watching movies on iPads, more and more charging is necessary. And the power drain only gets worse if network data transfers are accompanied by other network services that utilize 3G, GPS, or other hardware. Can the iPad 3 have both more speed and more endurance? There's only so much power you can pack into a lithium battery before it becomes explosive.

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YMOM100
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3/10/2012 | 1:19:19 PM
re: Apple iPad 3: 10 Must-Have Features
But Apple outright rejected this so far. They killed the floppy and CD/DVD drives and want you to do everything through iCloud so that they have way more control over what you can do and what you have and who you are.
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3/10/2012 | 1:18:03 PM
re: Apple iPad 3: 10 Must-Have Features
Forgot one: a real keyboard. The only reason for me to buy a laptop over a tablet is the lack of a real keyboard. I mean a real one, not just these soft keyboards. But maybe that is better implemented as an accessory. Then again, with screen sizes growing space for a keyboard ought to be there.
sonicmetalman
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3/6/2012 | 8:02:51 PM
re: Apple iPad 3: 10 Must-Have Features
Unfortunately for Apple I am not a fanboy so I really have no interest in what they release. just not drinking the Kool-aid folks.

This isn't an Android vs. Apple rant, I just don't care who's Johnson is bigger.
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3/6/2012 | 7:55:15 PM
re: Apple iPad 3: 10 Must-Have Features
Regardless of a "Must Have" list, you will get what Apple gives you. And if people (consumers) snap up the product without the "Must Have" list, the list will never see the light of day. Only if Apple can make money on a function point or please the Apple crowd with a function point will Apple spend resources on the function point. And if Apples stock price increases dramatically with the product as is, the product will stay the same from it's release.
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Zia Ul Haq,
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3/6/2012 | 3:17:28 PM
re: Apple iPad 3: 10 Must-Have Features
One must is the media card slot as i posted on my site Tech Voyage
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