Apple iPad 3: what do you want? [Updated]
iPad 3 update:
Apple has now confirmed that the iPad 3 will be unveiled on 7 March, 6pm UK time. We’ll be covering the event live in our iPad 3 launch liveblog.
If you have no idea what might be coming, catch up in our guide to iPad 3 rumours.
What features would you like to see on the Apple iPad 3?
Perhaps you’d like it to have a smaller screen, or maybe the current 9.7-inches isn’t quite big enough for you. But remember, screen quality isn’t all about size – common complaints about the current iPad bash its reflective nature, which hardly makes it ideal for using outdoors as an ebook reader. Perhaps a matte screen might be the answer?
But on the subject of ebook reading, at 601g how long can you really read a book for on an iPad before it becomes uncomfortable? We can’t expect the iPad 3 to weigh 168g like the new Kindle, but a shade or two lighter would be welcome – although not at the expense of battery life.
Harder, better, faster, stronger
Is there any technology that can be borrowed from other Apple products? Well, the iPhone’s retina display would be a good place to start, and how about Siri, the automated personal assistant? Making the camera on the iPad equal to that on the iPhone 4S would certainly be welcome, even if tablets aren’t really used for snapping in the same way.
A Thunderbolt connection, an A6 processor, a replaceable battery and an SD memory card slot could all potentially make an appearance, but as the latter two haven’t yet featured on an iPhone or iPad to date, would Apple really add them now?
Let us know in the comments what features you’d like to see on the iPad 3, or iPad Pro, or iPad 2S, or whatever it’ll be called. Below are some comments from Which? member reviews of the iPad 2 that express features which are lacking.
Which? member iPad 2 reviews
Mike001 makes the following complaints about the iPad 2:
Only 16 Apps per folder? No widgets? No scrolling folders? Apps can only be in one folder? No folder icons? A keyboard that only shows upper case letters?The latest Android tablets run rings round the iPad.
And mja275 makes the following, well-documented, observation:
The lack of Flash support is a serious issue for many educational and research applications, and lack of USB a significant oversight.
The original Apple iPad was announced on 27 January 2010 while the Apple iPad 2 was officially outed on 2 March 2011. An exact date hasn’t yet been announced for the iPad 3, but we expect news this side of April.
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