I have long resisted the urge to predict the future. I have also resisted predicting features in unannounced products. Some time about two years ago, I realized that the future is not always as uncertain as it is made out to be. We plan almost all of our activities two weeks out at least. For a majority of your work day, you can estimate with almost pinpoint accuracy what will happen when with a cursory look at your Outlook calendar. True, the mysteries of the future are many, but the occurrences of many events in the future is also pretty certain. At least, to a large extent.
Today I am going to break my second prediction barrier. I am going to predict a product that has not been announced – the iPad 3. I will estimate when it will be announced, when it can be pre-ordered, and when it will be available for general use. In this blog post I also predict some of the features it will have.
Based on past trends, I predict that Apple will announce the iPad on March 7, 2012. It will be available for pre-order on March 14. It will be available for purchase from stores on March 30 at 5 PM.
- It will be available in white and black.
- Storage will be 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB.
- Screen resolution will be 2048 x 1536 pixels (technically this is not a Retina display as it is less than 300 dpi, but people will call it that.)
- The cameras will be way better than the iPad 2 cameras. They will rival or be on par with those on the iPhone 4S. Camera flash. 1080p recording.
- Quad core processor – or a much faster dual core processor.
- Independent GPU for graphics.
- Integrated GPS.
- Same 9.7 inch screen.
- No additional ports. Just the existing one will do fine thank you, at least until the iPad is thicker than the iPod nano.
- Support for 4G LTE for users on the move.
- Better resistance to fingerprints.
- Longer battery life.
- NFC – Near Field Communications to easily allow iPads and other devices talk to each other. Like making payments for example, or sharing photos or files between friends.
- Siri – this is a no-brainer. I don’t know how I could live without it. With Siri integrated into the iPad, I will be able to dictate what I type.
- Improved multitasking with programs actually running actively in the back ground.
- Improved integration with iCloud, Facebook, and twitter.
- More widgets.
- APIs for iCloud.
What it will continue to not have
- Support for Adobe Flash.
- 3D display.
- API for Siri.
Can you think of anything I missed? Let me know.