iPad iPad 6 features

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jondunford, Dec 29, 2013.


What features do you expect?

  1. A8

    68 vote(s)
  2. Shipping with iOS8

    59 vote(s)
  3. 4k

    10 vote(s)
  4. New sizes

    18 vote(s)
  5. New shape

    4 vote(s)
  6. More colors

    19 vote(s)
  7. Stylus

    5 vote(s)
  8. Fingerprint scanner

    68 vote(s)
  9. OS X = iOS

    8 vote(s)
  10. User accounts

    21 vote(s)
  1. jondunford macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2013
    Going for a poo Moderator
    • iOS 8
    • A8 processor
    • Fingerprint ID
    • 4k display
    • Multiple sizes 6" 7" 10" 12.9"

    What do you think?
  2. djplaxe2109 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2013
    A 4K display on an iPad is useless. After a major redesign, I expect a spec upgrade and possibly touch ID, although I don't see much use for it on an iPad without support for multiple accounts.
  3. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    I think this "poll" confirms what I concluded with the release of the ipad air and retina mini--that the ipad is a very mature product. I dont expect a lot of changes, perhaps true multi-tasking in ios8 and a comensurate ram increase.

    I am however expecting another apple tablet that will be more like a surface hybrid. I would not be surprised to see ios on a touch notebook--but i would be surprised to see osx on a tablet
  4. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    The Air seems like such a great product, I can't think of much to do with it. I think we'll start to see form factors stick around for longer than a couple of years - I reckon it'll be like Macs, which only get a redesign maybe once every four or five years.

    Having said that, the iPad 6 (or iPad Air 2nd generation?) will obviously have an A8 SoC, and ship with iOS 8. I'd wager we'd see TouchID and 2GB RAM, too.

    It's also quite possible they'll update the camera, as it's remained mainly the same for a while. TrueTone flash and slow-mo aren't super likely, but it'd be nice.

    Until a major breakthrough is made, such as a flexible/foldable product or one with a month battery life, I doubt radical changes are coming soon.
  5. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I picked
    Shipping with iOS 8
    More colors (Its got to come in gold)
    Figure print scanner.

    I didn't pick and because
    4k cuz its not going to happen not yet any way.
    New size cuz that would be called iPad pro a whole different iPad and i'm still not to sure about it.
    New shape cuz its not gona be no triangle.
    Stylus cuz I remember Steve Jobs saying that they were stupid (not his exact words) and that they weren't needed and they are just stupid.
    OS X = iOS cuz it wont happen
    User acounts cuz that ain't apple
  6. Ludatyk macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2012
    Everyone already assumed the finger print scanner for the iPads this year.. And it was omitted. Rest assured it will be implemented as a feature for the next year iPads.

    I think that would be the cornerstone of the updated iPads for next year, A8 is a given.. And I don't see Apple doing anything groundbreaking, but I feel some sort of keyboard accessory that will help out education and business instances.

    But I don't expect anything major... I think all there attention will be on iOS 8 and getting that up to par with the iPads.
  7. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2011
    2gb ram and being able to run more than one app at once is all ask for. Doubt if the second one will ever happen.
  8. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
  9. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2011
    LOL the only 4 I picked were the top 4 responses.

    More sizes is pointless. People are asking for a smaller iPad AND a bigger iPhone? Logical! :rolleyes:

    Honestly, aside from putting the fingerprint reader, I truly honestly believe the iPad has hit the Macbook stride where it's done in terms of any serious physical appearance work, now it's just about keeping the internals up to date. They're light, thin, comfortable in the hand, feel great. Leave it as it is.
  10. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    i would love to see an iPad Air 2 with 8 core ARM CPU and a size of car battery. :apple:
  11. TheAnvil macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2013
    It is shocking that the thing people want least of all is a proper stylus (Wacom digitizer).
    That's the only thing I'd want, along with 2x the battery life.
  12. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    iPad Air 2
    Design: Same as iPad Air, has Touch ID
    Display: Same as iPad Air
    Performance: A8 chip and M8 coprocessor, 2GB of RAM
    Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, more LTE bands
    Cameras: Same as iPad Air
    Battery: Same as iPad Air
  13. calvol, Jan 1, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014
  14. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    • Paper Thinner
    • Lighter
    • Faster
    • With the usual looking/crippled OS and small amount of RAM.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think we'll see a new processor, new iOS (that's a no brainer as we always see those two) I can't image it getting any thinner like it in prior revisions. Additionally we'll not see iOS become OSX, Apple likes having the tablet OS separate to the desktop OS.

