The iPad 2 packs a few noteworthy upgrades from the first generation, but after the specs were announced, I couldn’t help but feel that Apple was holding back on to release as iPad 3 upgrades.
Mediocre Front and Back Cameras
The all new front and back facing cameras were the most begged for upgrade from the original iPad, and although the new iPad features both front and back facing cameras, the new cameras are likely only a stepping stone for a more advanced iPad 3 camera. Looking at the all-new front and back facing cameras, they sorta resemble the subpar specs of the iPod Touch 4G and are a downgrade from the iPhone 4’s superior cameras. Apple is likely just whetting our appetite for far superior cameras on the iPad 3.
The iPhone 4 featured an all-new ultra-HD “Retina Display” that brought the most out of the iPhone 4’s tiny screen and it was rumored that the iPad 2 would implement a Retina Display of its own – that would have more than doubled its display – but when it came time to ship, it became evident that the iPad 2’s display was a spitting image of the first generation’s screen. Apple is likely holding back the Retina Display feature for the future and you can bet your tiny hat that Retina Display will be one of the key selling points of the iPad 3.
The iPad 2 failed in both physical and virtual memory – it has the same storage capacity sizes as its predecessor and it’s the only current gen tablet with less than 1GB of RAM. To be fair, Apple’s second generation tablet did undergo a huge overhaul in the processor and graphics department, but it’s 512MB of RAM, max 64GB of RAM, and lack of expandable memory leaves lots of room for iPad 3 improvements.
Seeing how much of an important role the internet plays in how mobile tablets will be used, I’m a bit underwhelmed with the fact that the iPad 2 goes about connecting to the internet in the exact same way as the original iPad. Consumers will still be forced to decide ahead of time if they want to enjoy 3G internet access or not, and the iPad 2 is the only current gen tablet that won’t support 4G internet. It’s likely that the iPad 3 will have access to 4G internet, but asking that all iPad 3s be 4G+WiFi may just be too much wishful thinking.
For more, read Why the IPad 2 Isn’t that Big of a Deal for IPad 1 Owners , 5 Features Future IPads Will Need Before They Can Replace Computers , and Why the iPad 2 is Behind the Tablet Curve and Not Ahead of It
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