Is it too early to start talking about the next iPad model? I’m hoping not, especially as I’ve already seen a few posts on this topic round the web. And we’re really not that far away now from when we would expect to see an announcement of the new model by Apple – i.e in January.
I know lots of people will be hoping for huge, dramatic changes to the magical tablet, but I’m more than happy with what the iPad is right now, and will be quite content if we see only incremental changes and enhancements in the iPad Dos – and I’d be fine if they want to go with that as the name as well.
Here are my very quick, early days thoughts on what I would and would not like to see in the next iPad model:
— I would prefer no major size changes for this second generation – so cases, stands etc still work with new one.
— I do want to see a few additions and upgrades, such as:
— Lots more RAM – at least 512 and hopefully 1GB – but without taking away from battery life. Not sure how viable this is given the whopping size of the iPad’s existing battery, but hoping that Apple can work some further magic in this area.
— As much, or even better, battery life.
— A processor upgrade, even if just incremental.
— Cameras – and FaceTime support. An obvious one, and a very likely bet I think.
— An Orientation lock hardware button – this button has been re-purposed / kidnapped in iOS 4.2 (turned into a mute switch) and I’d like to have it back.
Honestly, that’s about it for me for now, in terms of hardware / spec upgrades. There are a number of other enhancements I’d like to see on the software / OS side of things, but I’ll wait for at least the public release of the big new iOS 4.2 update before I start hitting on what it lacks.