    Hopefully more ram, because of the march towards full 64bit computing. Other then that, I have no idea.
  16. Macalicious2011 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    4k display isn't practical. It would require a beast of a graphics ship which would need to be powered by a huge battery.

    I'm sure we will eventually see 4k display on mobile device but battery technology needs to catch up before it's practical.
  17. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I agree that the iPad is at its peak maturity right now with the Air. Fingerprint ID, and few other goodies are all you'll see. Nothing wrong with that.
  18. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    I run multiple apps simultaneously all the time on my iPad, for instance the DAW Cubasis along with several synthesizer and audio effects apps, all working together at the same time.
  19. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2011
    If they turned the Air into a Galaxy Note type device first it would jack up the price and it would require app developers to accommodate it. Plus I have a feeling it might mess up the form factor (the Note isn't exactly svelte compared to other tablets).

    The Galaxy Note, while popular, is largely a niche device. The majority of people who have the III just use it as a phablet, and the 10.1 did NOT sell especially well. I bought one and it was a beautiful device, but it wasn't exactly burning up the sales at Best Buy.

    IMO something like that should be a separate product. The iPad Pro or something. Make THAT the 12" screen version. Keep the Air untouched but make a 12" tablet with a digitizer and stylus.
  20. TheAnvil macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2013
    I don't buy that. Developers are working on their own APIs to support better styli, but mo matter how good their products get they will never be as goon as a Wacom digitizer.

    Unfortunately, that has more to do with the way the market is. Most people choose android [tablets] because they are cheaper than iPads. A Galaxy note 8, costs the same as an iPad mini retina; it isn't surprising therefore that most people overlook them.

    I disagree. I wouldn't be carrying a 12.9" product with myself as I do the mini. If I were carrying around something that big, it would be a laptop. And I type much faster (and much more legibly) than I write.
  21. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Touch ID, more RAM, the usual extra processing boost, camera upgrades.

    For those asking for a 4K display, you must've been seeing too many of those Kindle Fire commercials. The Retina Display is defined by Apple to be one with so many pixels per inch that the average eye cannot distinguish them individually. Therefore, what good would tripling or quadrupling the pixels on a 9.7-inch display be? It means a thicker device and less battery life. Nobody in their right mind would sacrifice battery life on an iPad Air for a 4K display.

    Also, do you have any idea how expensive 4K displays are in any size? I'm willing to bet one of the major holdups on an Apple TV is waiting for 4K to get semi-affordable on a TV. But TVs are large enough that they can benefit from those extra pixels, especially on larger models.

    The iPad Air is probably the iPad Apple has been aiming for for years. Very little wasted bezel, pretty thin and light, Retina Display, LTE.
  22. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2011
    The reason I said that is that I don't like the idea of iPads just having that as a standard feature. It would add cost, among other things, to the device. Like you said, the price is in a good spot right now, but notice how the Galaxy Note line is significantly more expensive than any other tablets on the market. The 16GB WiFi Galaxy Note 10.1 is $550 at the cheapest. That's only $50 more than the Air, but it's about $150 more than any other Android tablets (depending on what you consider the Asus Transformer), and means it's the most expensive tablet there is. What would happen to iPad sales if the base WiFi model was $600+?

    As nifty as it would be, unless it could be done without adding bulk or cost to the device I see it as a bad choice because it's a severe minority of people who want it. Which is why I think it would be better served in its own line. I just spat out the 12" screen idea because I figured most people who want a tablet with a stylus and Wacom digitizer would be artist types who got real use out of more screen space.
  23. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    2014 -Lets go all out. Stereo Sound by putting a speaker at either end of the device.

    A bit radical I know, but I'm sure Apple's R&D team after years of development by the 6th generation model, may just be able to pull this off this major technical leap.
  24. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    I don't need any of those things. The one thing I want the most is just the ability to add an attachment to an email.
  25. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I am 99% certain there will be TouchID. Very hopeful for 2 GB RAM because of other tablet competition. An upgraded front and back camera would be very nice too. 5 MP on the back is getting a little obsolete in smartphones nowadays.

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