- Camera - This is the biggest problem for me. This device should have a camera, a front facing camera 3 mega-pixel or so. It needs it for taking self pics, and for skype. I fully suspect we will see a camera on the next version of the iPad. To be honest I half expect it will be the surprise addition that happens before they are available in a few months.
- Background apps - I'm guessing that iPhone OS 4.0 will have some form of Background app support. My guess is that there will be a limit of 1-3 apps that can have a background presence. Something light-weight like a partial app that listens for events. This would be ideal on the iPad as well, but I do not expect this to happen before launch.
- 16x9 screen resolution - To be honest this doesn't bother me at all. I may watch things on the iPad, but its not a TV, I'm not gonna be watching many movies on the thing.
- It's just a Big iPod Touch - Yes and thats cool as hell. If it was just Email and Web access in this form factor it would be really good. But with all the apps, and a bigger easier to use on screen keyboard. Man I can't wait to use this. This device will almost complete replace my Laptop. I will still need it to do remote work, programming and such, but thats it. I have a desktop for all the heavy lifting. I don't need a full-Os in a portable form. The iPhone / iPod Touch has proven this already.
Iphone OS 3.2 - The iPad currently runs a new version of the IPhone / iPod Touch OS There are a few new features in this version of the OS that will make the Pad / Touch / and IPhone better than ever.
- Shared File Storage - All apps will now be able to share files with the host OS easily with no special applications required on the Desktop.
- File Based Events - All apps will now be able to be launched with a file if they no how to handle it. So you can click on an attachment in an email and a special app that knows how to handle that file type can be launched. This allows apps to send files to each other.
- Custom keyboards / input - All apps can now create custom keyboards / input fields. This means you can have hand writing recognition in your app. Or custom numeric input like they showed in the Numbers app.
All of this together will create a great mobile experience. I can't wait to be sitting on the couch browsing the web on this thing, or sitting at the computer using the Brushes app to draw, or sitting at the computer using a new app that turns the iPad into a input device for my desktop computer.
My only problem now is buying one when it comes out.