Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

Summary: iPad 2 rumours are rife among the tech community. But there are five possible new changes and features which just might tempt the younger Generation Y market.

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iPad 2 rumours are rife among the tech community at the moment. Apple is continuing with their tight lipped policy, though it was clear that the leaks prior to the original iPad release were accurate on the most part.

The only thing that wasn't clear was the name of the damned thing.

But as I've said before, tablets and touch devices are not for the student market. It's not to say that the Generation Y on the whole will be dissuaded away from these technologies. But the iPad has been around long enough now to be proved as a success by the wider market, benchmarking out as a viable option for younger consumers.

What gets me is the design of the device. Even with rumours of a new screen which could boost the resolution of the display, the chances are the device will look almost exactly the same in aesthetics if not design.

But so far, by sifting through the rumours and the speculation, there are at least five things to point out which might well be the kicker decision for the younger market to buy the next iPad.

1. GPS and 'Find my Friends' feature, which will use location-based technologies to find friends near your location. Privacy aside, the younger demographics do love to check in to places, and is standard in the vast majority of mobile devices anyway.

2. Quad-band technology to allow iPad users to be anywhere and everywhere without worrying whether their GSM mobile network will work on a foreign CDMA network or not.

3. Removable storage is a must. No matter how much you argue the case, SD cards are still vital for phones and tablets. And though USB flash drives may be dangerous and banned at work but are still widely used regardless at home and university.

4. A camera may not be that important but high-definition video is. If the camera can record in HD 720p quality then the screen must be able to play it back; combining the removable storage and you can get high definition videos on the move.

5. A Spring release just in time for exam season. Elton John may have inadvertently tipped off the press on the release date, seeing as Ricky Gervais had an iPad months before it was released in the stores. I have seen more people buying technology during this time than any other, with exams around the corner and a devout need to get out the house and study in often precarious places.

If the price remains the same, or at very least perceived as being directly proportionate to the new features, maybe then, just maybe, it will be worth an investment to younger consumers. Besides which, the removable battery alone should be an industry wide standard.

What would be your killer feature in the iPad 2?

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  • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

    I'd like the 2048 x 1536 resolution, the ability to read outside under sunlight and video conferencing.
    gtdworak
    • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

      @gtdworak

      Can you just do FaceTime for videoconferencing already?
      minardi
    • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

      I would like to see FLASH. It sucks only being able to use it to go to 10% of the internet websites
      rparker009
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @rparker009
        99% of the sites I use work fine on my iPad!!
        If you are a heavy FLASH user the iPad is not for you!
        onunez
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @rparker009 It's the other way around. Only 10% of sites use flash in a way that meaningfully hinders viewing.
        alwin3413
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @rparker009 The Steve has already declared his war on Adobe. In his words, "No Apple product will ever support Flash."
        Snowsong
    • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

      @gtdworak
      >the ability to read outside under sunlight

      Oh, you mean like the Notion Ink Adam? ;)

      No tablet will have my blessing unless there is developed a comprehensive note-taking application. I'm not talking about one where you type (there's tons of tablet office suites), nor one where you only write, but one that's specifically designed for using a stylus- like a pen and paper.

      MS's One Note is actually really good, but there's the problem of not being able to load a fully featured version onto any tablets but the windows 7 tablets, which lag too bad to be used.

      The reason OneNote is good is because you can create text, but then you can also select it and move it around, change colors, resize, etc. I haven't seen this in any other note taking app- not even Evernote for android.

      So in short...still waiting.
      DJThuht
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @DJThuht
        The other thing I think along the same lines as you have written is the text book companies need to get their books available for the iPad and some software that would permit highlighting of text on those books.
        brighteyes459
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @DJThuht:<br><br>The other amazing capability built into One Note (and Windows tablets in general) is absolutely superb handwriting recognition.<br><br>I have successfully used One Note on Windows tablets that ran XP, Vista and 7. Not sure what you mean by "lag" - my Win7 tablet behaves exactly like pen and paper - make sure you have at least 2 gigs of memory on your machine.

        Of course, using One Note on a non-Windows machine is a problem if that machine doesn't run MS Office (One Note is part of the Office suite). So you can run One Note on a Mac, but because Macs do not support stylus input, you can only use One Note on Mac for typed notes.
        jaykayess
      • @jaykayess: &quot;... because Macs do not support stylus input,...&quot;

        Are you really so sure about that? Are you so certain that a Mac can't use a stylus on something like a Wacon pad? Whatever makes you think that? Wacon tablets/pads have been usable on the Mac for as long as they've been on the market. I've used them myself--especially for Photoshop--on Macs.

