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What Apple Left Out of the New iPad Announcement



Apple announced their new iPad 3 today with a lot of interesting new features including a Retina Display, 4G LTE, faster processor and slightly thicker body, but they left out some really great things.

(Read: New iPad Announced: Faster, Retina Display & 4G LTE)

Here are the features that users, including our staff, wish Apple would have announced at the new iPad event.

(Watch: Apple iPad Event Online)

Which of these features do you wish the new iPad had?


We will get voice dictation in the keyboard like you do with iOS 5 on the iPhone, but you don’t get full Siri. You can’t hit the home button to engage Siri and ask questions to search for things. I also hoped that you would be able to interface with apps and your Settings via Siri on the iPad, but that’s not available either.

New iPad is the iPad 3

Apple left out a few things from the New iPad

I know some app developers who want to harness Siri in their apps. I’d love to hit the home button to start Siri and say, “Find hotels in Charlotte” and have it open and search for hotels in a city I’m planning to visit. Apple left this out and I’m disappointed.

Thunderbolt Port

I hate the stupid dock connector! I know why they use it. It’s thin. The MacBook Air has a Thunderbolt port and it’s pretty thin. They can get it in there and make the change allowing super fast transfer of apps, video, music and pictures. We could also connect to Thunderbolt displays and, using the same dongles used with a Mac, directly to VGA or DVI enabled displays. Other ports people wanted include an SD card slot, USB and HDMI.

128GB Storage

Many wanted a higher capacity storage, especially now that the screen will require higher resolution art in apps and the camera has a higher MP rating. The iPhoto app will cause people to want to edit photos and 16GB, 32GB and even 64GB will fill up quickly.

iPad size

Facetime Over 4G

You can Facetime with people over Wi-Fi but you will have to jailbreak your device to Facetime over 3G/4G. Apple didn’t add it and for some of us it will remain a nearly useless tool.


Senseg Touch Capability

Early on the day of the announcement we heard that Apple would add a new technology from a company called Senseg, that lets you literally feel textures onscreen. It sounded dubious, but would have been cool if possible.

New Accessories

With the past iPad announcements we learned about new accessories. Today we got nothing! Now new cases or docks. Nothing!

We even shared 5 Awesome New iPad Accessories We Wanted.

Availability This Week

I’m impatient and I want my new iPad now! I wish they did a “one more thing” by saying I could preorder today for delivery Friday. Instead we have to wait till next week March 16th at 5 PM.

Thankfully you can still preorder the new iPad, if the Apple store stays up.

Apple HDTV

We heard that Apple might announce a new HDTV. Those rumors went cold just before the event, but it seems like a possible new business for Apple. They already make great, even if very expensive, displays.

The current 30″ Apple Thunderbolt Display would fit the smaller TV market and then add a larger one for the living room.

Put the set-top Apple TV software on it and you have a nice TV.

1 Comment

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  1. jaystrab

    03/07/2012 at 7:24 pm

    I have yet to see anyone with an iPhone 4S using Siri in public. I don’t think it will be missed on the iPad, even though just because it’s in the iPhone every single blog about Apple or PCs is going to complain that it’s not on the new iPad.
    Thunderbolt? Really? Who actually has a Thunderbolt display? And if so, why would you want to hook an iPad up to that instead of your HDTV? I’d rather have built-in HDMI. And you can already download whatever you want through WiFi just as fast as your computer can.

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