The iPad 2: Retina Display Included

First of all let me say this, I love my iPad. I really do. It is way better than a netbook (I have one and only used it for two weeks before I got the iPad). The screen is fantastic for watching video and playing games. It’s small and travels well whether you are flying or driving and it takes up virtually no space. There’s really not much you can’t do with an iPad. However, we are all aware of how Apple works especially with first generation devices, i.e. the iPhone. So we can only imagine what upgrades and changes will take place when Apple updates the iPad. Since we all know Apple will eventually update it, I might as well ask for a few specifics.

I would love a front facing camera. Front facing? Really? Yes. I don’t think a rear facing camera is necessary. Who wants to pull out an iPad just to snap a picture? We all have tiny digital camera now-a-days so a rear facing camera doesn’t make sense to me. But, a front facing camera that can be used with apps like FaceTime and Skype really appeals to me. My iPhone has one and it’s less than a fourth of the size so there’s no reason they can’t fit one in somewhere.

This one also goes back to the iPhone 4. The iPad currently has a HD screen, which don’t get me wrong is amazing. However, the iPhone 4 has over 70% of the pixels of the iPad in a 3.5 inch screen. I want a Retina Screen for the iPad. I know it’s not that big of a deal but why use yesterday’s technology for a new product? No one makes tube TVs anymore so why make a product with a subpar screen?

I like the size and weight of the iPad. It feels like a magazine in my hand and I like the heaviness. When some people borrow or hold it they complain about both the size and the weight. So, why not make a smaller version? A smaller, more compact 7 inch version would probably be more appealing to some people. One other great thing about a smaller version of the iPad, a smaller price tag.

This one is asking a lot. I want a built in SD card slot. Why? Because I take a lot of pictures when I travel and I don’t have a personal laptop so I want to be able to put them directly on to my iPad. I know there is an SD attachment but it sells for around $40. Why can’t one be built in?

I’m a little frustrated in the fact that I have to wait around for the new iOS to be released for the iPad. I understand that the iPhone and the iPad are similar devices but when it comes down to it they are more different than they are alike. So why must they share an iOS? How about an operating system specific to the iPad? Not a slightly different version of the iPhone OS but a revamped version that works better for the iPad not just works on the iPad. I think the iOS for the iPhone 4 is phenomenal but I just don’t see it working as well on the iPad.

There are the five specific things that I would like to see with the new iPad. I would really like to see a new OS tomorrow but I’m not holding my breath. Let me know what you would want from the iPad 2. I’m interested to hear what others have to say.

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  1. Daniel Roberts

    September 19, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Recent rumours seem to disapprove of the screen size. But I don’t think it’d be that bad cutting it down by 2 inches. I wonder if it’d massively affect sales having two kinds out at once?
    But anyway I kind of doubt that happening. Apple like their big display.

    What the iPad needs for a start is optional Java and Flash (it has to be downloaded). Really, it can’t be that harmful to it. Plus Apple apparently aren’t being as strict with their ‘standards’ anymore. There is a portion of a possibility of this happening.

    The design of the iPad should be even thinner, and lighter (I know they can do it) and they should thin out the bezel around the edges as they did with the new fourth gen iPod Touch.

    The iPad should be able to make calls, including 3G ones as well as Facetime and Skype. They should add 2 cameras for this (use their dual sound suppression technology as used on the iPhone 4).

    The volume buttons should be separated.

    A gyro should be built in.

    It should come in a new flavour (higher than 64GB).

    It should run Mac-like applications (still slimmed down a little, though) such as Photoshop, iChat, iLife, Word, and Firefox.

    I think there should be a front AND a rear facing camera. Does it seem silly? Well, it could work out actually. If they made it a bit lighter, people could hold it up easily and snap photos. Honestly, people WOULD DO IT.

    Plus think about what they did with the iPod Touch. Steve Jobs said a while ago it doesn’t need the camera because it’s a gaming, media and Internet communications device. Then what did they do? Added a front AND a back camera. They changed the iPod.

    And Apple should and will change the iPad.

    No doubt they’ll still leave something we want out this time though… 🙁

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