The Apple’s next tablet in the form of iPad 3 is rumored to be unveiled next month and will likely be released on March. And I have listed my top preferences before thinking of buying it despite it is not yet available nor announced.
It Should Be Thinner
As it expected, Apple likes to slim down their new generation devices especially on their tablet. In 2011, iPad 2 lags in sleekness in comparison with its competitors such as Asus Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. But the world’s thinnest tablet as of today is the Toshiba Exctie X10 that will be released next month. So I would bet that Apple had done some trimming on iPad 3 a lot in order to claim the title for thinnest.
How will the thickness of the iPad 3 do convince me to get it? Simple, the thinner my tablet is the more ways I could pack it. And there is no denying that I really like to hold slim gadgets because they really feels good in hands.
The lighter a tablet, the better
Carrying more than half a kilo is hefty hence the same in carrying a tablet. With most 2011 tablets weighing between 500-600g, Apple should therefore consider a more mobile and sleeker tablet through iPad 3 for the convenience of users especially kids when holding with single hand.
Toshiba Excite X10, World’s Thinnest Tablet. See it here.
Improved Camera with flash
One of the differentiator of iPad 2 and iPad 1 was the camera. But that feature was too shallow for me to switch and upgrade to iPad 2. The only marketing that Apple did to sell the camera feature of the iPad 2 was Facetime and I think that’s very limiting for a tablet considering Asus Transformer Prime for having an 8MP camera with LED for video and flash support.
So having an improved camera on a tablet that is not only usable for Facetime will be more reliable in many situations or events.
Four>Two (iPad 3 Quad-Core)
It’s definitely time for Apple to upgrades its Ax chip to something that is faster and more powerful as demanding tasks on a tablet today requires somehow a good amount of memory (RAM) and faster processors. And the quad-core chip is definitely a must on catering 1080p videos, the rich iBooks 2, number of mobile games and other tasks.
In my case, I’m looking forward for a smoother tablet experience not only for the software but for the hardware.
Include 4G or NFC
As LTE becoming more widespread throughout in many regions and more companies are embracing NFC (what is NFC?)as next mode of wireless standard, Apple should therefore step up and embrace these said features too. The faster the better, and the more connected the best. Only issue I got on having 4G on a tablet like iPad 3 will be battery life but this is not a big problem anymore in 2012 as battery capacity becomes larger and more efficient.
So these are the top features that would likely win me to upgrade to iPad 3 and I’m not saying that these said features should strictly all be there on iPad 3. How about your preferences? What are your favorite favorites that you’re looking forward for iPad 3 or next tablet?