For many people the iPad was a revelation, but when many consumers finally saw it in front of them they felt like they had just inflated their iPod Touch. Now that talk about the iPad 2 is starting to be heard there are some clear reasons available why Apple should begin looking into upgrading their fledgling technology. Once we have piled through the wants, requests, and hopes for the iPad 2 there are a few clear reasons why Apple should upgrade this device.
The iPad not only needs to surpass the iPhone and create an entirely new niche market for itself, it also needs to match what the iPhone has already pioneered. FaceTime is standing out as the iPhone‚Äôs new champion of progress and may finally do what so many video phone services have failed at: to make it popular and accessible. This is not only a feature that would feel perfect for a mobile phone but also for mobile computing, and with the iPad‚Äôs screen technology it may even be more suited. In the coming iPad 2 we should be expecting the camera feature in line with FaceTime, and it should be just in time for a major upgrade to the software as a whole.
2. Retina Display
If the iPad is going to continue to be competitive it has to do what the iPod did in the MP3 market, which is to make the newest developments before the competitors have a chance. This should also mean keeping its technology ahead of the game in terms of the elements that are already in play, which in this case will be its screen resolution. The iPad is going to dominate as a device that is capable for watching high quality video and playing videogames, and if the elements of the iPhone 4‚Äôs retina display can be ported over on the iPad 2 upgrade then this is going to allow app developers to really take advantage of this technology.
3. App Support (Better App Switiching and Multitasking)
The iPad and iPhone have both been devices that really rest their foundations on the software that they support, which has also been that pattern for Mac‚Äôs home computing line. The iPad had an immediate library of applications on its side because of those that started on the iPhone, but it has still been relatively slow at releasing iPad specifics apps that will elevate the iPad beyond its appearance as a giant iPod Touch. If they expect the iPad 2 to really take off then they need to work on internal applications that will allow the iPad to stand out as an independent computing device. This may or may not be impacted by the hardware of the iPad or the iOS 5 update, but either way it needs to be a priority.
4. Storage Space and Speed
The technical specs of the iPad have still left a few things to desire, mainly that its overall storage size and processor speed are still not sufficient enough to catapult the iPad into practical application use. In future models the format of the iPad needs to be matched with the concept of a home computer in that the storage space needs to facilitate the creation of documents and files within the iPad itself and speed needs to be increasing exponentially to support innovative apps and games. The iPad 2 should be upgraded so that it is going to move more in the direction of the MacBook so that it not constantly lumped in with the type of use normally associated with the iPod Touch and iPhone 4.
There has been a lot of talk about the creation of a smaller iPad unit when the iPad 2 is released, with some speculation around the possibility of a 7‚Äù display version. This would be a major step backward for the iPad, as it would be retreating back into its iPod past. Instead, one reason to upgrade the iPad would be to actually make it larger. This would highlight the abilities of the iPad that the iPod Touch and iPhone do not share and make it more practical for everyday use in the professional and educational fields. There is no reason to make it more portable because right now it is already straddling that line.