This morning i purchased page.app for the iPad, while testing it out i was casting around for subjects to write about and came back with the topic of this post. What is my Wishlist for version 2 of the iPad.
While i’m very happy with my iPad, its always nice to have a think about how you could improve something, so here goes with my list of 5 things i hope the next ipad has.More Ports
While the apple 30 pin connector is very flexible, having more ports built into the iPad would be very helpful. On my 13” MacBook Pro i have an SD card slot which makes transferring photos from my camera simple and quick. While the iPad has an optional extra for the sd card kit it bulky and seems like an afterthought.
Apart from an SD card slot, a USB port or two would also be very handy. Whether for attaching keyboards, printers or even for charging it would be helpful to have around.
The final port i would like on my ideal iPad 2.0 would be a HDMI port, i have a lovely media centre and lots of great content on the ipad, it would be really nice if it was seamless to share that to my TV without needing to use an Apple TV or other work around.2. Retina Display
I don’t have an iPhone 4 (long story) but the very adverse display resolution on the iPad is already very frustrating. Compared to even an my iphone 3G font rendering on the iPad is quite poor at large sizes with noticeable jagged edges. While this may just be a side effect of developing in html5 (i notice native apps have better, if not perfect rendering) this has been very frustrating.
Another area where a higher DPI display would come in useful would be in making out elements on the springboard. Names of application, and application icons in folders are current very difficult to read and make out. Compared to the iPhone 4 the display on the iPad looks like it could do with improvement.3. Fix the Orientation Lock
While not really a change only for a 2nd generation iPad, going back to having the slider as a rotation lock (rather than mute switch) would be a huge improvement, even if it was a preference, the requirement to unlock the screen (with pin code) before being able to unlock the rotation is a complete usability and user experience mess up.4. More Protection
While i love Apples industrial design i don’t get to see that much of it! Due the the use of glass and easy to mark casings i have found myself nesting my iPad in a case most of the time. While the case also comes with other benefits (eg, a stand etc) it spoils the look of the device. Simply making the device tougher (rubberised rear casing for example) would improve the usability of the naked device, while there at it, adding an inbuilt stand would also be rather nice!5. Better MSN Experience
Again this is more of a software issue (3rd party at that) than something for Apple to deal with directly, but its still a gripe of mine. The MSN (or any text based chat application) experience is pretty poor on the iPad. While applications like IM + are great they don’t allow me to use the keyboard to switch between chat windows or any easy way to manage my conversations. A simple way to switch between conversations would be very useful for a future (or even current) iPad. The poor MSN experience is the only reason i do not have an iPad as my sole home computing device.so basically…
In summery the changes i would make to the iPad are both to hardware and software. More Protection, adding a few more ports, and improving the display would keep me pleased hardware wise. Tweaking the rotation lock and chat applications would keep me pleased on the hardware side.
What does your iPad 2.0 wish list look like? Do you like the new mute switch? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.