Whilst the new iPad Air is out on the Christmas sales battlefield against the waves of Android and Windows tablets, we think it is a good time to look ahead with new year just around the corner. In 2014 it is highly likely we will see the iPad Air 2 launched, so lets take a look at some of the new features and specs that would be good to come out of Apple’s next release.
Lets start with the rumored larger display that has been talked about. We reported to you a little while back about the possibility of Apple upgrading the size of the next iPad Air to 12.9 inches. Apple reduced the size of their tablet with the iPad Mini, it could be that next time they increase the size and introduce a 4K display, creating some form of iPad Mega if you will.
When the iPhone 5S launched it brought us the long awaited fingerprint scanner, adding security and simplicity to our device. This feature should have its tablet debut on the iPad Air 2 in our opinion, Apple should keep pushing their newest features forwards to their new devices. The touch ID sensor could also been integrated with apps, allowing you to control purchases and downloads with your finger whilst bypassing your Apple ID password.
Another feature that we would like to see included is live multitasking. The fact that you cannot use multiple applications at the same time is a little annoying and it would definitely be a great feature if Apple could add it in. For example you could update your Twitter feed in a sidebar whilst watching a video or check your emails whilst reading an article. Whilst the feature would have its limitations it is well within Apple’s capabilities.
There has also been calls for the next iPad to run off multiple operating systems, with users given the choice of either iOS and Mac OS. Whilst this may be unlikely, iOS 8 may come with a few dedicated iPad surprises. There is still a desire for wireless charging, a feature that many fans will want to see followed through. We think this is more likely to come in 2015 but Apple may pull it out of the bag next year and shock us all.
Another demanded but highly unlikely addition to the next iPad release is a memory card slot, which would allow the owner to upgrade their memory capacity. Apple would not want to risk sales in the 64GB versions drop because everyone is buying the 16GB iPad model and upgrading the storage space themselves.
Forget increasing the storage, imagine the added simplicity users would have transferring media. It would certainly be useful when that time of the month comes where you need to dump a chunk of the camera roll elsewhere. Alternatively Apple could release that fabled iPad with 128 GB or internal storage, do not hold your breath on that one though.
Naturally the upgrade to the iPad Air will feature hardware upgrades such as a better camera, processor and battery life etc. Whilst we take these for granted and turn our attentions towards the cooler more groundbreaking additions, they are still just as important in maintaining a level of competitive quality.
Feel free to check out our iPad Mini 3 wish list while your at it. What other features would you like to see Apple included with the iPad Air 2? Let us know your ideas by leaving a comment below.