Updating the iPad: Features We Want to See in New Models This Fall

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-08-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple's new and improved iPad is in production, according to a report from Bloomberg. Both the iPad Air 2 and an updated iPad Mini are in production and will be ready for launch later this year, according to the report. The devices are expected to come with multiple improvements and will likely sell quite well, given the recent successes Apple has had in the tablet space. As usual, Apple hasn't revealed any details about the new iPad models. In fact, the company hasn't even confirmed that it's planning to release a new iPad, though every sign points to a release of new iPads this fall. When it does, there's a good chance that the devices will appeal to a broad range of customers in both the consumer space and the enterprise. Apple is one of the few companies that has bridged the gap between those two core markets, and there's no indication among the market factors that that will change any time soon. However, this eWEEK slide show zeroes in on what the next iPad might look like and discusses the features we would like to see in Apple's upcoming slates. From the addition of Sapphire to enhanced security, the new iPad should be a must-have tablet if the following features make their way to the device.

 
 
 
  • Updating the iPad: Features We Want to See in New Models This Fall

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - Updating the iPad: Features We Want to See in New Models This Fall
  • Few Changes on the Design Front

    If all the rumors surrounding the new iPads are true, the design won't change much in either the iPad Air or iPad Mini. Frankly, that's just fine. Both devices are well-designed and look the part of a high-quality tablet for those who want to go mobile. Making any drastic change to the design of either device wouldn't make much sense at this juncture.
    2 - Few Changes on the Design Front
  • Apple's Use of Sapphire Would Be Nice

    Apple is reportedly working hard at bringing Sapphire to more of its products, including the upcoming iPhone 6. The company should also think about bringing sapphire to its iPad Air display and perhaps even the iPad Mini's screen. Sapphire is an ultra-strong material that prevents the kinds of scratches and cracks that affect current slates. And it's something that should come to the new iPad line.
    3 - Apple's Use of Sapphire Would Be Nice
  • Better Anti-Reflection Handling for Daytime Viewing

    The rumor mill is saying that Apple is working on an anti-reflection technology for its iPad Air screen. That's important. The iPad Air's screen is hard to see in the sun, making it practically unusable. By adding an anti-reflective coating on the device's screen, Apple can fix that problem and make it more usable 24 hours a day.
    4 - Better Anti-Reflection Handling for Daytime Viewing
  • A TouchID Security Addition Is Desirable for Many

    The TouchID feature that was made available in the iPhone 5S seems like an obvious addition to the new iPad. The feature would allow users to program their fingerprints and improve security across their devices. For enterprise users, especially, having a fingerprint scanner on the new iPad would be an important addition.
    5 - A TouchID Security Addition Is Desirable for Many
  • More Mobility Is Always a Good Thing

    If the rumors are true, Apple is working on making the iPad Air and iPad Mini more mobile. The company is doing so by making the device thinner and lighter and will reportedly go after Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, which is one of the slimmest tablets on the market. More mobility is always a good thing. And it's nice to see Apple thinking along those lines.
    6 - More Mobility Is Always a Good Thing
  • A New and Improved iPad Mini, Too

    Although we've touched on the iPad Mini, the rumors surrounding the new iPad have centered on a new and improved iPad Air. So it's important to mention that Apple should update both devices. While some have argued that the smaller iPad is cannibalizing some higher-end tablet sales, Apple is still doing well. Having both devices on store shelves can give buyers more options and improve sales.
    7 - A New and Improved iPad Mini, Too
  • We're Fine Waiting for the Bigger Screen

    It appears at this point that the initial rumors were wrong and Apple won't be launching the iPad Pro this year. Instead, the company is planning to launch that device, complete with a bigger screen, in 2015. That's just fine. For right now, the sizes of Apple's two iPads—9.7-inch screens for the iPad Air and a 7.9-inch display for the iPad Mini—are just fine.
    8 - We're Fine Waiting for the Bigger Screen
  • Apple Needs to Think About Affordability

    Affordability is a huge concern for a tablet market that has experienced some slowdown. As a result, one might hope Apple should introduce new iPads that come in at the same price as its previous models. Although it doesn't make the iPad Air necessarily affordable for those on a budget, since it would still start at $499, it does make the device more amenable to those choosing between a tablet and a lightweight notebook, like the MacBook Air, that starts at $899.
    9 - Apple Needs to Think About Affordability
  • The A8 Processor Should Be Included

    There really should be no question that the iPad Air should come with the A8 processor. Apple's A8 processor is rumored to be coming to the iPhone 6, so it should also be available in the company's highest-end tablet. The A8 processor is rumored to be able to deliver extremely strong graphics and power and will handle a wide range of applications. It's a must-have for corporate tablet users.
    10 - The A8 Processor Should Be Included
  • Better Cameras for Selfies and Regular Picture-Taking

    The world we live in now requires that companies spend more time thinking about the cameras bundled with their devices. That's why the 1.2-megapixel, 720p front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera in the iPad Air won't cut it. Apple needs to bring a much better lens to both sides of the new iPad. Perhaps a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing lens would do the trick.
    11 - Better Cameras for Selfies and Regular Picture-Taking
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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