comment_box_33-1Earlier this week we posted about the rumors (which by now have been all but totally confirmed) that Apple will be holding an event to reveal the new iPad lineup, and potentially other products, on October 22nd. Of course we're going to be all over whatever details emerge on, before, and after that day about the new hardware, but we're at a really interesting point right now in mobile iOS hardware- Especially with how much everything is settling into a very mature state over the years.

While friends and family might not understand exactly what it is I spend my days doing, they all know it's something to do with iPhone stuff, which has made me the guy that's defaulted to the role of "Person you ask about new Apple products." Naturally, when the 5s was released, I fielded all the same questions of "How is it?" and other subsequent varieties which all culminated in "Should I get one?" The problem is, that question doesn't really have a very clear cut answer anymore- Particularly people who are already happy with their iPhone 5.

At least in my eyes, we're sort of reaching a point where these mobile devices are so good, that the yearly iterations almost seem less noteworthy. Sure, the 5s has a better camera, a faster processor, and touch ID, which are great things to have... But the real upgrade was iOS 7, which everyone with a recent device got. It's sort of like my MacBook Pro. It's from early 2011, and if it weren't for typical wear and tear from daily use taking its toll, I wouldn't have much reason to upgrade as it does everything I need it to do just fine.

I'll end up getting an iPad 5 just to have the newest device for TouchArcade-related stuff, but my iPad 4 has aged beautifully. It still obliterates every game I throw at it, the battery lasts all day, the Retina Display looks great, and overall it's just a very solid device. If you follow the rumor mill, we're basically expecting a faster processor, maybe touch ID, and a tweaked form factor. Are any of those things something that'd fire the typical person into a day-one-purchase frenzy? I don't know.

The iPad mini is a different story, I love mine, but particularly with iOS 7 on it the internals, which were practically outdated on day one, are really starting to show their age. The rumor scene is expecting a Retina Display, which would be a very welcome update and something that'd have me there on day one to buy. I vastly prefer the form factor of my iPad mini, and I try not to read too much on my proper iPad as it makes switching back to the non-Retina screen that much more "ugh"-inducing.

What's tricky about the new iOS device value proposition too is that your old device has such insane resale value, that it's almost silly to not just sell it and buy the new one. Friends of mine very reliably upgrade both their iPhone and iPad year after year by buying the new one and selling the old one on Craigslist. Typically they've got cash in hand inside of a day or two, with a resale value high enough that the upgrade might've only set them back a couple hundred bucks, if that. Sure, it's a bit of a hassle, but when you look at a minor spec bump or form factor revision as a $150 Craigslist swapparoo it seems way easier to stomach than "Hey, neat, new slightly better iPads for $500," right?

So, throwing it back to you guys, what does Apple need to announce on the 22nd to get you fired up to buy on day one? Is what they announce somewhat irrelevant because you just upgrade and resell regardless? Or do you hold on to your hardware until it breaks and are more than happy still rocking out the O.G. or 2nd generation iPad?

  • GaZ-OiD

    Must be 64bit A7/ A7x chip hopefully at the very least with double ram or not interested to delve further

    • dariusjr98

      You want an Avenged Sevenfold chip? How strange.

  • DannyTheElite

    What do they need to reveal? An iPad. That's it . I'm buying one because my iPod 4 is outdated.

    • alex98909

      Ikr, but im getting ipod5g

      • vulcanologist5370

        It's disappointing that Apple has decided to make the iPod Touch the second-class citizen of the iOS world by not only "keeping it behind" the iPhones in specs (understandable) but only upgrading it every two years. I really like that form factor, but I do not want a iPhone nor the high voice/data bills that would go with it.

      • 21tigermike

        So... you're getting an iPhone...
        Of course they keep it a 'second class citizen'.. look at the price. the iPod touch is a price point, not a product.

      • vulcanologist5370

        Yes, you're right. I'll eventually have to get an iPhone if I like the form factor and want it to have some up-to-date innards. Just wish the iPod didn't have to be the "training wheels for the iPhone" that Steve determined it to be.

        And I want a pony.

      • JustMeNow

        I don't mind the every-two-year upgrade cycle on the iPod touch, but I wish Apple would let it have the same, processor, camera, etc. when they did upgrade it.

