I read the stuff below and what I got form it is that I don't need a SD slots os nobody else should need one. Sorry to point out that many of us have a different point of view.
Originally Posted by d-range
I don't think Apple will ever include an SD slot in the iPad, simply because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The only arguments that people who want to have it built in have are 'almost any device with a CPU has an SD slot, so Apple should include it as well' or 'I want to transfer content directly from my digital camera'. The first argument is pretty unimpressive, why would Apple care about what other devices have or have not?
Actually you are the only one to state that argument in that manner. Further you are right it is an un impressive argument.
They sell the iPad based on its own merits, and having every port or slot thinkable is not one of them, if you want that, just buy a laptop. The second argument is just silly if you ask me. How many people will *actually* grab photo's from their camera and put them directly on their iPad, without first putting them on a PC?
I would suggest that many would. There are a number of reasons as to why you might want to do so. First; the iPad might be the only PC you are traveling with. Second; you might be engaged in selling real estate and need to update an online listing and prefer the iPad to the iPhone. Third; you could be on a business trip and need to zip some pics back to the plant for a review of some sort. Fourth; you might be hiking in the back woods and simply need the security of having something backed up. Fifth; maybe you come upon a crime scene and find that you are the first there to be able to upload the blood spattered images to the net. Sixth; you are buying a boat and post some pics on line to get feedback from fellow boaters. Seventh; you are away on business and the wife is at the ball game snapping pics of the kids which she forwards to you. Eight; you need to catLog some pics that are used to document an event.
I could go on and on but there are plenty of examples where you might need to take pictures with a higher quality camera than what is in a cell phone and manipulate them without a camera. Some of those pics might not even survive for more than a few days. The point is photography is not just an art, it can be used in conjunction with business activities or for fleeting communications.
Anyone even remotely serious about their photo's will want to select, edit, post-process, index, archive and backup their photo's first, and for that you will want to use a PC anyway.
Not always. I can be a very serious photographer but there are times when the pics are just there for the moment, to solve a problem or as extended communications.
As soon as you have the photo's on a PC anyway, putting them back on SD to get them on your iPad is actually less convenient than just using iTunes over USB, dropbox over Wifi, and (very likely) in the future something similar to AirPlay but for images (maybe it already exists).
OK so who has even mentioned doing this. You are creating excuses out of things that don't make sense.
The same holds for any other type of content that's located somewhere on another computer or the internet. Accessing content wirelessly and automatically syncing to onboard storage are the future, SD cards to carry around content will slowly become a niche use-case for devices that are not always online, and can't easily sync content periodically.
This whole idea of the cloud is just baloney. Anybody that travels even a bit knows full well that the could isn't always there and if it is often isn't fast enough to even send pics across.
If you still insist you want to import directly from SD card, just buy the camera kit and stop complaining on the internet that an SD slot is a must-have. Not having it is a minor inconvenience, nothing more.
We could say that about a lot of features that the iPad could have. The point with the SD slot is that it is a very low cost way to add additional functionality to the iPad. Further it would get used extensively which is more than can be said about an HDMI port or some of the other requests seen here.
I think Apple will simply look how many camera kits they have sold for iPad 1, if it's a huge number of them they will add an SD slot, but honestly I don't think more than 1 or 2 percent of iPad users bought the camera kit.
Well that would be fairly stupid as who will go out of their way to pay for a camera connection kit when they have alternatives? in the end you don't really have an argument that makes sense to me. Not for keeping the SD card out of iPad 2 anyways.