So the iPad 2 is out, and everyone loves it! No surprises there, but being the unsettled geek that I am, I’m already looking forward to next year’s iPad 3. What can Apple improve upon? What would make the market’s best tablet even better? Let’s take a look as I run down the list of 5 things that I want to see in the iPad 3…
1. A Retina Display
Prior to the iPad 2’s release, lots of rumours were circling the internet about a potential retina display for the new generation tablet, although these died away shortly before the iPad 2 was introduced to the world.
I apologise in advance for the cliché, but to have a retina display on a 9.7″ display would be, well, game changing. Doubling the resolution of the screen would make it easy for developers to simply double the resolution of the graphics they use like they did with the iPhone 4, and it would immediately make every other tablet on the market inferior.
If there’s one thing that I want from the iPad, and iOS in general, it’s a better I/O system. The iPad will never truly be a ‘post PC’ device until you can easily manage files from on the device, and Thunderbolt compatibility would be a great way to do it. Not only would it push Thunderbolt as a platform, but it would also give lots of happy users more flexibility, if only the iPad 2 Thunderbolt rumour had come true!
3. A More Tablet-Centric Interface
iOS is great on the iPhone, and it works well on the iPad, but it could work so much better. With such a big screen to play with, there are lots of improvements that Apple can make to its tablet software. Learn a few tips from Mac OS X and bring us Exposé-like multitasking on the go, or make use of all that screen estate to fix the notifications system.
With all that programming power they’ve got down in Cupertino, you’d think that iOS 5 for the iPad could make a BIG impression, so get creative again and stop playing safe with the same iOS model you’ve used since the first iPhone. Times change, and software changes with it; just look at Honeycomb for an example of how to make use of all that screen estate.
4. Less Reliance On iTunes
The iPad will never be a post-PC device until it can fully function without needing iTunes for activation and syncing content. The fact that you can’t activate the iPad without first syncing it with iTunes to use it makes a mockery of the entire ‘post-PC’ stance that Apple seems to have about the device, so please Apple, try and make your iOS devices more self-dependant in the future.
5. Wireless Sync
This is technically an iOS wish, but in an age where we all have wireless routers to access the internet, having to sync the iPad to your Mac or PC over USB is like having to connect your MacBook Air to an ethernet cable in order to get new content. Wireless sync would make things so much easier; you could simply set the iPad to automatically receive new content whenever it’s on the same local network as your computer, so you never have to connect it physically through USB. It’s a real time saver, and it’s about time we could use it with our iPads and iPhones!
So there you have it… 5 things that I want to see in the iPad 3! If you have anything you’d like to see in the iPad 3, be sure to let us know in the comments!