Dealbreaker For New iPad 2 Release Gets Named

By Daniel Chubb - Feb 27, 2011

Before buying a new gadget most of you will have a dealbreaker in mind, this could be the price or some feature it must have, and this goes for the Apple iPad 2 release as well. What will be your dealbreaker for iPad 2?

We’re hearing two features repeatedly from our readers, which they want on the iPad 2nd generation tablet, these are a USB port and SD card slot. While the latest Apple rumors point to these features not being included in the said device, you never know with Apple.

For now, lets say that the “unnamed sources” are correct, and the iPad 2 will not feature either of the above features, what would Apple’s answer be to those that need these features? The first guess would be a suggestion to buy adapters, but then why should you pay more for specs you wanted in the hardware itself. Should you be forced to buy extra items, especially when a USB port and SD card slot are industry standards?

Some business users will upgrade to the iPad 2 from the last generation, this would be a result of either reducing tax with expenses, or a need to have the latest tech, but the wise buyer would be looking for a dealbreaker, a feature the device must have.

We have received email from some readers who claim the USB port is the only reason they would buy an iPad, explaining they use flash drives all the time and that their data needs to be accessed by external hard drives via USB. Another reader went further by calling it “ridiculous” for not having such a small feature like an SD-card slot, or even micro-SD.

Bigger storage is always welcomed in the new iPad, but expansion via a slot or port is favored among PR readers. Do you feel the same way? Name your iPad 2 dealbreaker in the comments.

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  • Bassem

    I think you should choose the product and make your reviews more up beat – especially since there isn't an Ipad 2 ot yet and you clearly shouldn't have a beef with apple since most of your writing is about them lately.
    I don't need to say this but the 1st iPad wasn't just a great success, it had the best first generation product reviews of all time and it was also named the product of the decade by many – just google it. And while you're at it, try reading the reviews of all those companies that just copy what apple does and release it months to years later and see if they live up to apple even with all there ports.

  • Ira

    Saying you're going to hold your breath till you turn blue or they give you a USB and SD slot is just plain childish and foolish.
    Apple offered an adapter that gives you both of those things for $30

    I can even plug a USB HUB into it and use multiple USB devices at the same time.
    If that's all I want that's not built in, well I've already got it.

    Go out and spend $30 and you can have it too.
    Then you can buy the new IPad for a good reason, like it has a camera.
    That's not even a big deal because I can use my digital camera and either offload the photos into the IPad using the USB cable (remember that USB adapter I have??), or stick the SD card into the SD adapter (remember I have one of those too).

    What I would like to see is a file and folder system that you can easily access.
    This business of each app saves its own files in its own jurisdiction is how it was done in 1984 or 1985 when the OS, the App, and its data all resided on one 400K floppy. (Is there anyone besides me who remembers that?) And you can only get these files in and out of the IPad by emailing (maybe) or via the SYNC process using ITunes.
    That's an OS issue though.

    Well that's enough of a rant for one posting.

    • Dave Baker

      Sounds to me like you are now trying to tell people how they should use their iPad ?!

      Have you ever thought of applying for Steve Jobs's job, you would fit in well 🙂

      Back in 1984 Apple used George Orwell's Big Brother in a series of adverts to represent IBM, ironically it is now Apple that more closely resembles Big Brother than IBM ever did.

      Dave B.
      p.s. I bought my 1st Apple ll back in 1976 and I still have it, along with a lle, llgs, Mac XL (Lisa), Mac llfx, MacBook Pro, iPhone 2g, Apple TV & Airport Extreme, but I want a USB or SD/TF port if I'm going to buy an iPad.

      • Apple.Suck.Schit

        Bahahahahaha! You're a sucker for crap that don't even compare to what is current. It's like, dude, it's either you have money growing out of trees or you're like a smoker addicted to cigarettes and you can't break the bad habit.

        Anyway, I still say Apple sucks when it comes to support for peripherals. I can't believe ppl are sucked into buying expensive, proprietary computers and peripherals that can't run on 80 – 90% of the world's other computers. Sure the new iPhone and even the first version of the iPad are revolutionary. But the industry is catching up and the Android phones and other mobiles devices will overtake Apple in a few years. Apple and the followers are so arrogant it's not even funny. They are like the fashion industry – in today, out tomorrow.

  • tobyking123

    how much does the ipad 2 cost??

  • Dave Baker

    USB is definitely a deal breaker, SD or TF & a camera would also be nice.

    I reckon any new iPad release on the 2nd will only be an additional model, not a replacement and we will have to wait until later in the year, say September for a new model.
    Apple is still advertising the iPad on TV, etc and sales are still buoyant, maybe with the iPad 1A release we may see a price reduction in the current models, but we will have to wait another 6 months for a real iPad 2.

    Just my thoughts mind – Dave B.

  • mehran

    Try to educate people instead of just repeating wintelsolution for a failed idealogy.

    USB is only needed if you need to connect something like a camera and extra storage. Apple already provides an adapter which works great and there are many cloud solution for shared storage.

    Good luck trying to slow down the rampage