      • rewyan

        There was a day when the iPod touch was the stepping stone that led to the iPhones popularity. But then the iPhone took off, and the iPod touch (and all iPods) were the less popular guys. And now it seems as if it's almost a

      • rewyan

        And now it seems as if it's kinda like a test dummy for the iPhone. We can clearly see that with the iPhone 5C.

  • Mr. Gamer

    I'm still running a 2nd gen iPad so I wouldn't really care. I'd get it anyways.

    • Linuxuser1

      I still have an iPad 2, too, but I see no reason for upgrading so far. It still runs quite good on iOS 7 (after a fresh installation).
      Sooner or later I will buy a new iPad but for now the iPad 2 is still good.

      • AndreyATGB

        You really should, Retina alone is worth it, not to mention the huge increase in speed.

  • Bliquid

    Lower price.
    That goes for ALL Apple products in Italy, actually.
    So no new iPads for me, since it ain't gonna happen.

    • http://mikelightman.com/blog mikelite

      lower prices aren't going to happen. like always, they're gonna up the specs at the same prices.

  • worldcitizen1919

    I'm happy with my ipad 3 & 4. I don't think there's much they could do to entice me to upgrade because hardware now is way ahead of software. Until software and games advance a little more the extra hardware is wasted. There may be a couple of games that would use new hardware but it takes time for devs to catch up to hardware.

    I'd be looking to upgrade maybe ipad 6.

    • zergslayer69

      The ipad 4 is indeed at a very comfortable spot hardware wise. Until developers move on from trying to support every device down to the iPod 4th gen, it'll be a while until we see infinity blade type graphics in a majority of our games or better. (Sorry iPod 4 people, even you can agree that the device is fairly ancient in technology terms)

  • http://www.youtube.com/MetalJesusRocks Metal Jesus Rocks

    We're going to buy the new full sized iPad no matter what they announce. We're simply waiting for them to sell it because we need a new one & we get a $300 credit from our work towards the purchase price. Our work is trying to get everybody off laptops and onto the iPad. Easier for Support and easier for workers.

    • mclifford82

      What work is being done there that is easier on an iPad than on a laptop or desktop? Of course support is easier, you can't really do anything to mess up iPads.

      • http://www.youtube.com/MetalJesusRocks Metal Jesus Rocks

        A lot of travel, meeting with clients for presentations, etc.. Having the ability to check your email, write up business contracts and more... Laptops work...but it's easier with tablets.

    • alex98909

      Ipad is bad for gaming compared to laptops

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        What does that have to do with anything? That isn't at all what as said...unless he works in a gaming studio for Windows computers I suppose.

      • Jake7905

        I completely disagree, and you're completely off topic.

      • JustMeNow

        iPad is marvelous for gaming, and you're off topic.

  • Jonas

    They need to optimize the operating system for the iPad. While it's still the best tablet on the market, there needs to be more features that distinguish it from the iPhone that aren't just differently formatted apps. Windows did something like this (but had a lot of other issues); I'd like to see Apple totally reformat their OS (perhaps to be more like a touchscreenable Mac?) to take advantage of the larger screen.

    • mclifford82

      They just did reformat their entire OS, or perhaps you missed it? They're not going to do it again anytime soon.

      • Jonas

        You mean iOS 7? Yea I meant there needs to be more distinguishing qualities from the iPhone to iPad. To use the Windows analogy their phone has their phone-optimized OS while their pad/surface has an OS very much resembling the desktop version.

      • damonwuzhere

        Having it be similar is what makes iOS so powerful. If you have a phone you know the tablet. They have done some things like multi touch gestures but it's not super needed. Apps are where the power is at!

      • Jonas

        To me it seems like if I have the phone I don't need the tablet. Although I agree that the apps are where it's at especially when distinguishing between the two devices.

      • JustMeNow

        Well, I LOVE iOS, but I LOVE OS X too. If they had a USB port on the side of the iPad, Apple could allow dual booting iOS and OS X. In my eyes, no need for a completely new OS, just take what they already had.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        But thats the opposite of what they're trying to accomplish. The more consistency and continuity across products, the better. Why fragment the mobile platforms like Android? I guess you want your money spent on an iPad to be even more distinguished from iPhone other than a huge and beautiful form factor? Not sure I understand.

