iPad 4 - What Improvements/Features?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by austinguy23, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Anyone have thoughts on what updates/improvements we may see with the iPad 4?
  2. mactumors macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    Too soon.

    That said, I'd finally buy one if it had better handwriting recognition.
  3. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    I'm interested to see what this minor "mid year refresh" of the iPad 3rd gen will be during the presumed iPad Mini event.

    Slightly annoyed that they're doing that after people just bought the iPad this year. Especially if they make it more battery efficiently and lighter/thinner.

  4. ARSC macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
  5. 725032 Guest


    Aug 5, 2012
    Lighter and less heat build up would be great
  6. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    I'd normally say the same thing but, oddly, I think this time we can make a pretty good guess: New CPU / GPU will be the big thing and have a significant effect elsewhere in the product to boot.

    Cortex A15 processors and PowerVR Series 6 should both be available for March 2013 and promise a huge jump forward in processing power and efficiency. That's vital for the iPad retina display and will have a dramatic effect on both user experience and, potentially, design. I'd imagine Apple will be seriously looking to reduce power requirements from the current iPad if at all possible as shrinking that big battery pack down a bit is going to be key to reducing weight and letting them play with the design if they want to.

    On top of that I'd expect to see the newer generation of LTE radios be included, if only to reduce power requirements and maybe offer additional LTE bands. If the rumours of iPhone 5 featuring in-cell touch technology are true then maybe that would also make it to the iPad (though I suspect that depends on whether or not the iPad retina display adds any additional problems to implementing that tech).

    Everything else is, of course, up in the air but I would expect an evolutionary product rather than a revolutionary one this time round.
  7. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I expect:
    the new IGZO displays
    Same battery life
    better wifi antennas (like kindle fire hd)
    BIG increase in both cpu and gpu power
    world lte radios
    32/64/128gb - yes, the time has come!!!
    smaller dock connector
    upgraded rear camera to the 4s one
    facetime hd front camera

    I would also like a better speaker, but tbh the current iPad one is pretty good!
  8. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2012
    - Lighter
    - Anti reflective screen
    - More RAM
    - MIMO Wifi
  9. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
  10. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    It's a screen. I feel there are only so many improvements you can make, short of gimmicky features like a built-in projector or infra-red keyboard scanner. :p

    Quad-core processor, more ram.storage, that igzo screen supposedly allowing thinner form factor and lower power consumption, maybe improved battery tech to allow for even longer battery life, maybe better quality speakers...

    The really basic stuff.
  11. foiden, Sep 8, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2012

    foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    I'm definitely down for the 128GB option. The apps, particularly for video-creators are rapidly becoming more demanding, and allowing more ability to craft large-scale projects. If anything, they're the kind of people who may have the highest potential to use up more space for work. Even the music programs are getting to the point they will demand higher space requirements for project data. Of course, its no complaint that we have provisions for uploading and offloading this data to and from the iPad now.

    Still, who knows what the future will bring and especially for video creators also using music, a single actual video may be comprised of a number of projects which get edited together. It would be nice to make sure that same machine can do such a thing with the data that is on it without worrying so much about space.

    Outside of that, the typical wants as the poster above me said, would be what I would ask for. Apps are pretty much covering the software part of the wish-list. And they continue to move in a direction of power even with what we currently have.

    The iPad, right now, is pretty much a Star Trek device. I'm just glad I don't just have to envy those guys on television anymore about their cool inter-connected tablets and such which, in reality, were just mockups.

    But as a simple, interest; it would be interesting if they can get to the point where they could have animated backgrounds for the main icon view screen. Of course, people will go crazy with it and create distracting backgrounds, but I wouldn't mind having something akin to a slow moving cool simple gradient plasma effect behind the icons. Considering with the iPad, Apple already long since nailed the idea of how to show video running with extremely low power consumption. They already had 10+ hour straight video-playback per charge with iPad 1, in their video app.
  12. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
  13. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    IGZO display
    Thinner (8.8 mm or thinner) and Lighter
    Battery life = 12 hours
    A6X @ 1Ghz
    8mp f/2.2 aperture
    Facetime HD camera
  14. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    "the new iPad s"

    It is a screen bolted onto a battery. Real innovation from here on out will be in software/apps.
  15. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    New iOS will get it a lot of new features.

    Only I can see is better camera and speakers.
  16. dchao macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2008
    It's going to be a media-centric tablet. Therefore no update, just dumping down of iPad features.

    Don't forget we already have an iPhone 5 that will support a larger display!
  17. blufire95 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2012
    I'm waiting for Apple to jump on 3D
    I think it's only a question of time ;)
    And of course hologramms would be great :D
  18. austinguy23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Yes, stronger and more stable wi-fi is long overdue.
  19. SeanR1 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    256 mb ram. 1024x 786. A4 processor. 8/16/32GB. Starting at $1200. :)
  20. austinguy23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    I christen thee Sheep of the Week.
  21. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
  22. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    If anything, all I can see them is changing the dock port to the newer, smaller one. Otherwise, nothing else will change.
  23. WindWaker macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2011
    I would really, really like:

    1) Far better stylus input (I really need this for note-taking via stylus)
    2) IGZO display (basically confirmed...)
    3) New Dock Connector (again, all but confirmed)
    4) FRONT-FACING speakers
    5) 2.0+ MP front facing camera w/ a better sensor
    6) Improved back camera
    7) Stocks app (although this would be done through iOS)
    8) That Concept Smarter Smart Cover Compatibility
    9) Finder (again, done through iOS if at all...)
    10) NFC (Surprisingly useful lol)
    11) More Efficient Battery
    12) A Hugely Improved Processor (more than A6-- although it's slowly happening, I want to be able to use FCPX on an iPad within the next 5 years, although I know it'll take a while)
    13) LED Flash on the back camera
    14) A Dedicated Keyboard Clamshell Dock Accessory
    15) USB out support (for charging an iPhone, game controllers, flash drives, etc)
    16) A 128gb+ option

    So, those are the 16 off the top of my head. If the next one has even 4 of those (or less, depending on which) I'll pick one up.
  24. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    To be fair, looking at all the negative sentiments and controversy surrounding the release of the 1st ipad (juxtaposed against its actual popularity), it does suggest that Apple can be better at telling us what we want, than we ourselves.:)

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