What to expect from the iPad 5

What to expect from the iPad 5

Summary: With the new iPhone 5s and 5c handsets out, pundit attention has turned to another of Apple's flagship products, the iPad. What does Apple CEO Tim Cook have up his sleeve for us?

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  • Storage capacities

    Apple currently offers the iPad 4 and the iPad mini in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, with a high-capacity 128GB version of the iPad 4 also available. The bumps in storage from 16GB to 32GB and 32GB to 64GB costs Apple around $10, yet the company charges consumers $100 for the extra storage. This is a lucrative business model that squeezes more cash out of people who make the most use from their iPhones and iPads.

    Will Apple give users a break and lift the base model from 16GB to 32GB? Given that it didn't do this with the iPhone, I doubt that we'll see it done for the iPad. It's just too lucrative for Apple to keep things the way they are, with iPads ranging from 16GB to 128GB, with a cheaper model – possibly called the iPad 5c perhaps – starting at 8GB.

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  • Touch ID

    It makes perfect sense for Apple to integrate the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into iPhone 5s into the new iPad. Sure, this is more about convenience than security, but it not only differentiates the new iPad from the competition, but it also differentiates it from the rest of the tablet ecosystem.

    Having a quick and easy-to-use fingerprint reader differentiates the iPad from all other tablets on the market.

  • The line up

    With the new iPhone Apple reshuffled the variants on offer. Before, Apple would introduce a new iPhone and then make the older version cheaper, thus making iPhones available at a multi-tier pricing structure. But this time around it changed this and released two iPhones – a flagship iPhone 5s and cheaper, colorful iPhone 5c that was based on the iPhone 5.

    This could suggest that we end up with three different iPads:

    • A flagship iPad 5s

    • And iPad 5c which closely resembles the existing fourth-generation iPad

    • An updated iPad mini
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  • What to expect?

    Another limiting device, crippled by its sub-par OS?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • The only people who consider the iPad "limiting" are...

      the people who have been anti-Apple all along. There's more to a mobility device than mere features. The device has to be truly useful and preferably easy to use in every environment. As yet, no other tablet device can do this, though admittedly some are getting better.
      Vulpinemac
      • Not entirely accurate...

        There are many capabilities that the iDevices simply cannot do wcount what other devices can. Compared to some other devices, it is limited. You can go to gsmarena.com and compare it with other devices to see Java, DLNA, external storage to compliment internal for those Dead spots, native support for several media types, and more are not present on iDevices.

        Most likely, the iPad will still be ready rocking a dual core, which I hope not seeing iOS 7 is supposed to bea 64 bit OS. Don't know if they are finally going to break the 1GB of RAM barrier they created for themselves, but here's to hoping.

        Retina display is no longer relevant. There are devices that match or surpass it.

        iTunes is the bane of many users. Most prefer the drag and drop method.

        I don't entirely dislike iDevices. I think they have their place. But what was once the Cat's meow in tech, is now trying to catch up with the competitors. I can do much more on my Note 10.1 then I ever could on an iPad. Save for the display, of which I freely admit that Retina display is better, but it pretty much stops there.


        I can stream from my tab to my TV, my phone and my PS3. I can also stream from DLNA devices including my PC. Great if I want to watch a movie I downloaded from my PC to my tab while sitting on my deck. I can control vitrually any IR controlled device.

        Many of these features are not available on any iDevice to my knowledge. That said, limited is a fairly accurate term.

        So to say the iPad works in any environment is misleading.
        Cory Ducey
        • Cory

          Pretty well all these things are easy to do from any Apple device to your TV. Plus you can mirror your device to you TV wirelessly as well.
          CowLauncher
          • True...

            but still not DLNA compliant... My device does this natively...
            Cory Ducey
          • DLNA compliance

            You can watch media streamed from UPnP and DLNA servers, on any hardware, to an iPad with PlugPlayer and MediaLink (and others).

            Going the other way depends on your TV/Roku box/ Apple TV.

            If you're heavily invested in DLNA equipment and anticipate streaming from an iPad to your DLNA telephone or TV then the iPad probably isn't the device for you.
            StandardPerson
        • Yet the numbers keep climbing

          And enterprise continues to go with iOS rather than android. MS still has a chance to fix the surface, if they do I think enterprise will go that route one day. Android, not so much.
          new gawker
        • All the things you mentioned are niche demands

          as witnessed by the continued massive sales of iPads. Apple will never cater to your tiny niche, no matter how much you think you are the mainstream.
          baggins_z
      • really?

        Easy to use is your benchmark? A rock is easier to use than a gun but I wouldn't take a rock to a gunfight.
        fldbryan@...
        • No, but I'd use it to grind wheat over a gun any day

          And that's your problem. You think everything is a gunfight.
          baggins_z
      • Name what the iPad does that other tablets don't

        I think you are just moving the goalposts in an effort to self justify why you think the iPad is still the best device on the market, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

        name the things that the iPad does that make is so superior and that are lacking in other tablets.

        It is easy to point out things the iPad does that other tablets don't.

        Just for example, the iPad doesn't support 100% of web pages. There are plenty of things the iPad is incapable of rendering from various sites.

        It doesn't matter what the excuses are or if you have learned to live with it, that it a limitation. One that is most likely affecting the single most popular use of a tablet.
        Emacho
        • Name what the iPad does that the other tablets don't?

          How about music apps? The iPad has the best latency figures for music apps. As a musician, Android tablets have too much latency to be of any use to a musician. Maybe that's why most music apps are IOS.
          radagast54
        • what no other tablet does

          Easy: runs iOS apps.

