Infrastructure // PC & Servers
News
2/10/2012
02:55 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want

Apple, as usual, is keeping the tablet's specs under wraps. But here's what we want to see.

Apple has not yet confirmed when it will introduce the iPad 3, the next version of its popular tablet computer. But the consensus among industry observers indicates a release date in early March.

We've compiled a list of nine things we'd like to see in the third generation iPad. Check out our infographic, below, and the story on the next page for more on what we think we will--and won't--see.

iPad3: 9 Things We Really Want - Infographic

Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
extsr2001
50%
50%
extsr2001,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/17/2012 | 7:24:14 AM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
I want it to be reasonable. Right now for what version 2 offers it should be about 50% that cost. So I want the Version 3 to come in under what the current 2 is at.
TreeInMyCube
50%
50%
TreeInMyCube,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/14/2012 | 10:03:23 PM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
Three components on your wish list (better resolution, better camera, Siri) are virtual shoo-ins -- just a little component engineering and software porting. NFC and wireless charging might make the cut, or might not, depending on whether Apple feels they represent a key step forward towards the product's future. Would they have to release iOS 6 with a new iPad? Haven't they de-coupled HW and SW releases?
ANON1241471931665
50%
50%
ANON1241471931665,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/14/2012 | 2:13:02 PM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
A thunderbolt data transfer port seems like an obvious choice given the rest of the Apple product line is already using that technology to achieve huge data transfer speeds. Transferring the larger 1080p movie files over USB 2.0 isn't going to impress anybody. When I take about 8Gig worth of movies on the iPad2 it often takes more than 30 minutes to transfer them to my MacBookPro over USB 2.0. This is a serious issue as we move into the future where the amount of data we transfer keeps doubling at a rapid and predictable rate.
ANON1253999395131
50%
50%
ANON1253999395131,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/14/2012 | 4:39:01 AM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
When my iMac went south, I replaced it with a Thunderbolt display and a Mac mini server. Why? Monitors rarely crash. Components do, often. Surprise. The mini is now a powerhouse. And it's cheap to replace. Almost a throwaway when it goes belly up. I expect the Tbolt monitor to last 8 years or more. In this scenario, iMacs are on their way out. My desk is still clear of a bulky boring cpu box. The mini, backup drives, router, etc are nicely tucked away in a ventilated cab under the desk. Outa sight.

My MacBookPro is five years old. Works, but needs replacing. I WANT: an iPad3 or 4 that will snap into a next gen Mac Air. Detach when I want it Pad. Snap in when I want more desk-time power to create with real software and keyboard. I am tired of App Light apps, except for reading on the train, playing idiot games at the airport lounge.
lacertosus
50%
50%
lacertosus,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/13/2012 | 7:15:10 PM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
How about making it more like open source? How about expandable memory? Maybe ability to play MP3!
ep121
50%
50%
ep121,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/13/2012 | 5:27:00 PM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
Sounds like the author wants an ASUS Prime 700 series.
kosmic7
50%
50%
kosmic7,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/13/2012 | 4:41:52 PM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
"About the only thing that's almost guaranteed is a Retina display screen, featuring resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, twice the resolution of the iPad 2."

Actually, that would be *4 times* the resolution of the iPad 2. 1024x768 is 786,432 pixels. 2048x1536 is 3,145,728 pixels. The iPad 3 will have 4 pixels for every single pixel the iPad 2 has. Should be HUGE improvement.
TogetherinParis
50%
50%
TogetherinParis,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/13/2012 | 3:51:26 PM
re: iPad 3: 9 Things We Really Want
Multi-GPS would be nice (using European and Russian satellite location). How about a NON-GLARE SCREEN?
Server Market Splitsville
Server Market Splitsville
Just because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014
InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on InformationWeek.com
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.