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What's On Your iPad 4 Wish List?
The latest rumor on the iPhone/iPad front has an announcement on September 12th of the new iPhone 5 with a release following on soon thereafter September 21st. The iPhone 5 launch is a safe bet while the iPad Mini is likely, but not as much a foregone conclusion. The "new" iPad (the one we wish Apple had called the "3") has only been on sale for about 5 months but that hasn't stopped us from putting together a wish list of features we'd like to see in an iPad "4" (not the rumored "Mini").
A Tablet Can Never Be Too Thin or LightAlthough the current iPad is not bad in the thin and light department even though it did gain in thickness in the last version going from a .34-inch iPad 2 to a .37-inch "new" iPad. The iPad Mini rumors speak of a 7.85-inch tablet as thin as a 7.2mm (.28 inches) iPod Touch. Currently the iPad "3" is 9.4mm (.37 inches) thin and weighs around 650 grams or 1.4 lbs. The Microsoft Surface is supposed to weigh in at 675 grams. Wouldn't it be nice to have a sub-1 lb. iPad?
NFC For Contactless ConnectionsNFC (Near Field Communications - or as we sometimes call it "not just for commerce") is a technology currently available in many mobile devices and many other countries. It's being touted mainly for use in mobile wallets or contactless payments but it can really make much more than that possible. For example when anything gets a "tag" attached to it (a tag is a super low cost passive semiconductor device), an NFC-equipped iPad would be able to tap and "read" the tag on anything from a painting in a museum to an item in a store. We've heard rumors about NFC in the new iPhone 5 and would love to see it in a future iPad.
Even Longer Battery LifeCurrently the iPad is rated for 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback or a month of standby. Users report getting about 8 hours in normal use. We understand the tradeoffs with weight and battery size but a 14 hour battery life would be high on our wish list. Here's a suggestion for Apple; how about if the iPad didn't see a Wi-Fi connection for some period it would go into a sort of Wi-Fi standby mode?
A KickstandOther phones and tablets have designed in kickstands that keep the device propped up on a flat surface and yes, we know you can get a case with a built-in stand but we wonder if Apple thought of the idea and rejected it or would like to copy the idea but can't because of patent problems or just pride.
More Colors to Choose FromAlthough black and white are probably good enough for most people, it might be fun to have an option to buy an iPad in a different color. In the meantime we guess you'll have to express yourselves with colorful cases.
More StorageCurrently the upper limit on iPad memory is 64GB. We understand the trend to Cloud computing and streaming will make on-board storage less important but we'd still like to see an option for 128GB or even 256GB.
SD Card SlotAlthough we think the chances of an SD Card slot are slim to none, we'd still like to have an opportunity to add additional storage with an inexpensive SD card and have the ability to move big chunks of data on or off the iPad using SD card readers. A Thunderbolt port might get around the need for an SD Card slot but then again, how many Thunderbolt-equipped devices are out there?
The Latest Wi-Fi Standard is "AC"We're just starting to read about products supporting the latest Wi-Fi standard called 802.11ac. Although we don't expect to see this new standard at our local Starbucks anytime soon, it should be available in home routers before too long and would make streaming and "clouding" that much faster.
What's on Your Wish List?That's our list so far, we'd love to hear what's on your wish list for a future iPad.

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Wish List Ipad 4

How about asking for a wireless headphones and microphone. Does anybody likes wires???

iPad wish list

I know the current trend, as you said, is to "the cloud". And I can transfer files through apps such as Dropbox. But I sure would like to see a way to transfer common files such as jpg and text type files from my PC to iPad and back. Or even an easy way to import them into iTunes. I spent a lot of time trying to import videos not in iTunes into my iPad. Just a thought. Keep up the great work. I look to you guys for all the latest info and you never disappoint. I will say that I use your emails to point me to different info so if you wanted to increase the content on to point me to your website go ahead. Keep it up, you guys do rock.
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USB 2 or 3 is badly overdue.
I like my apple products but it's too restricted and cloud pushy.
Many parts of the world are facing bad Internet connectivity with lots of down time and slow speeds.
In theory cloud is great, when you have a fiber access fantastic in Asia hopeless.
More store, better compatibility !

Non-slippery Surface

There have been many times when I have had trouble holding on to my iPad or almost dropping it due to the slick surface. I would like for it to have a less slippery surface.

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Non-slippery Surface

There have been many times when I have had trouble holding on to my iPad or almost dropping it due to the slick surface. I would like for it to have a less slippery surface.

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How about Siri like on iPhone Put it on i pad

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ipad wish list

How about the ability to run Windows Office so real business work can be accomplished

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I'd like the option of playing a song and having it stop automatically. This would be for dancing in preparation for performance. Running over to the sound system after a song is finished and we have danced to it, is a pain. Keep the option for continuous play, of course. A blue tooth connection is part of the solution, but reception varies depending on my location relative to the blue tooth connection in my sound box.

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I think Apple should restart Firewire support again in Ipad

IPad 4 Wish

A GPS system that does not require the cell phone option to use the map App. My WIFI only IPad works fine except for that.

Wish list for iPad

Ability to print to any printer on my home network (non Apple)

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iPad Wish List

Here's what I'd add to your already good list:

- USB interface
- Expanded iTunes app capabilities -- basically, the app should deliver the same feature set as the desktop version; at a minimum, the same controls in playback, and the ability to subscribe to podcasts
- Flash support: unfortunately, too many sites still use Flash. There has to be a way to safely support Flash on iOS.

IPAD wishlist

How about a chargeable pen sized handset to clip to the ipad and use as a iphone, or may be headset. I don't see point in having 2 devices.

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I agree. Why can't you do something so that we can use the i-pad as a phone with some add on? I'd also like to see a SD card slot.

iPad 4 wish list

iPad 4 wish list is FLASH. Our medical doctors and consultants use flash which means our current iPad is not capable of displaying their dialogue and follow up instructions! They recommend urls which we cannot bring up due to lack of flash. So frustrating! Please support flash.

iPad 4 wish list

iPad 4 wish list is FLASH. Our medical doctors and consultants use flash which means our current iPad is not capable of displaying their dialogue and follow up instructions! They recommend urls which we cannot bring up due to lack of flash. So frustrating! Please support flash.

Wish list

We need more storage 256 or even 512 if possible. We then need with that a sd storage. I know we have the iPhone, but a feature to use a phone to call if possible. Wish less

Ipad 4

Yes more storage please as standard. I use my IPad travelling, on planes, in hotels etc and do not want to have to access cloud when on the move. cloud ok at home but not when travelling.

Printing - such a pain I can't print from my iPad. I had a good HP printer, I don't want to change.

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Video format. I have to reformat HD video to play on my iPad. Why?

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