Back in Dec 2008 I laid out the specifications for an iPod Plus. It was where I thought Apple would go next. I got the device size completely wrong; 5 inch is nothing like 9.7 inch but at least I predicted correctly that they wouldn’t be silly enough to bring out a netbook.
Apart from the from the sizing error though, I got most of the rest of it spot-on including the entry-level pricing, the ebook capability, the data-only 3G, the storage and most of the software elements. I also predicted that Apple could divert 5-10% of netbook sales and sell 1 million devices per year. We’ll see about that next year!
Unfortunately, Apple left out a few of the things I was expecting.
Hardware (can not be fixed until next model is released)
- Web cam
- Digital video out
- FM transmitter and receiver
Personally I can live without all of those but I’m still surprised they weren’t included.
- Turn-by-turn navigation included.
- Live widgets on home page
- Video/Voice over IP s/w.
Multitasking is the big personal disappointment.
I think Apple could still push out a 5-7 inch version of the iPad (iPad Mini) and include the missing elements (just like the 2nd-gen iPhone did) and of course, most of those missing software elements can be enabled through software updates.
That’s enough of me though, how about you? What were you expecting and what are you wishing for on the iPad?