iPad 5: Wishlist

News Tony Crammond 16:00, Mar 27 2013

Here's what we want from the iPad 5

Apple’s next-gen iPad 5 could be unveiled in March and, as usual, there’s a blanket of secrecy over the device and its features. But here, for your reading pleasure, are the features that we feel are must-haves for the iPad 5

Long-term support

Yep, that’s right, the first key feature that we want to see in the next iPad is a bit more longevity. Apple released the iPad 3 in March 2012 and then followed it up with the iPad 4 in November, and that’s just unacceptable for a device with a premium price tag. We want to see Apple show a little respect for its customers and deliver some long-lasting support for its (excellent) hardware – not six monthly refresh cycles -- which amount to little more than profiteering.

Upgraded internals

If Apple is going to push out a new iPad mere months after the last then the device should boast some notable upgrades across its drive- train. We want to see a more efficient and powerful quad-core CPU, more RAM to give the device some future-proofing (see above) and a meatier GPU to allow the tablet to stay ahead in terms of gaming and HD media playback. Minor updates to iOS just aren’t going to cut it with this one.

Tougher

The current iPad 4 isn’t super fragile but we’d love to see an iPad 5 that is truly life-proof. A tablet that could take a coffee spill or a sprinkling of rain on the street, without turning up its toes and cashing out. Sony’s latest tech is making good use of advanced hydrophobic technology and shock and dust proofing, so why can’t the biggest tech company in the world follow suit?

Beefing up the new iPad would also allow users to pick up and use the device without apprehension, and the inevitable outlay on a protective case to hermetically seal the tablet from potential harm that usually follows it.

Thinner/Lighter

If the device is stronger then we’d love to see it weigh less and come in a bit thinner too, though we accept that this is a hard request in light of our previous one. The iPad has a great battery life and a nice aesthetic, but extended periods of use sometimes give us achy arms and that’s not cool, Apple! So do your stuff, slim it down and lighten the load…but whatever you do, don’t sacrifice that battery.

Stereo

We love to sit and listen to music while we’re browsing the Web on our iPads, so we’d love to see hear some stereo sound, with amped up bass and nicer mid-tones, if that’s not too much to ask? The iPad 4’s good, but just a few more adds and you’ll have nailed it.

If you have any comments or questions about the iPad 5, or maybe you just want to add a few items to the wishlist yourself, feel free to comment down below and let us know!

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I'm a novince to the IPAD...so does it have WORD on it? Can I use it like a computer?

You can buy an app which does most of the same things, Liz, it's called iWork. You can also pair a Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad, or use one built in to a case to give you a more natural typing experience if you're looking to work from it.

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