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5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes

Will Apple's 5th-generation iPad be a bore or have innovations galore? We'd like to see five rumors come true.
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Juts how popular are Apple iPads? Announcing its fiscal 2013 second-quarter results on April 23, Apple said it had sold 19.5 million iPads in Q2, up from 11.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. Apple didn't subdivide its tablet sales, however. So it's unclear if the iPad Mini, which debuted just seven months ago, is proving more popular than the larger, full-size iPad.

Recent analyst projections suggest this might be the case. NPD DisplaySearch reported in February that tablet panel shipments in January 2013 "shifted dramatically" toward the smaller 7- to 8-inch sizes.

"As we noted in December, Apple had planned to sell 40M iPad Minis (7.9") and 60M iPads (9.7") in 2013," wrote analyst David Hsieh on his DisplaySearch blog. "However, the reality seems to be the reverse, as the iPad Mini has been more popular than the iPad."

IDC reached a similar conclusion last month. "One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond," said IDC tablet analyst Jitesh Ubrani in a statement. "Vendors are moving quickly to compete in this space as consumers realize that these small devices are often more ideal than larger tablets for their daily consumption habits."

Of course, this doesn't mean that full-size tablets are passé. And there's no indication that Apple will focus its efforts on the iPad Mini at the expense of the more mature, 9.7-inch model. The 5th-generation iPad is expected to arrive this fall. Cook, in Tuesday's conference call, said some iPad sales are probably cannibalizing Apple's Mac business. A regular refresh of the full-size iPad makes sense to keep customers from jumping ship to potentially more innovative competitors.

Soon, a more distinct division might develop between large and small tablets. Some hardware upgrades, in fact, already seem questionable on larger slates. NFC for tap-and-pay shopping? The 9.7-inch iPad seems a bit cumbersome for that task. A better rear-facing camera? Again, the tablet's size and weight make the device a clumsy point-and-shoot or video camera, even if Apple shrinks its dimensions a bit.

What new features would you like to see in a full-size iPad? Our slideshow covers the hottest rumors to date. Under-the-hood improvements are always welcome, but Apple engineers must walk the tightrope of boosting processing power and other capabilities while maintaining a battery life of about 10 hours.

Dig into our slideshow and let us know what you want in the iPad 5 by using the comments section.

Image sources: top half, apple.com; bottom half: CiccareseDesign.com via MacRumors.com

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jrobertson787
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5/3/2013 | 9:45:48 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
What is the point of an Ultra Narrow Bezel Tablet? When I pick up my iPad, I often grasp it with my thumb on the bezel area. If there is no bezel area, that will result in touching the screen and sometimes inadvertent gestures. So just picking the thing up will become a challenge. No thanks.
rcsteiner
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rcsteiner,
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5/2/2013 | 12:24:31 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
True, but they're also generating fewer viewers. I stopped coming to this site regularly when they started with the slide show crap, and this just reinforces my attitude. I'm here for information.
NPeart
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NPeart,
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4/28/2013 | 9:15:30 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
-Stylus and active digitizer
-Keyboard with battery extender(even as a peripheral)
-Cortex-A57
-Camera is not very important, as long as it has something for communicational purposes, I hope, that the arms race don't push budgets into megapixel nonsense in tablet wars
-Same goes to screen resolution. Its already ridiculous.
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4/28/2013 | 4:42:16 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
My 5 wishes for iPad 5 are:
-9.7 inch multi-touch display with IGZO-powered Retina Display
-1.8 GHz, Quad-core Apple A7
-Magnetic connector (it will work for iPad QWERTY keyboard cover with USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, SD/MMC reader and Lightning connector. charging via Lightning connector through iPad QWERTY keyboard cover to iPad system)
-8-megapixel iSight rear camera with Full HD 1080p video recording and LED flash
-Dual-band near field communication (NFC) for iWallet service
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Guest,
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4/28/2013 | 4:40:19 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
My 5 wishes for iPad 5 are:
-9.7 inch multi-touch display with IGZO-powered Retina Display
-1.8 GHz, Quad-core Apple A7
-Magnetic connector (compatible for iPad QWERTY keyboard cover, charging via Lightning connector through iPad QWERTY keyboard cover to iPad system)
-8-megapixel iSight rear camera with Full HD 1080p video recording
-Dual-band near field communication (NFC) for iWallet service
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4/28/2013 | 11:11:12 AM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
my wish for the Ipad 5 is stereo speakers and a usb port
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Guest,
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4/28/2013 | 7:22:42 AM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
My 5 wishes for iPad 5 are:
-9.7 inch multi-touch display with IGZO-powered Retina Display
-1.8 GHz, Quad-core Apple A7
-Magnetic connector (compatible for iPad QWERTY keyboard cover, charging via Lightning connector through iPad QWERTY keyboard cover to iPad system)
-8-megapixel iSight rear camera with Full HD 1080p video recording
-Dual-band near field communication (NFC) for iWallet service
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Guest,
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4/28/2013 | 12:06:25 AM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
My 5 wishes for iPad 5 are:
-9.7 inch multi-touch display with IGZO-powered Retina Display
-1.8 GHz, Quad-core Apple A7
-Magnetic connector (it will work for iPad QWERTY keyboard cover, charging via Lightning connector through iPad QWERTY keyboard cover to iPad system)
-8-megapixel iSight rear camera with Full HD 1080p video recording
-Dual-band near field communication (NFC) for iWallet service
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Zman7,
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4/27/2013 | 3:00:07 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
How about a useful case instead of a thinner one? The first thing everyone has to do is buy another case because the one from Apple is so fragile. It's also smooth which makes it slippery and vulnerable to being dropped.

For marketing purposes it should be ZOGI. Come up with a little ZOGI animal as a logo. IGZO is unnatural.

Do they factor in price with the sales figures? I think a lot of people buy the mini because it is cheaper. I think people would buy the full size iPad over the mini if the price were the same. I've heard people say "Look, this one is over a hundred dollars cheaper" but have never heard "I like this one because it's smaller and displays a smaller picture."

Software - how about a real file manager? Also, admit that there is a real world out there and make your browser compatible with it?
gamerscul9870
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4/27/2013 | 12:52:29 PM
re: 5 Apple iPad 5 Wishes
Excuse me, but why does the weight matter to you? Why on earth would this make the camera clumsy, maybe it's b/c you're a whimp and can't even lift ond! iPads ar never heavy!! GOT IT!
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