      • Jonas

        Yea I know which is why I probably should have added this is my personal preference and realize why the iPad is so successful. I would personally like an iPad not to be a giant iPhone but rather a touchscreen desktop-ish type device (like an Apple Surface though it doesn't need the entire OS) but that's just me :)

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        I suppose I understand what you are saying. I personally believe that tablets WILL replace laptops once the tech is there along with the software. Now that we're seeing more and more laptops with touchscreens, its becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference at a quick glance. A laptop still is much more versatile with the things you can do in the common workplace, but someday that may all change. And before anyone wants to point out the keyboard and mouse difference, remember that tablets now have the capability of having bluetooth keyboards and mouse.

      • Jonas

        Yep that's what I was thinking. I am currently enjoying the iPad quite a bit though.

    • valkuryn

      Yes let's follow Microsoft's idea make the surface. Sell it loose 900 million dollars and then make a second gen because the first gen one did so great..... The point of the iPad /iPhone/iPod is that it all works together why the hell would. Want a new ipad that has a different os and will not sinc my phone apps?

      Btw apple has a product like that out there.... MacBook Air 11.6 inch.

      • Jonas

        Yea that's just my personal preference. And there are many many other things wrong with the surface.

    • Goggles789

      I think it's a novel idea. It doesn't have to be something drastic, but I used to think the same thing, "Well, I have the phone, why do I need the ipad?" In the end, the bigger screen won me over to get an ipad mini, but it would still be cool if the ipads had just a couple of "ipad exclusive" type features.

    • Sleepow

      I do not think they need to make it look like the desktop, but there are improvements they could do for the iPad OS:
      When tapping a folder, with all the screen real estate, seeing only 9 apps is dumb: I much prefer the folder on iOS 6 for iPad.
      Similarly, for multitasking, seeing only 3 apps at once is a big loss compared to iOS 6.s

      So I would not ask more desktop features, but I would definitely prefer they make better use of the real estate of the iPad

    • SEVEN341

      I wholly agree with you! I would gladly pay a premium above my 128GB iPad for an iPad that runs both apps and desktop programs like the Microsoft surface. I think it would be fantastic if it had both types of iOS on the same device much like how the surface can run just like the desktop we're used to and like a windows 8 phone. I know apple could do a much better job with a device similar to the surface. I don't know if anyone else does video editing and other desktop essential activities but I do and it'd be fantastic to be able to carry around one device that I can be both productive on and waste time on between meetings.

      • JustMeNow

        Video editing? iMovie, CuteCut, etc. (just so for now you can edit video on your iPad) but I do agree that Apple could make an iSurface type of thing but not an iPad... A MacBook touch would be what I would want. So much more power.

      • H4nd0fg0d

        Macbook Touch ftmfw!!!

  • iammane

    Onlive or something similar to complement our new controller support. Otherwise I just don't care I guess :( third gen iPad still trucking along pretty well

    • iammane

      Although in sudden retrospect this wouldn't require a new device. So nothing I guess lol :(

  • curtisrshideler

    Yeah, lower price for me. Don't think we can budget a new iPad to replace the iPad 2 unless they make it cheaper and give me some money for my iPad 2. But if that doesn't happen, I still have an iPad 2. And that's awesome! Count my blessings every day.

    • Goggles789

      Does Apple have a trade in thing? If they don't, it would be incredible to be able to trade in last gen hardware with credit towards a newer model. That would get me buying probably more often.

  • PresidentZer0

    Will buy it anyways but 2gb ram and starting at 32gb storage would be nice.

  • PsYcHoNoVa

    I'm buying it no matter what. I sold my iPad 3 in April, and I've been impatiently waiting for the iPad 5 since then.

  • CzechCongo

    "The iPad mini is a different story, I love mine, but particularly with iOS 7 on it the internals, which were practically outdated on day one, are really starting to show their age."

    So did I do the right thing sticking with 6.1.3 on my mini? I've been wondering...

    • mclifford82

      I've had no issues on my LTE Mini since upgrading to iOS 7. I think some people have weird definitions of "show their age" -- like those that upgrade devices every iteration.

