Tuesday, 21 December 2010 00:41

Must-have iPad 2 features the iPad 2 must have!


OK, Apple, the iPad 2 ball is in your court, but in the court of public opinion, which Apple doesn't always seem to court, it would be curt of us not to mention that without all of these features, the expectations of at least some could be caught short!

With the iPad 2 still but a twinkle in the eye of the not-so-average Apple Store salesperson, for whom the current selling iPad model is surely the apple of their eye(s), the tech-loving public has already decided what it wants to see the iPad 2 contain, and as far as 'they' seem to be concerned it's game, set and match.

The question is, will what is delivered match up to our collective expectations, or will Apple both surprise and shock with what it does deliver, and what it inevitably leaves out for whatever crunchy reasons cross the mind of the Supreme Apple himself, Steve Jobs?

We won't know the answer to those questions until either Steve Jobs launches the iPad 2 unto the world, or some tech publication finds a camouflaged iPad 2 causally and accidentally 'left in a bar', but we can iDream, right?

Steve Jobs might tell us to dream on, but in the world of iSpeculation, nothing is out of bounds until Steve Jobs declares it to be so, probably to then release it in the iPad 3 or some other future iSuccessor.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, what with thoughts of the iPad 3 and even iPad 4 knocking at the door, let's turn our attention to what Apple's next iPad is slated, so to speak, to contain.

First up is a beefed up processor and twice the RAM, from the current 256MB to 512MB (if not more!). Sure, the current iPad has the 1GHz Apple A4, but honestly, there are times when I think my otherwise nice and shiny iPad could be a heck of a lot faster.

So, let's hope that rumours of a dual-core Apple A4 are true, and that not only does it have dual-core goodness, but a faster clock speed, while still performing the herculean task of at least matching the current outstanding battery life, if not actually managing to improve it. And double down on double the RAM, at least the same as the iPhone 4, which has 512MB, unlike the current iPad, which as mentioned above, has only 256MB. We get to storage in Gigabytes later in the article.

Second is a higher-resolution screen. There has been much chatter over the fact that a 'Retina Display' type screen over a 9.7-inch space would result in far too many pixels and performance requirements for at least the current iPad to handle, so some dismiss it outright while others believe a Retina-esque display will appear, replete with more pixels and a greater pixel density, but without chucking the performance baby out with the bathwater.

You should be keeping water away from your iPad anyway, be it the iPad 1 or the iPad 2.

Third on the list sees dreams of an inbuilt USB port adorning the iPad 2 continue, despite everyone knowing that Apple will limit that ports capabilities should it appear, and likewise not only do people want two 'dock ports' so that the iPad can be docked in either a horizontal or vertical format, but people have also asked that a MicroUSB port also be included for charging purposes, if nothing else - although the ability to also sync through that port certainly won't be unwelcome.

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Fourth up on the list of oft-requested features is not only a rear facing camera of at least 5 megapixels, if not 8 or higher, with some kind of LED-flash, but a front-facing camera too, so icanhasfacetime with any other iPhone 4 owner, iPad 2 owner or Mac owner with Facetime software loaded.

Naturally we all want any inbuilt rear-facing camera to be able to record in at least 720P HD as the iPhone 4 can do now, and while we're at it, having that front-facing camera with more megapixels would be most welcome, too.

The fifth desire for the introduction of a 128GB iPad version, hopefully priced at the same level as the current 64GB version, or by some miracle, perhaps even a bit cheaper, with the 16GB version relegated to the history books and the 32GB version becoming the new minimum.

Sixth on the list revolves around the battery. Although the iPad already has the best battery in the business, it should come as no surprise to see that people want even more battery life from the iPad 2. Imagine if Apple came out with a full 24 hour battery in the same sized package, or even smaller.

The chances of this happening in the iPad 2 are slim, but when it comes to the iPad 3 or 4'¦ only God - and Steve Jobs - has any real idea, especially seeing as Apple does its own battery chemistry and all the rest.

In the seventh heaven of iPad 2 desires is for a thinner, lighter iDevice, while still having that longer lasting battery. If anyone can do it, Apple can, but as always, it will seem like magic if and when it happens!

Eighth on our list is the introduction of iOS 5.0 on the iPad 2, right from the word go, instead of having to wait months for an iOS 5.0 update, but given the fact that iOS 4.2.1 only just recently launched, we can only hope that iOS 5.0 not only makes an appearance, but radically improves the iOS experience - while naturally retaining all of the iOS charm and simplicity we've all become so accustomed to.

Ninth is for either an iPad price reduction, or for the iPad 2 to be so tremendously more powerful and alluring than the iPad 1 that the same prices will seem like a bargain in comparison.

Tenth on the list would be an accurate iLotto number generator app, so we can all go and win the lotto and buy as many iPad 2's as our hearts desire, but hey, this one's not real, even if the rest certainly are.

Eleventh would have to be support for the Bluetooth 3.0 standard and a more powerful Wi-Fi chip and antenna, seeing as Wi-Fi reception was a concern for the original iPad.

What features do you want to see on the iPad 2? An SMS app? Free GPS navigation software from Apple? A clock app as standard, despite all the free and paid ones out there? Voice dictation as standard for iOS 5.0 as it is for the Android OS? Adobe Flash support, even if via Flash-to-HTML5 conversion?

Let us know your thoughts! Here's more on the iPad 2.


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