Raleigh attorney Zack Bolen writes the following:
“Was doing some morning reading on iPad rumors and comments on the Motorola Xoom, especially with respect to features.
The article above speculates that the iPad 2 might have a 128 GB Solid State Drive, which (I think) is the same technology Apple uses on its Macbook Air. Not only is that a very respectable amount of hard drive storage, the SSD doesn’t have any “boot” time like a traditional laptop.
From a business perspective, I would rank the most desired iPad 2 features as follows:
1. A dual core processor with 1GB or so of RAM. It would completely change the capacity of the tablet to operate more involved business applications, and would allow a whole new realm of multi-tasking.
2. A high quality front facing camera. Huge potential for the tablet to change how and when we use video conferencing.
3. At least 64 GB of storage, with 128 GB available. I’d love to see Apple include an SD slot for expandable memory but I’m not holding my breath.
4. Some sort of USB port. I don’t think it will happen. Hope I’m wrong.
5. An higher resolution screen. iPad 2 will certainly have a better screen than iPad 1 but I don’t see the current screen as a hindrance to business use. The improved screen will help for personal use (internet, videos, etc.).
6. A rear facing camera. I don’t think the tablet will ever be used as a primary camera, so I don’t care much about what they do with the rear facing camera.
I continue to be amazed by Apple’s ability to keep most everyone in the dark about their upcoming products. Apple hasn’t even said there will be an iPad 2, much less what upgrades will be made from iPad 1. They will simply announce a press conference, the world will tune in, and Apple will announce the new features of iPad 2. It has to be fun to have such power.”
Zack– thanks for sharing your thoughts. Although it will probably never happen, I would like to see Adobe Flash capability added. However, there do appear to be considerable technical issues with putting Flash on a touch screen device– See http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2010/02/20/an-adobe-flash-developer-on-why-the-ipad-cant-use-flash/
However, if it turns out that Flash works well on XOOM and other tablets, the lack of Flash capability could become a serious competitive disadvantage for the iPad.