  • mclifford82

    Retina mini with LTE

  • ivansodi

    Im still on ipad 2 and its prety good, i want to upgrade but only if theres more ram

  • squabs

    Yeah, still got the original ipad, I use it every day still, will keep it till it dies and then some. I got a mini 6months ago, it's more portable, but I haven't developed an emotional attachment to it, it's just too competent, it does most things well, I like the ipad 1 in an underdog sort of way. I'm quite happy not being on the bleeding edge

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    It's not in the cards, but I'd really like real wacom-style stylus support myself. That and a 13" iPad to be honest. Not likely any time soon. :P

    Still going to be very tempted by this as we crushed the screen on our iPad 2 in the side of a sliding car seat and the repair has fallen apart to the point that there's dust under the screen. I barely use it anymore and I miss it. Kids don't mind much, though. :)

    • zergslayer69

      I don't mind a 13" ipad. I've been advocating a 6" iPhone so I can just carry one device. I have a 3500 dollar laptop (it's got a quadro and stuff before you start saying I have an overpriced Alienware) but I enjoy browsing the web and stuff on ipad way more. Wacom support will probably never happen, but damn I'd be all over that. Honestly, swype input would be amazing but that's maybe in ios 8 or something.

    • valkuryn

      They just released a Bluetooth Wacom stylus for IPad best buy has them for $99.99.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Yeah, it's a nice try, I guess. I'd like to try one as the "palm rejection" apparently works well. But it's just not precise with that fat nub.

    • Out5poken

      My gawd... imagine playing games on a 13" iPad, no thanks!

  • IAmTheNightRider

    Anyone who works with audio apps on the iPad such as synths and sequencers (often multiple at once) can definitely use every bit of extra ram and processor power that Apple can provide. I'll most likely be upgrading my iPad 3 to a 5.

    • Hans P. Köter

      100% agree. But I'll stick with my iPad 2 until they give us a mobile version of Logic ;-)

  • PCKid

    Weight will be the decider for me. My wife took my iPad 2 when I got the 3 and I play games for long periods. I find the 3 gets too hot and too heavy compared to my 2. When she hands me the 2 to look at something I can really feel the difference.

    • Goggles789

      You said hot and heavy :D

  • LousyHero

    Retina mini will pretty much do it. As long as it stays at the same price or cheaper.

  • jeffyg3

    I'm fine with my iPad mini. Only thing that would get me to buy a new iPad is if they announce a pen can be used on it like the one on Microsoft Surface. I'm in school for chemical engineering and seeing someone else use a surface with a pen to make fine pin point notes on it with all the PowerPoint notes makes me want one of those things instead of printing the notes out so I could write on them. Those soft pen things for tablets just doesn't cut it, especially writing down formulas and crap...I've tried, it's horrible.

    So if apple announces a pen for their new iPad, I'm totally buying one. If not, I might just move over to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. It seems to be a much better tablet for people in college, especially with the pen, windows proggys, and seeing 2 apps at the same time.

  • jarland

    Doesn't much matter. Still running the iPad 3. It would have to be a horrible upgrade for me to not take it. I mean it would have to be a downgrade from the iPad 4. I've had horrible performance with multiple download threads on the iPad, regardless of router. The device is laggy on iOS 7. It's time to upgrade, plain and simple. It didn't cost that much money, it's been more than long enough to make me feel like I got what I paid for.

  • Phantom Bruiser

    I'd like the new iPad to give me BJ's and cook me steaks, so my wife has time to do the laundry once in awhile.

    • Bliquid

      You might be lucky, Siri got out of beta.

  • darkcrayon

    A7X, thinner, lighter than the iPad 2. Winner.

  • zergslayer69

    The expected a7x needs to top the 3d mark benchmarks. I know it's just synthetic scores but its sad if your newest device doesn't beat already existing android flagship processors. 2 gigs of ram so we don't need to keep rebooting. As close to or under 1 pound. The rest is fair game. Finger print reader is just a nice bonus.

  • renatpl

    ipad mini 2 with retina display and iphone 5s guts for endless fun. I currently have a 4th gen and I want to try the mini for a while.