          Name one other tablet that can do this. Can't.
          danbi
          • Amazing!

            I guess they are the only tablets with an Apple on the back too!

            Keep the excuses coming.
            Emacho
          • Hmmmm...

            Like Android apps on Android devices. I love sarcasm just as much as the next guy, but that...was pretty sad attempt...
            Cory Ducey
          • Wrong

            All Apple devices have a better quality, better integration between the apps and the hardware. That is why people love them and all polls give it the best customer satisfaction...
            prof123
        • It can do everything you've mentioned plus much more.

          I can visit Flash web sites with a couple of the browsers I have on my iPad. It's Safari and native Apple apps which can't do it. Unfortunately, Apple makes stupid decisions on what they natively support, sometimes.

          Regarding the iPad being "more limited" than other platforms, I disagree. My iPad plays music wirelessly through my home theater receiver. The receiver only does this with iOS devices via AirPlay. My car audio system has a dock connector for an iOS device and no other devices are supported. My Bose portable speaker system has a built-in dock for my iOS devices. I'd have to carry an extra cable to attach an Android device to it. I have a CF card reader, an SD card reader, and a USB port for my iPad. I only have to carry them when I actually need them, which is rarely. I can remotely access my Windows desktop. I can print directly to my HP printer. I have a slide scanner with an iOS dock on it that scans old slides directly into my devices. Look at the cool gadgets from Sharper Image, Brookstone, Hammacher Schlemmer, and similar stores. The VAST majority of them are iOS only. We're talking bathroom scales, blood pressure monitors, microscopes, quadricopters, app controlled robots, thermostats, smoke alarms, smart light bulbs, and a zillion other devices that work only with iOS devices. There are even still a (scant) few iPad apps which aren't available yet on any other platform. The majority of apps and devices appear on iOS first, then later appear on Android.

          There is a difference between being ignorant of what they can do and whether they have actual limitations.

          While I'm expounding on little-known abilities, I've heard 'droid folks say they hate that you can't install software keyboards in iOS which always makes me laugh, because I have had an extra software keyboard installed on all of my iPhones since before Android existed. It let's me type emoticons directly into anything I'm working on. You CAN install software keyboards. You just can't remove or replace the standard keyboard. The extra keyboards appear as a selectable alternative, much like the numeric and symbol keyboards.

          Personally, I couldn't care less what device any particular person uses. I know what works for me. I just don't like people saying that any particular platform is limited based on zero actual knowledge of the platform. Just like it's always been with technology, people who know what they're doing, and use the devices heavily get more out of a platform than the loudmouthed noobs shouting from the benches. Every platform is useful to people who take the time to learn everything it can do.

          You can do a lot with the iPad, but it's definitely not perfect. If you had said the iPad hardware specs are stagnating and everyone else has passed Apple in innovation, then I'd have to agree with you. Apple has been sitting on their butt letting everyone pass them in hardware features for a few years now. It's really annoying to still be using sub HD displays when other flagship devices have had full HD for a year at least. Retina was good 3 years ago. These days, it's medium quality at best. That new camera upgrade was on paper only. Having seen side by side comparisons of the newest camera with the previous generation, I can tell you the difference is minimal at best. The difference between 1 micron and 1.5 micron pixels made no noticeable improvement, despite their marketing department assurances. Going from f2.4 to f2.2 also had minimal effect on the output quality. Apple needs to update the hardware to match current top of the line technologies. You can do a lot with the devices, but the hardware specs have definitely gone very stale.
          BillDem
          • Agreed, there are a lot of ignorant comments out there...

            Mostly by trolls.

            "My car audio system has a dock connector for an iOS device and no other devices are supported."

            Funny, mine can take Android on both a dock (USB) AND bluetooth.
            I can even program routes in to the Navigation using my Android phone.

            "I can remotely access my Windows desktop. I can print directly to my HP printer."

            I can do that with my Android devices. Multiple brands of printers directly support Android.

            "quadricopters, app controlled robots, thermostats, smoke alarms, smart light bulbs, and a zillion other devices that work only with iOS devices"

            Keep wishing. It may have been true once, not so much anymore, especially the Quadricopters, and robots, and thermostats

            "You CAN install software keyboards. You just can't remove or replace the standard keyboard."

            True, but you can't set another keyboard as the default. So if you are replying to an email for example, you are stuck with the stock software keyboard, which frankly is a pretty lame keyboard. On Android, (which in my opinion also has a lame stock keyboard) you can set any keyboard you like as the default.

            I plan on getting the new Transformer which along with it's dock will directly support USB 3 external hard drives, and also I could plug in a USB mouse, if I liked, (yes, or a bluetooth one.) It also directly supports both Micro, and standard SDXC cards, and has a 2560x1600 screen.
            A. Noid
          • Bill, lots of words, but little said

            Bill, I said browser limitations and you heard flash. I said limitations are you heard "the iPad is the most limiting platform". I think your bias is making you a bit defensive and missing the points being presented.

            Ironically I was calling Vulpinemac into question for making the comments you claim to dislike and are trying to scold me for.

            Like I said, the iPad does have limitations, regardless of if the user has managed to learn to live with them or find some convoluted clumbsy work around to mitigate them. I feel the same way about all the mobile operating systems to be honest. iOS, Android, WinRT...
            Emacho
        • Ease of use.

          Q.E.D.
          baggins_z