iPad HD is so 11 hours in the future ago... What do you want from iPad 4?


Original poster
Mar 20, 2011
Poking fun at those who can't wait for the next revision.

Future native windows compatibility would be cool :p


macrumors 65816
Jun 5, 2007
Well played OP, well played.

That said... it's an interesting question in some ways. If the rumours are right and we get a Retina display, better camera, improved processor etc with the iPad 3, well, what's left to do? I really struggle to think what might make me upgrade to be honest. A new form factor would be cool but personally I love the existing design and can't really think what you'd do to make it significantly better (other than a weight reduction I guess). Improved SOC is a given but you need software to take advantage of that power so waiting a cycle isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Might just be me of course but I can't think of any must-have addition that I'd say was missing from the line (again, assuming the iPad 3 matched the rumours).


macrumors 68000
Mar 5, 2011
This would be my guess for the iPad 4:
  • 128GB version (doubt we'll see this in the iPad 3)
  • Quad-core CPU (the OS just isn't particularly designed for it yet)
  • 1.5GB of RAM (doubt it'd go all the way to 2GB, might even stay at 1GB)
  • 802.11ac
  • Some slightly updated variant of Bluetooth (Bluetooth 4.1, etc)
  • Slightly better cameras
  • Battery life equal to or slightly better than the iPad 3
  • New 30-pin dock connector (smaller; probably will debut w/ the 2012 iPhone first)
  • Same Retina display (but perhaps better/more efficient backlight)
  • Probably same form-factor (maybe thinner/lighter, no home button)
And yup, that's my prediction :D ... I'd personally love for it to integrate into a Macbook Air of sorts (like a Transformer Prime) and I think Apple could do it perfectly. I'd also want a pressure sensitive stylus for taking notes, etc as capacitive touchscreen styli just aren't that great (I've tried plenty of 'em)


macrumors 68040
Mar 11, 2009
Haha thanks for the laugh OP.
This would be my guess for the iPad 4:
  • Quad-core CPU (the OS just isn't particularly designed for it yet)
Actually, the OS is very designed for it. It's reasonably easy to take advantage of multiple cores, and you've been able to do so since iOS 3, but iOS 4 introduced GCD which is great, and I think iOS 5 has even more APIs for such things. That aside, many tasks like resource loading benefit from multiple cores.

Overall I think a high clock speed dual-core Cortex A15 will be far more useful than a quad-core Cortex A9, or better yet a high clock quad-core A15... ah, I can see it now :D
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Mar 1, 2012
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You actually believe that we are going to die then? You are more silly than the myth of it !


macrumors 6502a
Feb 24, 2011
Good titles deserve genuine answers!

I'd like to see Apple branded cloud computing - an extreme upgrade to Siri!


macrumors 68000
Apr 13, 2006
I actually like the name iPad HD... or how about iPad Pro? I think the numbering scheme is getting old. :)

iPad 4 should bring me breakfast in bed.