  • heresandypandy

    Better battery life. Faster charging. For what I use it for I don't really care much about anything else.

  • putermcgee

    I think retina is the most important thing that would make me jump on one. Too many times have I been a simple "I'll take it" away from getting the current model, but the screen is what held me back.

    Of course, now we're quite a ways from something that's basically an iPad 2 in a smaller body, so just a slight performance boost probably won't cut it. I think if it was on par with the iPhone 5, and had a retina display, I'd bite.

  • Tizz986

    Retina mini is a day one purchase for me. The original mini has been amazing, even with the old ipad 2 guts.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    The only thing that needs to happen is just the existence of the new iPad. This allows us poorer folks buy the older iPads off you guys at a much discounted price! Just be sure to take good care of the new iPad 5 so when the cycle comes around again, it isn't banged up.

    The only way I actually buy a new one is if a much upgraded iPad mini comes out with retina and an A7 processor, for the same price as the current mini. ($325 I believe)

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      That iPad mini is in the rumors I think. At that price? Can't imagine, but I'd like to see it.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        One can dream right?

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        If I knew this would happen, I'd be selling my wife's iPad mini right now.

  • countermind

    Retina mini. A7. 1GB or more of RAM. Boom. Take my money. Oh and Apple TV with 4k capability.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Yeah, what about an Apple TV surprise? As in a beefed up game playin one? A regular Apple TV I do not care about.

  • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

    Holographic Projection.

  • Zenfar

    iPad Nano

  • Flynn Taggart

    It needs to give blowjobs.

  • Gamer1st

    A USB slot or some method of expanding memory.

  • zattelin

    An ipad that is only a screen with a slot for an iphone to slide in to,

    • iammane

      Lol what?!

  • vimy

    Price is the biggest issue, Apple no longer has the tech lead and every iteration is bringing Android closer and closer.
    I think apple needs to drop the price. They can sell it at 1/4 the present point and still make a huge profit.

  • PresidentZer0

    549$ for 32gb would be nice

  • Jake7905

    Meet the new IPad, same as the old IPad. Which isn't such a bad thing, but it doesn't merit an upgrade for those with an IPad 4.

    Now if they jazz up the Mini with better internals and a Retina display, I'm in on day one. (Or at the very least, the first day I can afford it.)

  • Retero

    All they have to announce is the iPad 5. I'd even take it with just a new form factor and the same processor (but that won't happen). I have an iPad 3 that is out of space so I'm going to upgrade for more storage especially. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

  • Maniacfive

    For me, it needs either retina on an iPad mini, or a new feature that when you buy a new iPad it also pays for a wedding and a honeymoon.

    If it does that. I'm there day one :D

  • http://gamefocus.ca/ Michael Dulson

    My iPad Mini is the first iPad I've owned and I love it. I won't get another iPad until maybe the third or fourth iPad Mini down the line. What I am looking for is Mac laptops.

  • PresidentZer0

    I also wouldn't mind a update for GarageBand and iBooks for iOS 7

  • bones boy

    Larger iPad with larger display and MORE RAM! Touch ID would be nice. Do not discontinue the 128GB model.

  • Eidaven

    For me anything. I'm still using an iPad 1.... It's slooooow...

  • martigan

    I'm currently rocking my iPad 3. With apple products I typically skip a generation. I bought an iPhone 5 but skipped the 3GS. I am currently skipping the 5s waiting for the 6. I wasn't skipping iPads however. I had a 1, 2, and 3. But I never grabbed a 4. The difference between the 3 and the 4 is substantial, but not as much as a 1 to a 2, or a 2 to a retina display. I will be getting the 5 however, with bells on. I'm a game developer who's been working in and out of mobile market for years while resorting back to consoles (and Nintendo DS/gba) as my main means of income. I believe the future is in the mobile market. After 10+ years in the games industry I find myself with a family and kids. My ability to play console games has diminished considerably as my children own that TV as though they bought it. I find myself finding fewer hours to play and more chunks of 10-20 minutes to play. This is great, tablets ftw. There is an entire generation, I refer to them as the NES generation, that are ow spewing children at an alarming rate, who still want to game. Gaming is possible, but now different. We no longer have the time to sink 117 hours into final fantasy tactics, because... Well, life. Tablets offer solid gameplay and a just fix, without a commitment and a location specific gameplay experience that, frankly adults have a hard time finding. <3 mobile

    • martigan

      That are now* f'ing typos

    • iammane

      Aaaaaamen!!!!

