Originally Posted by Ireland
Cross-hatching would add weight, they don't need 'extra' strength. The obvious way to reduce weight is going to carbon-fibre, but the real issue is the bulk of the weight of the iPad isn't actually the aluminum, but rather the battery and glass.
I can't speak for the other poster but I suspect what he is thinking about is approaches used in the aerospace industry to lighten structures. Sometimes the resulting structure looks like a honeycomb.
A pict would really help here but I'm not about to go looking.
While I agree with you the primary weight issues are else where, every little bit helps. Honestly though they have been pretty aggressive with the current techniques. The problem is; even at China rates it has to be expensive to CNC machine everyone of these housings.
I don't see this happening, but personally I would love them to simply reduce the size of the iPad itself to 9" exactly. As opposed to 9.7". Right away that would make the iPad a little lighter, and I'd argue, the weight-change would be noticeable. The iPad would be even more manageable with slightly smaller everything.
Nope, keep the current one as is and seriously reconsider a sub 7" device for the weaker sex. Or simply for people that value the small size.
I don't see dual-core proc. happening. Apple likes to do things slowly.
Nope here too. Why? Because Apple has already invested in the technology that would directly leverage those cores. Apple will want to move in this direction quickly because it will enable many interesting things that they want to do with iPad that are currently an issue due to poor CPU performance.
Oh and before people start to whine about the comment about poor CPU performance you better be able to backup your claims. This isn't a comment about iPads performance as a system but rather the specific issue of bringing new functionality to the platform that needs more CPU power.
On the flip side the competition is a real issue too. There are many SoC platforms coming to market that will make dual core handheld devices very popular.
That seems too big of a jump. 512MB RAM at least, is certain. SD-card slot would be interesting, if even surprising, I think. Micro-USB as part of the Euro charging standards is a possibility. FaceTime camera is an absolute certainty.
I suspect that in November we might see a memory bump to iPad to allow it to work better with iOS 4.2. I'm almost thinking it will be a minimal requirement for new hardware.
While a memory bump might be minimal, they may have a bigger bump ready for November. This of course is a bigger stretch but with all the new Cortex A9 hardware on the market Apple will be left behind if they wait for late spring to update. Further it would explode the demand during the Christmas holidays.
In any event I'm not sure why people are so convinced that iPad will always be updated around its release time. Honestly folks Apple has been releasing new hardware in the spring for years, that has never kept them from moving release schedules about. For a very consumer oriented device an update in November makes a lot of sense. Just like it makes a lot of sense for Apple to run Back to School with bumped hardware in the summer.
Obviously only Apple knows what it is up to but it is a little to early into iPads life time to think that a pattern has formed already. Apple has the ability to keep this market to themselves if they are aggressive and frequent with updates.