The future of iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by alex00100, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. alex00100 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
    Hello MacRumors,
    I can't believe we don't yet have a thread like this. I'm planning to upgrade from my iPad 3 next year so what do you think apple will change in iPads next year?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    There are plenty of threads discussing the future of the iPad. And Apple isn't going to be updating the iPad in the next year, they just released iPad Pros' in June.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There are so many threads already like this. I can not believe we have another.
  4. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Would you believe we will probably have another one pop up in the next hour, as if this one didn't even exist? I would. I'd believe anything at this point
  5. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    There will be:
    faster CPU
    faster GPU
    same battery life
    same/similar form factor
    120hz will trickle down
    truetone will trickle down

    The big change will be that the iPad will start being used as the base-station for augmented reality gear (glasses, etc.).
  6. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Aside from standard incremental upgrades, it is impossible to know. That being said, if you are on an iPad 3, like the iPad experience, and are in any way able to afford it, I would highly recommend you upgrade now. Whether you go iPad Pro or upgrade to the basic iPad line that was released in the spring would be entirely based on your needs and budget. iPad 3 is arguably the worst iPad ever released. Extremely slow and you're stuck on iOS 9. iOS 11 is going to be a massive benefit to the iPad line. This is the time to buy. As hinted above the iPad line might be beginning to experience a longer upgrade cycle. So we might not see a new iPad for over a year from now.
  7. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I'm surprised you can still use your iPad 3. I bought mine on launch day, then wasn't happy when Apple replaced the 3 like 3-6 months later with the iPad 4. My wife and I both had the 3 and they both had charging/battery issues.

    If I were you I'd upgrade now. The new iPads were just released this spring. The next release cycle could be over a year from now.
  8. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    If it works keep going.
    We have two 4s the kids still use at the grand parents and they are fine.

    And yes, lots of threads on this same topic..
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Just wait, we can postulate until we're blue in the face, but that doesn't matter. Since you're not buying anything now, just sit back, and enjoy your current iPad :)
  10. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    I never understood these replies. "Just wait"? Why do you think he's visiting MacRumors? We're here because we want to speculate and guess what the next Apple product will have and not just wait until Apple's own announcements.

    Anyway, we already have one reliable rumor by Ming Chi Kuo about the next 'Revolutionary' OLED iPad.
    I'm going to assume that you are looking to buy the next iPad Pro and not the low cost iPad. I'd say that it's possible that the next one will be getting changes similar to the "iPhone 8" which includes removing the home button.

    Some of the things that could be present in the next iPad Pro update based on rumors, consistency between iPhone and iPad, technology advancements and guessing would be:
    • Edge to edge rounded display with very small bezels (or cutouts) to house the camera and sensors
    • OLED display with HDR support
    • On screen Touch ID home button
    • New design with rounded edges, 2.5D glass
    • Very thin, ~5mm body
    • 3D Touch with pressure sensitivity and linear actuators
    • IR sensors for AR and facial recognition
    • IP67 water resistance
    • A11X chip built on 7nm node process
    • Apple designed GPU
    • 6GB RAM
    • Upgraded cameras (same as "iPhone 8")
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • 29W USB-C charger with USB-C to lightning cable
    • No 3.5mm headphone jack
    I don't expect the next Pro to have all of these features so don't get your hopes up. I think the next iPhone announcement will make it clearer what Apple wants to do with future iOS products.
  11. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    Yea, the 3 was the worst. Does not happen so often that Apple releases a half-baked product, but this was it. Too anxious to get Retina screen on the market, should have waited a bit to get the processor up to spec.
  12. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    I have an iPad 2 and my father has an iPad 3. If you compare them side by side, you'll see that the iPad 3 is a lot better than the iPad 2 in terms of performance. Sure the 3 does lag because the GPU can barely drive the retina display but all that does is dropped frames during animations. The 2 on the other hand is a lot worse in that it only has 512MB RAM. Apps like Pages and Google Docs will lag so much that keyboard clicks are registered seconds after you touch them. You can't even open two Safari tabs at the same time without refreshing every time you switch the tab and having horrible lag at the same time. The same happens while switching between two apps. Not to mention all the instantaneous app shutdowns when it's out of memory.

    The iPad 2 lagging will leave you with a static screen for about 30 seconds. (Several minutes on iOS 8.0, before 8.1 update) That's something that rarely happens on the iPad 3. While the 3 is not very performant by todays standards, it is still working as it should. The iPad 2 is almost unusable for many tasks. What I'm trying to say is that even if the 3 seems to be "half-baked", it did age much better than the 2 and most of the lag you guys are experiencing is "minor" animation lag.
  13. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    The edge to edge display is not happening because you need some bezels to hold the device, unlike a phone that rests on your palm. OLED for sure but HDR to work properly would require being able to put out a lot more brightness so I don't see it happening anytime soon even if technically the display may support it - it just won't be "proper" HDR with 1000+ nits brightness. Touch ID on screen might pose its own set of issues too.

    In any case none of the many things you listed are a significant upgrade to the iPad as it is. Maybe that says more about how good it is already but to me it needs some killer features both on the device but more on the software side. iOS 11 is a good step forward in usability.
  14. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    OLED is a significant upgrade to me because of the deep black levels. Otherwise I think that the current 10.5" Pro is amazing.

    But I disagree with you on bezels and HDR. You can already hold an iPad at the edge of the screen and your finger will be rejected because it detects from the touch area that you are just holding it and not trying to interact with the screen. There's no problem if you cover a very small part of the screen with your thumb because of this and it works well on the 10.5" with small bezels. As for HDR, light intensity is relative to your environment. If you're in a normal lit or a dark room, 600 nits will be more than enough for HDR to work properly. HDR is already available on a few phones including the GS8.

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