  • gmattergames

    If the new iPad could wirelessly interface to my cerebral cortex, so I could surf the net and play games with while pretending to pay attention at work or talking to my wife, I'd get it, maybe.

  • LimboRomp

    What they need to reveal to get people interested? Hands free added support for muilti purpose off course( intended for lazy bastards ). Why hold the iPad? comes with self producing lubricant app, so asshole who are never satisfied can shove it up their ass.

  • Zdgames

    They need to demo oblivion and skyrim on it

  • Pheebers

    I just want Civilization to work again....I am messed up enough to be considering the new iPad so I can play again.

  • Ramychan

    I upgrade and resell my iPhone and iPad with every product update. It's a great system: I always have the newest device, I always have a product that is in-warranty, and I maximize the resale value of my last device.

  • Nycteris

    I have no iPad yet; only waiting for a retina mini. I told myself I would buy one as a present if I lost 20 lbs.

    eh, I'm buying one anyway. I didn't manage fool myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004773092030 Dai Lion

    A new super battery.

  • Tomate Diseño

    It's not something that would make me buy one but I can't understand why we don't yet have a mobile device with stereoscopic cameras. Seems like a nobrainer to me - record 3D video on your iPad to be played back on the living room TV. Especially as 3D movies can't make a 3D TV worthwhile on their own.

  • 21tigermike

    This is a pretty brilliant strategy: ask the readers in advance what will make them happy, so you can call them on their bullshit 2 weeks later when they're griping.

    Let's get this out of the way: The newest iPad from Apple is going to be a little expensive, but it's worth the cash. If you can't afford it, then don't worry about it. Everything Apple does (and gives away) is supported by fat profit margins on hardware. That's they're whole business model.

    Do we care about specs? Not really. Can Apple do more to attract big game developers? Doubtful, they already have the most important gaming platform in history. The only pressure is on game makers to make something great, whilst living in the VERY tight price range that exists for Mobile Games. It's not an enviable position to be in. And you know who's figured it out? Rovio. Because they make most of their money on merchandise and licensing (like the movie business), not on 'apps'. Brilliant.

  • boxedninja

    Widescreen support. 16:9, widescreen iPad.

  • Goggles789

    Eli, this was a really fun article. More like this, please. I guess where I stand, I'm pretty content with where I am. Ipad mini and an iPhone 5 are just both so damned good. I feel that upgrading every 3-4 years is more reasonable, as you get more money out of your device. Unless something drastic happened to one of my existing devices, I can't see myself getting something new!

  • Goggles789

    You know what I would buy day one, though, is a watch that's an MP3 player with bluetooth. That would be badass, assuming it's small enough. Plus, iWatch just sounds like a hilarious product name.

  • mindseyes

    SPACE, thinner matey more memory and more Space 500GB will work!!!!!!!

  • newjorg

    I'm still, uh, rocking my iPad (yup, the very first one), bought the day it came out. Probably time to upgrade...

  • SEVEN341

    Fingerprint ID is a must. I hate having to open my iPad and type in my password in public much less finding out I made a purchase on another device and it needs my iTunes password. For me other than that feature I'd take a wait and see approach. Unless they bring up the on board memory to 512GB like the Microsoft surface. I know I'm the minority but I always buy the max capacity and use every bit of it. So much so that my iPad crashes from lack of virtual memory and end up having to reload all my emails and safari tabs. So I would willingly drop the cash for a new product that comes with more HD space. I actually wish they did it every year. Plus with the size of games and HD movies and tv shows it's becoming more and more challenging to download new tv episodes and movies to watch later. The main things I care about are battery life and memory then any of the bells and whistles apple decides to throw in.

  • monetarydread

    The features that I want to see in a new iPad are:
    - a Digitizer like a Wacom tablet
    - a usb 3.0 plug
    - an SD card slot
    - the ability to customize my OS

    You know what? Basically I want them to make a Surface Pro, only with access to the Apple App Store.

    • Nycteris

      Digitizer! Yes!

