While it’s still all technically rumour, we’re all fully expecting the iPad 3 to be announced in early March (of course, we were all expecting an iPhone 5 at the end of last year and got a 4S, so anything can happen).
At Tecmark, most of us are quite openly slaves to fanatics of Apple products and we’ll undoubtedly be like kids at Christmas by March 7th. We’ve put together our own ‘wish list’ of things we want to see from the forthcoming iPad 3:
We’re all pretty unanimous in wanting this one. It’s largely rumoured that we’ll get our way with this one, as covered on both Hexus.net and Macrumors. This seems like perhaps the most obvious upgrade from the iPad 2 to 3. iPhone 4 and 4S users have simply become accustomed to this and an iPad 3 being released without it would be incredibly disappointing.
It remains to be seen whether a retina display would inflate the existing pricing of the devices.
Again, we’re unanimous in this. If Apple will persuade any iPad 2 owners to upgrade to the iPad 3, there’ll need to be some notable improvements to the camera.
The 2 megapixel camera on the iPad 2 is often criticised and simply doesn’t cut it anymore in the fast moving tablet market. Apple is looking likely to respond with a superb 8 megapixel back camera on the forthcoming tablet.
With every new tablet or phone release, we’re loading up on improved graphics and processors and all of this puts more pressure on the battery. Yet we still all want improved battery life as well, which is, I suppose, one of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers as tablets get better and better. Rumours suggest a bigger battery on the forthcoming device, but it’s reasonable to assume that this is simply to accommodate a retina display and better processor without hindering battery life any further rather than to substantially improve the existing battery life.
It’s highly unlikely that Apple will release a 3rd iPad without any processor improvements. Rumours are conflicting on this one. Some suggest we’ll be treated to a quad core processor, while others suggest that we’re actually going to get an A5X dual core processor. The latter would certainly be an upgrade on the existing iPad 2 processor, but would fall short of the quad core option.
The above features were those that we were all fairly unanimous in wanting to see on the new tablet. There were a few other ‘requests’ as well:
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