Now that 2012 is just round the corner, one thing we can start to look forward to is the iPad 3, or whatever name Apple chooses to give to the next generation iPad.
Unless there’s a drastic change to Apple’s release cycle for the iPad, we will see the iPad 3 released in the first 3-4 months of the new year – most likely in February or March I’d guess.
So this seems as good as good a time as any to share my short wish list for the iPad 3 and the iPad in 2012. My list is short because the iPad 2 is a spectacularly good tablet already. Here’s what I’d like to see in the iPad 3 and the iPad line in general in the coming year:
— An improved, retina display. Happily, I think this is just about a lock to be one of the key features of the next iPad. The iPad’s display is already superb – but a bump up to retina quality will be very welcome.
— A better, faster processor. Again, I think this is pretty much a given fortunately.
— An upgrade to 1GB of RAM. I was hoping to see this on the iPad 2, and I think it’s definitely time for this in the next gen. This would be a big boost for iPad gamers and game developers, as well as for all of us who like running a number of powerful apps of all kinds on our iPads.
— I’d like to see the next iPad be a tad lighter if possible, or at least no heavier than the iPad 2.
— A screen that is not quite as much of a fingerprint and smudge magnet as the first two generations. Apple has touted the oleophobic coating on the screens of iOS devices for years now as being ‘fingerprint resistant’ – but I’ve never seen that really work on any iDevice I’ve owned. It would be lovely if they could find an effective solution in this area.
— Continued compatibility with the Apple Smart Cover. The smart cover has become my favorite iPad 2 accessory. It feels almost like part of the device.
— Battery life should remain the same or improve. iPad battery life is excellent – so as long it’s not reduced due to any new features, I’m happy.
— I hope the rumors about Apple continuing to produce the iPad 2 even after iPad 3 launches prove true. Selling the iPad 2 at a lower price (even with a more limited model range) will present a great option for potential iPad buyers and should help Apple’s sales and market share.
— I feel lukewarm about the rumors that Apple may extend the iPad line in 2012 – with the general consensus being that they will do so by releasing an ‘iPad Mini’ at a smaller size like that of the Kindle Fire as well as the full-size iPad 3 during the year. I much prefer the current iPad size, but I know there are a good number of users who find Fire-sized tablets a better fit. I don’t hate the idea of Apple extending the iPad line in this way, but I won’t shed any tears if they don’t.
So that’s my short iPad 3 wish list. What about all of you – what’s your wish list for the next-gen iPad? What do you think of my list? What have I missed? Let me know in the comments.