        However, if what you're trying to say is that "OS X doesn't support styluses," then you may be slightly closer to the truth, since OS X itself was never designed for touch technology directly.
        Vulpinemac
      • This should really be called...

        The Five things the iPad 2 needs for Zack Whittaker's approval.

        Right, Zack? ;)
        search &amp; destroy
  • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

    1. Possible, but not really that important. the ABA crowd would spin it as Apple is trying o track your every move.

    2.Interesting to say the least, would reduce SKUs but what would the cost of this transceiver be, and how would it affect the price?

    3.I do not see this happening, as it defeats the multiple offerings. The typical iPad user doesn?t see the need for this, only the ABA crowd and a few tech bloggers.

    4. this is a probable thing, but look for two cameras one on the back and one for Face Time

    5. Another possibility, ut look for a release closer to the 1 year anniversary fo the original iPad.

    As for removable batteries: Well that has not proven to be the tremendous hurdle that the ABA crowd make it out to be. I believe it would affect the battery life, and would cost more in the long run. Apple charges the same to replace the batteries in a Macbook as they charged for the user replaceable batteries. So the only difference is the user has to bring it in, rather than buying another battery. ALso of note: the current batteries in MacBook Pros do last longer per charge than the replaceable ones. In real world usage the difference is about 2 hours per charge. This is anecdotal but I have seen it first hand. Comparing the run time between two Macbook Pros (a 2008 2.53 GHz vs a 2010 2.66 GHz). On the plus side the 2010 MacBook pro feels even stiffer (more solid) and with if the claim of 1,000 charge cycles is accurate then 4 years is not an unreasonable number.
    Rick_K
    • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

      @Rick_K This "Typical User" has flash drives and memory cards for various things - not the least of which is my camera - and I've completely wiped the iPad off my list of things I'd consider owning, essentially because it doesn't have this.

      I'm not sure where your omniscient sense of consumer perspective comes from, dear Lord, but I'd caution anyone from substituting the words "most users" when you really mean "I", or "Me and my two buddies who all share ideas".
      geolemon
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @geolemon I know what you probably mean, but the iPad does have access to SD cards through the camera accessory. I don;t know the limits of it and I know that you're probably looking for storage of apps and/or data, but I thought I'd just mention it since having a memory card for your camera was the example you chose.
        ShadoeKnight
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        @geolemon The market has spoken, and the claims of the iPad needing USB, SD card slots, etc and not high on the demand list. Remember this is a media consumption device, not an actual computer. Trying to make it like the fail windows based tablets, that have been around for the last decade is not a winning formula. The average consumer wants a simple device that just works. I personally do not see the need for one, (for myself), but others seem to be buying them. So it may just fit their needs. If it doesn?t fin your needs, then buy something else.
        So my use of ?most users? is quite accurate, as most of the people that are buying them are like my mother. She has a laptop, and the iPad is just a device to check emails and play games on. She doesn?t need to have a 4 to 8 pound laptop replacement.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

        "Remember this is a media consumption device, not an actual computer."

        Actually the more I use the thing, the more I find that it's becoming a laptop replacement. It's a lot slower and I don't really like typing on it but the battery life is spectacular and I love the fact that the network is always there (with the 3G model).

        I bought it to use as a living room browser and figured my wife would use it and free up my laptop for me. In reality I'm using it like a "real" computer for almost everything I used to use the laptop for, plus new things like reading books (though I prefer the Kindle) and watching movies that I never liked using the laptop for.

        jim frost
        jimf@frostbytes.com
        jimfrost
    • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

      @Rick_K
      So what you really mean is "most owners", not "most users"
      jaykayess
      • most users would be the right use

        @jaykayess as nobidy really owns the iPad. owning something means you can do whatever you want with it but the fact that steve jobs only lets you do what he thinks you should be doing that basicly makes it Apple's device your just "using" it.
        Ron Bergundy
  • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

    Click troll.
    thofts
  • RE: Five things the iPad 2 needs for Generation Y approval

    Every GEN Y Teen I know is asking me about the iPad, they could care less about specs... remember most people aren't techies!
    Hasam1991