On Saturday at 8:01am BST, I sat at home refreshing the Apple app on my iPhone 5S. As has been the case in the past, Apple’s website is usually quite unreliable when it comes to preordering. The preorder process for the iPhone 6s had been delayed by a few minutes, but luckily I still managed to get my preorder completed whilst many others took to Twitter venting their frustrations that the Apple store website was still not live.
I have a 4th generation iPad and I have to be honest, I hardly use it. The iPhone has become my device of choice for web browsing, e-mailing and reading. My iPad is just too heavy and inconvenient to use. I’m tempted to try out an iPad Mini if this product line gets a refresh as expected in mid-October. However, I think it needs some big improvements before I’m tempted to spend over £600 on another new device.
- Touch ID
This one is almost certainly going to happen. It works so great on the iPhone it seems a perfectly logical addition to the next generation of Apple tablets.
- Improved Camera Sensor and Functions
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those iPad photographers, but I do use it to record video in my line of work. The problem is, the sensor on the camera sucks. No matter how well lit the room is, the resulting footage is always grainy. Give the iPad a similar sensor to the iPhone and it will be much more appealing. I’d also like to see the addition of the Time-lapse and Slo-mo functions in the native app too.
- Improved Graphics
The iPad Mini graphics are not good. There is noticeable colour desaturation on the mini when compared to the iPad Air. Also, it would be good to see improve graphics capabilities across both iPads for gaming. Some games I have struggle on my current iPad.
- Faster Wifi
This is another feature this is very likely to be seen on the new tablets. The iPhone 6 has seen support for the new 802.11ac standard, so it should arrive for the iPad too.
- Improved Design
There’s a possibility I could be in the minority here, but I think the design of the iPhone 6 is great. The display looks much nicer and the rounded edges give it a fresher look. I would happily see the new iPads take design cues from the design of the latest iPhone. Also, moving the power button to the side would be useful.
- Lighter Weight
There’s not much scope for making the iPads much lighter, but any difference in size and weight to make it easier to handle would be welcome. As I said earlier, my current iPad is just not comfortable to hold.
There’s been talk of Apple needing a killer feature for the new iPads. iPad sales have declined and simply adding Touch ID does not make it worth upgrading from previous models. It would also seem like Apple didn’t include Touch ID on the original iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display just so they could sell more iPads later on. Let’s hope Apple do something special to revitalise this product line.
I’ve found myself filming a lot on my iPhone and iPad and now the modern generations of iDevices film in 1080p HD a lot of space can get taken up very quickly. Sometimes it’s not always convenient to hook your iPad up to a laptop and download the footage using iPhoto.
A solution would be to get a wireless hard drive like the LaCie Fuel. This hard drive has only recently been released after being announced at CES 2014. I’ve been testing it out for about a week now.
Amazon today announced a new service that will soon be available called the ‘Cloud Player’. The idea is that users can upload their music tracks to their own space on the internet and access it from any computer or Android phone. This beats Apple and Google who are apparently developing similar systems themselves. The idea of a large amount of online storage space for general public use isn’t exactly a new idea (i.e. Dropbox), but the fact that the major players see this as the way forward means the demise of the CD and the hard drive.