110 Features We Want to See in Updated Apple iPads
2Apple’s iPads Need More Processing Power
There is some speculation over the CPU model Apple will offer with its iPad. Will the company deliver the A10X processor or will it go with an A11? Regardless, one thing is clear: For the new iPads to be successful, they’ll need to deliver enough power to compete with light and speedy hybrid computers that are stealing tablet market share.
3An Innovative Design With More Screen Real Estate
An improved design seems like a guarantee, but exactly how far the company might go with a new-look iPad is unknown. There’s some hope the new iPad will offer a curved display and perhaps a screen that will cover its entire face as a lead-in to the iPhone 8. However, the more likely scenario is that the iPad will come with a thinner frame, a trimmer screen bezel and perhaps a new type of glass screen.
4More iPad Pro Screen Options
5Apple Pencil Support Across the Board
6A Redesigned Home Button
7At Least One Mini iPad Model
One of the nice things about the iPad Mini 4 is that it’s portable, thin and doesn’t take up too much room in a bag. But the iPad Mini’s fate is uncertain, since reports have circulated that Apple will introduce a 7.9-inch iPad Pro. Whatever Apple chooses, the company must make a commitment to offer a cheap and portable yet stylish iPad.
8Strong Camera Support
9Don’t Skimp on Data Storage
The biggest mistake Apple could make is to assume customers want less storage space and store their content in the cloud. Quite the contrary: Tablet owners—especially iPad Pro owners—want to keep their content locally on their device. Offering more storage would help the iPad compete against hybrids.
10Enterprise-Grade Security Features
Look for security to play a prominent role in Apple’s next iPads. The company could (and should) offer hardware-based encryption. Apple also could offer a newer-generation fingerprint sensor to improve its biometric support. Plus, reports are circling that Apple could deliver a facial-recognition feature in its device.
11Reasonable Selling Prices
A price reduction for the new iPads is probably too much to ask from Apple. But at least we can hope Apple will sell the updated models at the same price points of the models it released a year or more ago. Offering the iPad Pro for a starting price of $599 on the 9.7-inch model and $799 for the 12.9-inch model, for instance, would seem fair.