About a month ago we ran a story regarding the iPad IOS 4 top feature requests. This was a random survey that we did and it was based on user feedback from Twitter/Facebook. Today, The Apple Blog published an article which was just as intriguing regarding the next iPad, or iPad version 2.
- A File System
- Wireless Printing
- Less reliance on a Mac or PC
- Improved Safari App
- Clock App
- Better Calendar App
- Improved Photo App
- Multiple User Accounts
It’s an impressive list to be sure. But beyond iOS 4, what about the next iPad? (iPad Version 2)? As it turns out, there was a survey done by German shopping site Gutschein-Codes of 3,000 consumers who weighed in when asked what they wanted to see in the next iPad release.
With every survey there will always be responses which are questionable but here are the results they published regarding iPad version 2 and the top six desired features:
- 48% want USB
- 44% want Adobe Flash
- 42% want an optical drive
- 38% want a TV Tuner
- 30% waterproof or shockproof
- 29% camera
There are definitely some interesting requests. I would have expected the camera to be much higher on the list and I was surprised about the “TV Tuner”. It stands to reason that iOS4 are software features and version 2 are hardware features. Based on our own observations, and those of surveys, etc. I feel the next iPad could have these features for sure:
- Front-facing camera (there could be front and back, but I feel front is more likely for video conferencing and iChat)
- Dual Speakers (For stereo sound)
- Flat back (I feel it will have a flat back like the current iPhone got)
- Retina Display
I do not feel that there will ever be an optical drive or a USB port. Apple is getting further away from this type of storage and moving more toward cloud-based storage. The next iPad version 2, could even have a 7-inch sibling but for the sake of hardware changes, I think the 4 additions above are really safe bets. I would love to see it have a flat back and a dual speakers with a front-facing camera (at the very least).
All of the other features will most likely happen in future version of the iOS. iOS 4 and beyond will bring us greater functionality and a much-needed refresh.
So what features would you like to see in both iOS 4 and Version 2 of the iPad? How do you feel about our predictions?