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iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want

As chatter about Apple's third tablet heats up, my wish list takes shape. What do you want to see in iPad 3?

The brain power behind predictions that Apple will probably introduce a new iPad between February and April of next year is staggering. How were these extravagant conclusions reached? Where did the information used to formulate these hypotheses come from? Supply-side checks with anonymous Asian sources, obviously.

DigiTimes on Monday reported that Apple will continue to manufacturer the iPad 2 for the time being, but at a slower rate starting in January. It is currently making iPads at the rate of 14 million to 15 million units per quarter (on target for 40 million for the year!). In January, production will be dropped to the rate of 4 million to 5 million units per quarter as it begins pre-prodution on the iPad 3.

Production of the iPad 3--or whatever it is that Apple ends up calling the device--will reach 9.5 million to 9.8 million units per quarter, says DigiTimes' source. Great. Too bad we know nothing about the iPad 3--including if it even exists.

Since we don't know much, lets have some fun and discuss the features that we'd like to see added to the third-generation tablet computer from Apple. I'll get the ball rolling.

1. Retina Display: One of the biggest disappointments about the iPad 2 is that Apple didn't boost the resolution. Instead, it carried over the same display from the iPad 1. It measures 9.7-inches and includes 1024 x 768 pixels. It's a fine display, but not the HD display for which tablet fans had hoped. A long string of reports that have surfaced in the last three or four months strongly suggest that the next version of the iPad will really step up the quality of the display and go Retina. Let's hope so, because that's the number one improvement I'd like to see added to the device.

2. Some Version of 4G: If there's one thing that Apple's entire line of iOS devices sorely lacks, it is any sort of support for 4G mobile broadband. Whether it's Long Term Evolution, WiMax, or the fastest variant of HSPA+, Apple needs to get on board with the fastest wireless networks available. Faster broadband means a better chance of accomplishing work-related tasks with fewer network-based hiccups.

3. Better Cameras: Both cameras on the iPad 2 are horrible. Sure, they work for FaceTime and such, but the results are pitiful. While tablets are still unwieldy for taking pictures, most of the competition is fielding tablets with 3- and 5-megapixel cameras. I don't imagine I'll be using a tablet for most photo-taking needs, but having a decent one on board wouldn't hurt. This is something that could benefit the enterprise, as field workers have to take pictures from time to time. I mean, as it is, the iPhone 4S has a killer camera, as does the iPhone 4. The higher-quality camera sensors can't impact the cost that much when you consider the 10s of millions that Apple has ordered for the iPhones.

4. Better Port Support: All of Apple's iOS devices rely on a single, proprietary port for connecting to other devices, such as computers. I'd like to see support for USB 2.0, ThunderBolt, or some other such port in addition to the 30-in connector Apple is so fond of. Of course, adding either would make the device heavier and more costly. Better peripheral support could make the iPad 3 an enterprise star.

5. Thinner and Lighter: Yeah, I know the iPad 2 is one of the thinnest and lightest tablets out there, but I also know Apple can do better. Apple made significant weight and thickness improvements between iPad 1 and iPad 2. I'd like to see similar improvements between iPad 2 and iPad 3. Why? Usability. The iPad 2 is by no means heavy, but holding one for hours at a time still becomes tiring.

What would you like to see in the third-generation iPad?

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YMOM100
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12/17/2011 | 3:31:09 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
A more reasonable price. The iPad is just too expensive.
lpeterson349
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12/17/2011 | 3:11:30 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
iPad-3 absolutely has to have Flash or the equivalent. My husband complains to me 3-4 times a day about not being able to view video clips that require flash, and that is driving me crazy. For me, it needs to have a USB port so I can move things manually between the iPad and my laptop -- or share it with others without needing email. Some files are just too big to email or you don't want to send multiple smaller files. On the wishful thinking end: some stripped down version of Office. Without that, it's mostly an iPhone without the phone or an eReader for me, though it's enough for my husband who was computer-phobic until I gave him an iPad-1.
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ANON1242839308234,
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12/17/2011 | 12:56:16 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
If iOS supported a cursor and mouse, I could use it for almost everything I do, including mouse-intensive newsletter layout.
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12/13/2011 | 8:10:56 PM
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I agree with 1, 2, 3 and 5 and perhaps apple has already incorporates these updates in iPad3. I don't want number 4. 30 pin connector is fine. Anything extra will ruin the beauty and design of the product. On top of it, why would anyone need extra port when you have the option of Airplay and next generation bluetooth.
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12/12/2011 | 11:24:41 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
A slot for SD or micro-SD memory.

A carbon-fiber rear cover so it's lighter -- you can't really hold it in one hand for very long, especially if you're lying down.

A camera mount or slots with an adapter that lets you mount it on a holder of some sort (like how LCD monitors have the ability to mount to something).

My biggest beef is that the smooth back and curved edges make it impossible to prop up anywhere without a sleeve or a stand of some sort. The display has a wide view field, except it starts to get washed-out and lose intensity when you go more than 5-10 degrees off of a perpendicular axis to the screen.

I'd like to see some settings that let you adjust how sensitive it is to rotating the screen. I'll TILT the device to the left or right, rather than rotate it, and the screen will rotate; that's annoying, especially because it's so hard to hold steady for very long.

