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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 23:27

Top 10 feature demands for the 2013 'new new iPad 4'


It's still 2012 and the 'new iPad' is yet to arrive at retail, but that doesn't stop us from issuing a list of Top 10 feature demands for the next 'new iPad', due to arrive in around twelve months from right about now.

Ok, so I haven't yet put my hands onto the 'new iPad', but I've certainly read a heck of a lot about it, and am definitely looking forward to not only playing with one, but buying one at some stage relatively soon.

Now that all the rumour-mongering and speculation over the 'new iPad' is over, because Apple has finally announced what's in it, let alone what its surprising 'new name' ended up being, it's time to look to the future, to the next iPad, the new new iPad we expect to arrive in 2013.

These top 10 feature demands aren't in any particular order, they're just as I have thought of them, and if you have some 'feature demands' you'd like to share in the comments section, you're most welcome to do so.

Number 1 on the list is a 128 GB capacity choice, doubling the current 64 GB maximum.

Number 2 on the list is a 4G chip that's also compatible with the 1800MHz 4G used in Australia and European countries using the same 4G standard.

Number 3 is an improved front facing camera of at least 2 megapixels, if not more, for sharper Facetime, Skype and other video conferencing (or front facing photography).  

Number 4 is an improved rear camera, one that's 8 megapixels or even one that does what Nokia's Pureview 808 41 megapixel camera does - deliver incredibly zoomable photos and videos.

Number 5 is a rear camera flash. If Apple's giving the new iPad a proper camera, it can give the next iPad a flash too.

Number 6 is the ability to pair a mouse with the iPad for those wanting the additional fine control that a mouse enables for things such as selecting text in word processing documents, avoiding the need to 'reach' for the screen - especially if you're using an external Bluetooth keyboard.

Numbers 7 to 10 and more conclude on page two, please read on!

Here's the rest of the Top 10 feature demands for the 2013 "new new" iPad 4, or iPad fourth-generation!

Number 7 is a major upgrade to the iPad version of Safari into a desktop-class browser that lets you properly use the full power 'desktop' versions of web based email such as Gmail or Hotmail.

Number 8 is better speakers. I haven't heard the new iPad's speakers, but I haven't heard of anyone raving about how they're suddenly much louder than those on the iPad 1 or 2. That said, although I thought the iPad 1's speakers were loud when I first heard them, the iPad 2's speakers always left me wishing I could turn them to 11 - or truth be told, to 111 at times. I might be happier with the new iPad's speakers when I do hear them, but I suspect I'll still be wanting them to be much louder - if I want them to be.

Number 9 is Siri, not just voice dictation, turning the iPad into yet another iCompanion who can provide at least some of the answers to iLife, the Universe and iEverything.

Number 10 is an iPad that is really a MacPad Air with detachable keyboard (much like that seen with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime), giving me a MacBook Air and iPad in one unit, letting me use a more powerful OS or the tablet specific OS as I see fit.

That's all I can think of at the moment. I'm sure there are other things like MicroSD slots, HDMI ports, USB and more that people will say they want to see included, but for now, this is the list as things currently stand.

Until then, the new iPad awaits its launch, and from the early signs it's going to be another major blockbuster for the world's crunchiest tech company and a continuing thorn in Microsoft's side, especially as it preps its own long awaited iAnswer in the still-in-beta Windows 8.

It's going to be quite a year, and there's no doubt that iLook forward to it!


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.



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