What the iPad v2 needs to have

Real Estate Agent with Fine Homes Orlando
I managed to talk myself out of buying an iPad when it first came out. The Responsible Brian narrowly edged out the OMG Gimme Gimme Brian, but it fell just short of what I wanted for that price. If version 2 has the following, then, unless the world implodes, I will happily fork over my cash.
  • Front-facing camera. This is a must. Video conferencing is business critical in this household with us having a one year old and the grandparents all in other states. A rear-facing camera would be really nice, but it's not a dealbreaker.
  • Retina display. I was suitably happy with the display on my iPhone 3... until the 4 game into my life. Now, looking at non-Retina devices, including the iPad, makes me feel like I'm playing Mask of the Sun in the year 1985. Don't get me wrong, videos look tremendous on the iPad, but a lot of what I do is text-based blogging and email.
  • Multitasking. I know this is coming soon to the iPad, so I'm not worried about it. But if I'm going to use it for light business, I need to be able to have Skype up all the time and still get other work done.
  • User profiles. This too isn't a must, but it would go a long way towards making it a family device. Ideally I would have a profile that has my icons, email accounts, and other preferences configured the way I want them, and my wife would have her own profile with all of her stuff.
That's it! Not too bad, right? At this point I fully expect iPad v2 to have at least the front-facing camera and FaceTime, given that it's already available in a much smaller form factor device. There may be formidable technical challenges to scaling up the Retina display in the near future. Multitasking will be available on iPad v1. User profiles don't have enough of a WOW! factor so I give this a 20% chance. Hmmm, in retrospect, I guess I just need a front-facing camera to justify it. Hop to it, Apple!
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Brian Hart shares his experiences living in Celebration, FL at CelebrationBlog.com. He also owns and operates GarageApartments.com, a site devoted to all things Garage Apartment.

Comments (3)

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I agree about the front-facing camer for video conferencing (i-chat).

I have no clue what a Retina Display is... so can't comment as to whether I think it needs it.

Multi-tasking?  Abso-freakin'-lutely!

User profiles... not that important for me... my kids are older and out of the house, and the wife has her own v1.


What I need is the ability for the i-pad to run Java, and for it to run basic software that I use in my daily life.

Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop.... I don't want to have to re-learn other software.... when I already know those.

AND... this is an important one... GET OFF THE FREAKING AT&T EXCLUSIVITY!  If (and when) I get my I-pad, I will be purchasing an EVO (or a hot spot device) so that I can run my i-pad off my sprint network...  I would prefer if it were available on Sprint (or Verizon) but will NOT be purchasing an AT&T device.  (AT&T Service in my area is terrible).

Jul 21, 2010 03:45 PM
Brian Hart
Fine Homes Orlando - Celebration, FL

@Alan - it's a fine line, though, between consumer tablet and netbook, though, I feel.  I think the biggest issue with Java, Word, Excel, etc. -- the standard softwares -- is that you have to have a keyboard and mouse to use those applications.  If Apple decides to support a mouse, then all they've created is another netbook.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not excited about the prospect of spreadsheeting (that's a word, right??) with multitouch, but I haven't tried it yet so maybe it'll be OK.  I think trying to Photoshop using multitouch would make me all stabby.

Retina is the newer denser pixel-count display on the iPhone 4.  It's one of those things you'll have to swing by an Apple store to see.

Jul 22, 2010 03:44 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I am reading every ipad AR article I can locate. What are your favorite apps?

Oct 10, 2010 01:37 AM