NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's iPad 3 is right around the corner, and when the device launches, there are several features that users want to see.
Apple will be holding a special even March 7
at which the company is expected to finally unveil the iPad 3.
Historically, Apple has used this time of the year to show off its new tablet,
and if all the rumors are to be believed, this will be no different. The big
question now is no longer when it will comebut, rather, what will the iPad 3
come with to entice consumers to buy it?
Alas, Apple is
notoriously secretive and has always been loath to reveal details about
upcoming launches. So, all the reports surrounding the iPad 3
are based solely on rumors that have floated around Cupertino, Calif.; the
companys supply chain; and elsewhere around the world.
doesnt mean todays consumers and enterprise users cant hope for something
new and exciting in the iPad 3. In fact, at this point, its best for those
folks to list out the features theyre hoping for and see if Apple plays its
part in making them happy.
While no one
but a few Apple executives knows for sure whats in store for March 7, its
worth looking at some different features that customers and business users are
hoping the iPad 3 delivers.
1. Retina Display
Display is wildly popular on the iPhone and iPod Touch. But the time has come
for Apple to deliver the same feature to the iPad. After all, Retina Displays
really are the future of screen technology, and not to bring it to its flagship
mobile product would be a mistake on Apples part.
Apple introduced Siri to the iPhone 4S. So far, the technology isnt running on
any of the companys other products. However, chances are that Apple will be
bringing Siri to the iPad 3 as it starts to roll out the feature across its
product line. Im sure youre awfully excited to hear that.
3. 4G support
One of the
things missing in the iPad 2 is 4G connectivity. In order to connect to the Web
when youre away from a WiFi signal, youll need to connect to 3G. And as you
know, 3G is so 2010. It would be awfully nice if Apple offers up 4G in the iPad
3 and finally matches the many competitors that are already offering the
4. The same price
Apple has delivered new iPads at the same price as their predecessors. With any
luck at all, that wont change this year, either.
Some reports say Apple will launch the next iPad at a slight premium
of $60 or $70, but that has so far not been confirmed. Heres hoping Apple
keeps the iPads price the same.