HOME     MENU     SEARCH     NEWSLETTER    
NEWS & INFORMATION FOR TECHNOLOGY PURCHASERS. UPDATED 12 MINUTES AGO.
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / How Can Apple Improve the Next iPad?
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost Enterprise Cloud Computing
On Force.com
How Can Apple Improve the Next iPad?
How Can Apple Improve the Next iPad?
By Adam Dickter / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
DECEMBER
24
2012


Will it be thinner than a piece of cardboard and just as light? So blazing fast it downloads apps before you know you need them?

It's barely a month since the latest iPads hit store shelves, and the rumor mill is already running about the next iteration of Apple's top-selling gizmo, which created the tablet computer market in 2010.

Slimming the Size

The latest rumor isn't surprising: A Japanese blog, Macotakara, claims the next iPad will be smaller than its predecessor -- smaller by two millimeters to four millimeters (0.078 inch to 0.15 of an inch) and 17 millimeters thinner (0.669 of an inch). It's hard to imagine how Apple's engineers and manufacturing partner Foxconn can keep slimming the design that way. Will it one day be as thin as cardboard? Perhaps, since that's why they're paid the big bucks. The Japanese blog post, which was picked up and translated by 9to5Mac in the U.S., said the newest iPad could be in testing at the end of this month.

The report, citing unnamed sources, also says Apple is moving its production schedule up to compete with Google's Nexus and Microsoft's Surface tablet refreshes, with the new iPad fifth-generation model due as soon as March. That's after the iPad 3, iPad mini and iPad 4 this year.

But the iPad 4 was not a substantial improvement over the iPad 3 -- which added a Retina display, faster processor, better camera and LTE-speed data as an improvement over the iPad 2. The current iPad has only a slightly faster processor -- 1.3 gigahertz compared with 1 gigahertz -- and a 1.2-megapixel front camera compared to the puny 0.3 megapixel version on the predecessor. You're not likely to demand a refund and rush for an exchange for that upgrade if you had the iPad 3. (The new Lightning connector, though supposedly allowing faster data transfer, annoyed many people because they had to shell out for adapters.)

So what's left for the iPad 5? There's only so thin they can make the thing, though cameras, display and processors can always be subject to improvement.

Michael Gartenberg, a technology analyst at Gartner Research, sees no reason Apple should worry about its top-selling devices losing momentum because they are not original enough.

"With almost every iteration of every Apple product since the first iPod, there has always been the comment of "What can Apple do next?" Gartenberg mused to us.

Forward They Go

"Apple has in the past found ways to continue to drive their product line forward in ways that capture the hearts and minds of consumers. The iPod of 2001 looks nothing like the iPod Touch of 2012, and yet continues to be a best-selling device."

As for the competition, Gartenberg said, "At the moment, those folks have the pressure to compete with Apple, not the other way around."

Some financial analysts, however, have lowered projections for the iPad and iPhone for next year based on reported supply purchases. Those projections may be based on the fact that so many people already own a tablet or smartphone and therefore aren't likely to run out and upgrade in the near future.

But one prediction we can make with complete confidence is that rumors and speculation about the next iPad and next iPhone will continue to circulate, as they always do, until Apple makes their formal debut.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY INTEREST YOU
ISACA® offers a global community of more than 115,000 IS/IT constituents in over 180 countries. We develop and deliver industry-leading certifications, education, research and business frameworks. We equip individuals to be leaders in the fast-changing world of information systems and IT - Learn More>
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

NETWORK SECURITY SPOTLIGHT
Microsoft has some bitter rivals in the technology industry, but when it comes to thwarting government intrusion on customer privacy the software giant has plenty in common with its rivals.

ENTERPRISE HARDWARE SPOTLIGHT
Almost half of consumer, industry and life sciences manufacturers are expected to be using 3D printers within three years and now 3D printing services are aiming to help companies experiment.

© Copyright 2014 NewsFactor Network, Inc. All rights reserved. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.