The iPad 2 has really set the benchmark for other tablets to follow in terms of weight, thinness and speed, however one area where you could criticize Apple’s latest tablet is it’s features, therefore we thought we would look at some of the features which we would like to see when Apple release the iPad 3.
Firstly the most obvious thing which Apple overlooked was 4G connectivity, this is probably because it would have had an adverse affect on battery life, however with Android tablets now offering 4G connectivity we have to say that the next-gen iPad should be 4G, or perhaps there should be a 4G variant available for consumers.
Many are surprised to hear that Apple has not added some sort of built-in cloud storage functionality, there will undoubtedly be apps available adding this functionality, however Apple could make money out of a pay-per-month cloud storage solution, which backs up personal data automatically for the user.
The original iPad and the iPad 2 both feature a 9.7-inch display supporting a resolution of 1024 x 768, this fingerprint resistant multi-touch display has a 178° viewing angle, however many suggest that small fonts look poor when browsing the web, let’s face it some 4-inch smartphone displays feature a resolution of 960 x 540, therefore a resolution of 1024 x 768 on a display which is over double the size seems disappointing. Some of our readers also suggest that Apple could have used a matte display or some sort of anti-glare display as the original iPad struggled in sunny conditions.
It is hard to criticize Apple’s iOS, however if you compare how Android has moved on since the original iPad’s release you could argue that Apple’s UI could benefit from a revamp, there are no major issues with iOS’s interface, however Android has came on leaps on bounds when you compare Eclair to Honeycomb
Other features which Apple overlooked include Adobe Flash support (no surprise there), a USB port (which would make the iPad 2 much more versatile), a memory card slot and a higher-resolution camera on the rear to take better still images.
What new or improved features do you think the iPad 3 needs?