Going against the grain, if I want photos, I'll take them with my camera; I don't give a crap about better imaging features on this. I've seen people in crowds waving around iPads trying to get pictures; it's silly.

I'd also like to see the audio interfaces enhanced. iPhone / iPod / iPad audio interfaces are all degraded relative to other Apple devices, which all support 24-bit / 96 kHz stereo audio -- both via analog and S/PDIF ports. I don't expect the earphones to use that, but you should be able to plug the device into an external adapter that lets you listen to 24/96 recordings made on another Apple device.
Patrick PK
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Patrick PK,
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12/12/2011 | 11:16:52 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
I feel your pain, and absolutely agree with you 1,000% These are our options:....

1. Apple changes there mind and drops this ridiculous power drive!

2. Wait for Android to be come a bit more mature / refined and switch over

There is NO loyalty when it comes to Tablets or phones! I only go with the best, for now its Apple, but that too will change eventually...
Patrick PK
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Patrick PK,
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12/12/2011 | 11:12:23 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
I love my iPad2, but a few things that just irk me to no end!!!!

1. The absolutely HORRIBLE (!!!!!) podcast layout -which absolutely sucks! and currently sorely lacking functionality -such as dialing back 5, 10, or 15 seconds. The team responsible for this area at Apple needs to go on Mandatory APP Design Remediation or be taken to the wood shack in the back and..........!!!!!!!

2. WHY, Oh WHY can't the folks in the App Store get this right? I'm on an IPAD!!!! Why do I have to drop down the search results everytime to specify I-ONLY-WANT-SOFTWARE-FOR-AN-IPAD???!!!! There should be an option to default all my search result to be only for iPad. Ever heard of a check box?

I forgot, IPAD 3 HAS TO HAVE: Edge to Edge screen. That clunky thick edge around the screen has got to go! It needs more memory / Storage, faster wireless, faster video, how about a larger screen. An additional inch or two more wouldn't hurt at all! Longer battery life. Better Sound, the placing of that one little speaker pointing backwards is super clunky. Get it together folks and enlist the help of Bose or something and get sound up to a decent level.

Finally: Get RID of that iTunes piece of G@rb@ge or get it working more responsively, casue right now it sucks big time.

Plenty of improvement space if you ask me!

Other than that its livable...
FritzNelson
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12/12/2011 | 8:51:58 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
If we're talking hardware -- I like some of the suggestions others have made (a 7-inch option would be interesting), but much of this just feels like an iPad 2s or something, not an iPad 3. To me, iPad 3 needs some monumental change -- what about making it fold-able or bendable in some way, to enhance portability, or create richer application experiences (moving things from one document to another, in a side-by-side display. I'd also like to see an OS change to allow for things like widget-ized apps.
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12/12/2011 | 8:26:09 PM
re: iPad 3: 5 Changes I Want
I work for a company that makes custom iPad apps. They are real offline (no Internet required after installing) which look and work just like apps from the app store. They are HTML5/JS based (Apple added extensive extensions for iOS specific API support). You don't even need to sign up with Apple as a developer for those kinds of apps. There are numerous 3rd party app stores on the web for these kinds of apps which are completely not under Apple's control. That said, you do need to pay the $99 per year Apple tax if you want to make fully native apps that you wish to distribute through the App Store. And even then you don't need to submit the app to the App store if you don't want to, it's called ad-hoc distribution. No jailbreak or anything like that needed and Apple doesn't review/vet the app, you just sell the app directly.
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Terabyte Net,
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12/12/2011 | 7:31:41 PM
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Really, that's all you can come up with? How about the ability to do what YOU want with the device YOU paid for? I'm tired of Apple tell me what I can and cannot do. I can do so much more with an Android as an IT tech than the iToys can. I can't even do basic things like scan for Wi-Fi networks to see what's there and who's stepping on who in the channel hunt game. Apple removed all those apps from their store in the spring of 2010 claiming some sort of unsupported API calls. That's garbage and exactly one of the things that landed MS in court in the 90's. It's time for Apple to let us do what we want with the hardware we bought.

How about the ability to buy/install apps from outside the Apple monopoly? Honestly, the iToys are just that, very expensive toys, great for reading books or browsing the web, but at $500+ I'd rather have a netbook with a real OS on it that I can do what I want when I want to.

How about the ability to change/upgrade batteries (especially since battery life is dismal even on 5.01 compared to 4.x).

You're 100% correct about the dumb proprietary cable. It's just a USB cable that Apple charges $30 for that should be about $1.50 or just lying around the house/office. I have dozens of micro/mini USB cables. Why does Apple have to use proprietary stuff? Because they're so arrogant and their followers are so blind that they can.

When I got (actually was given) my iPad 2, I posted on my FB page to my friends who love Apple to give me the top 10 things I cannot live without on my iPad (running 5.01) and I got Angry Birds and a couple of ebook readers. Hmmm.... I can do that on an Android for 1/2 the cost and a LOT more.

If MS plays their cards right Win8 will kill the iToys. It will run real apps like Office, QuickBooks, etc..., and I won't be told what I can and cannot install. With Jobs gone, Apple's vision is gone with him. What happened the last time Jobs left Apple? This time he can't, and I'm the first to say that his passing was a really sad day for the IT world, can't come to their rescue.
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