The Next Generation iPad – Another View


Yesterday I mentioned a few items I’d like to see in the next generation of the iPad. Jason Perlow at ZDNet also spent some time recently on the topic of hardware improvements in his article “The next generation iPad and what Apple needs to deliver.” Jason and I agree on many items including a memory upgrade. In previous posts I’ve addressed the gyroscope, webcam and an improved display.  Jason offers an alternative setup for the webcam as well as a new screen technology known as the Transflective LCD display. We agree the new display technologies would, for now, add too much to the entry-level cost of the device. However, the Retina display and Transflective LCD technology do point the way to next generation iPad screens. He also included an item I put in my original draft of yesterday’s post but then removed – HDMI output. This article made me reconsider HDMI, though I admit I’d still like to have it, even if I had to use an adapter. As for Jason’s comment about the poor quality of the iPad speaker, we disagree. I find it fine considering the size of this device. I would suggest that the left and right channel audio need better separation. The current iPad does have stereo sound. You just can’t tell because the left and right speakers are so close together behind that small grille.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.