Originally Posted by mytdave
So, yea, an iPad update would be cool. As per some other comments...
It really does need a camera (at least front facing) as FaceTime would be a killer app - I'm waiting on this one feature before buying an iPad for mom.
Yes Facetime will be huge. It is a perfectly good reason to put iPad purchases on hold.
It doesn't really need the hi-res camera from the iPhone 4; the 'HD' cam from the iPod Touch would be sufficient as people aren't really going to be carrying around an iPad with the intent to take pictures with it. That would be awkward and goofy.
Exactly! At least in the case of a rear facing cell phone quality sensor it would be both awkward and goof as you say. If instead the camera focused out of an edge, like the old twin lens reflex cameras of the past it might be usable. If the sensor and optics are better than cell camera tech all the better. In fact putting a cell phone camera, for stills, into the iPad could result in more jokes than Apple wants to hear.
A retina display for iPad would be cool, but that would require significant GPU resources.
Something totally underestimated by many asking for such a display. It is just the GPU either as the backlight will take more power. However GPU performance is really marching ahead, Samsungs newly announced A9 solution apparently has a GPU updat offering 4x the 3D performance. Not to bad and I'm sure Apple could do better with an iPad tailored GPU.
While nice, it's not really necessary to quadruple the res of the iPad screen. Simply doubling the res would be more than good enough for this device. A 1600x1200 res is a bit more than double, and would be eye-popping good at the current 9.7" size. Personally I'd like to see them move closer to the aspect ratio of other iDevices and make the iPad res be 1680x1050.
I think people are spoiled with respect to displays as iPad looks pretty darn good to me now. More pixels would help of course but I don't see it as a sales killer.
Like you the aspect ratio is frustrating. It is an obvious trade off but for many of us a wider screen would be far more usefull.
In any case, Apple has got to get off of this glossy kick. All glossy displays are practically useless in bright light. Get over it already please.
The glossy screen is fine. Besides a matte screen just muddies the higher resolution everybody is asking for. Maybe an anti reflective coating would help but anything you put on the glass impacts the image you see in the end.
In the end I really don't think you or many others understand just how big a negative going back to matte screens will be. All the sharpness of these new high resolution displays would go out the window. Nothings perfect but the glass screens are the best bet at the moment.
I do think a USB port is wishful thinking... Here's the problem... What are you going to do with it?
Hook up mass storage devices that aren't SD. For example many cameras still use compact flash.
RS232 serial port adapters. Very important for field use of the iPad.
HID devices. Mostly keyboards in this case.
Ethernet adapters. Like it or not I still find myself in hoteks where the WiFi sucks. Being able to fall back to ethernet would be a big win. Oh please don't mention WiFi bridges, they are much bigger than an ethernet adapter and in some hotels you are luck to find more than one free outlet.
Web cams. Lets face it the iPad will not be an optimal device for video conferencing, mainly due to the hand held nature of the device and camera alignment. Support for generic web cams takes care of this.
There's no support for one in the OS, so what are you going to plug in?
This is a fairly stupid comment isn't it. For one there is support for many of these devices via the USB port built into the dock connector. A real USB port just makes connecting generic products like keyboards far easier. More importantly eliminates one more thing to loose.
Some device profiles aren't currently supported, that is true, but that also isn't written in stone. Careful selection of what should be supported by Apple is the best way to strengthen the iPads usability.
The thing here is that USB support isn't all that bad now. The infrastructure is there and pretty solid.
The most they've done so far is build in support for digital cameras with the dock connector via the USB camera connection kit.
Actually I think it is more than that but don't have a list in front of me. Even if that was the case though, the camera kit implies support for mass storage devices and cameras already in the USB system. So in theory they should be able to support a multi card reader for those odd cameras. Other support should be easy to add.
Without device drivers and file system support, you can't install and manage USB devices. At that point, you're pushing desktop computer territory and may as well get a Mac.
First off iPad does have a filesystem. Drivers are an issue but some profiles are very well defined thus generic drivers work fine. HID is an example, keyboards should not be an issue.
Beyond that Apple doesnt have to support every device ever made. For example they could supply drivers for specific Ethernet or RS 232 bridges and ignore the rest. As long as the adapters are accurately identified there is no issue.
In other words Apple should maintain a detailed list of compatible hardware and driver support for the generic USB port. This would temper expectations that anything can be plugged into the port. There is no reason for behaviour mimicing a desktops capability in fact that is the opposite of what you would want.
Besides what do people think the dock connector is using if not USB?
Also, are you going to be holding an iPad with wires hanging off of it? I don't think so. It's contrary to the idea of the iPad, and definitely not an aesthetic Apple is interested in.
This really rubs me the wrong way and strikes me as being out of touch. Of course wires will hang from the USB device while it is in use. That is the whole point of having a USB port in the first place, to provide a bit of connectivity where the device may be added or removed at random.
Frankly it is no different than holding a laptop in one hand while making a connection to xyz device to transfer data or otherwise work with the device. It is obvious you don't see iPad as a tool, but for many of us it could become just that. All it needs is the right support.
The forthcoming wireless printing support is a huge step forward in addressing some of the requests and needs of users.
Again I think you have a very narrow view of what people want. I suspect very few care one way or the other about USB printing though support is always useful in a pinch. Rather we care about easy low cost connectivity to commonly used USB hardware. Simply put dock port adapters are not the answer.
I think you'll be seeing more wireless connectivity solutions coming down the pike. Forget the USB thing, it won't happen.
Why would I want wireless connectivity to a flash stick or a multi card reader? For that matter any of a number of other devices. I really don't think you position is well thought out.
If there is any one hardware feature (besides a camera) that would be welcomed in the iPad, it would be an SD card slot, and the iPad is big enough for this to be practical. An SD card slot is far more elegant than breaking out a bunch of cables and adapters to plug in a digital camera just to get pics off of it.
Yes an SD slot is an excellent idea. It is not however a suitable replacement for a built in USB port. Like it or not there are cameras that don't use SD cards. Further your personal grudge against wires is immature and out of touch. Direct USB connections are reliable and trouble free and most importantly REMOVABLE. You started off really well and then went mental about cables at the end here, why I don't know. They reality is Apple could stick a full size USB port in an iPad that most user wouldn't even notice.