  • tomj315

    I have an iPad 3, and I didn't really got over excited when I first saw the iPad 4 because it has the same design, and about the hardware, I really don't see any need to upgrade it because it works perfectly in any heavy graphics game as the day I bought it. I would love to see a new design, and when my iPad will get a bit slow, I may be buying the iPad 6.

    I own an iPod touch 6 too, and I think it's beautiful. But it get stuck on many games, like asphalt 8, smash bandits, badland and more.

    so I would love to see an upgrade for the hardware, and if they be really releasing an iPod touch 6 this event, you will be able to find me on apple store saving my place a week before the release. We all hope for the best

    • thecool111

      There isn't a iPod touch 6 yet, probably next year.

      • J. A. Whye

        The iPod touch is going away. It's being replaced by a 4.8" iPad nano (which is where those large-screen iPhone rumors are coming from (but it's also a "testbed" for an upcoming iPhone)). We'll end up this time next year with four iPads: 4.8", 7.9", 9.7", and 12.9" versions. (Shades of Performa? Probably not because specs will be similar between them. Just different form factors.)

  • petcar

    Retina mini - day one.

  • pointaken47

    Definitely won't be buying on day one (no time), but I wish they have Retina displays, a similar to iPad processor (A6X is enough actually) and probably GOLD??? That's about it.

  • setarrif

    Personally I would love an iPad with a 16/9 screen, slightly bigger (like keeping the height, but having it wider)... I mean we are so much used to that format anyway (TV, computers) and they made it already on latest iPhones, so come on ( :

    Otherwise it would be nice if they could polish iOS7 a little further (for any iDevice) and improve some stuff that annoys me (besides the bugs), like:

    - Having an option to wipe away all the apps from the trail in one go (With iOS7 you can already wipe 3 apps at a time, that's a good start! Also, but this is more about polishing: when you killed all the apps, the "desktop" stands as the last one, which makes no sense, it could just automatically snap back to full screen. That would feel much more Apple, right Steve?)

    - To unlock the screen in landscape mode on a big iPad you need to swipe way too much in iOS7! It's nearly impossible to unlock the screen with one thumb when you hold the iPad in your hands (or I need a longer thumb!)

    - Allowing to change the grid size of the icons on the desktop would be great. There's so much wasted space between the icons on an iPad (compared to the iPhone). Maybe people like it that way, for aesthetical reasons or whatever, but having an option wouldn't harm!

    ...

  • Zeldaniac

    For me personally to buy a new iPad, it needs to be in the $0 range.

  • HisDivineOrder

    How about an iPod Touch that's up to date? Faster iPad Mini is needed. Twice whatever CPU/GPU combo is in the iPhone 5S would also be great for the iPad (5th gen).

    And I hope they don't do a bait 'n switch like they did with the 3rd gen iPad getting tossed out on the obsolete pile six months sooner than it should have.

  • Inaba-kun

    I just hope they don't cheap out, and keep the mini a generation or two behind the 10" iPad. Give it the latest chip Apple.

  • DemoEvolved

    What needs to happen for me would be a new form factor ipadmicro which is about the size of a samsung galaxy and replaces your phone. Iwatch would be a must own as well

  • ikari_paul

    i already have a ipad3... why would a need a new one? to gain a few extra fps... on angry birds or carcassonne?

    you guys have a money printing machine at home, or something like that?!

  • LuckySunday

    The game-changer for me is the 64bit chip. Upcoming apps are going to be much more functional. Deeper in content. And just an all around better experience.

    Steve Jobs knew much more about a "post-PC era" then we as consumers. Did at that time. I'm very excited to see what 2014 brings now that Apple has brought a 64bit chip to the market.

  • tony

    already have my 3rd gen ipad on ebay to help me buy the ipad 5th gen, or if the mini has the a7 chip and has retina display, I'll get that instead.

  • godofodd

    The mini absolutely must match the full-size iPad in specs, or at least as close as possible. I don't even care about a retina display. It's all about the processing power.

  • NeonGreenKermit

    I'm still waiting for something that pushes my iPad 4.

  • swatbot

    Well, I don't just play games. I also run music apps like Auria DAW simultaneously with others via AudioBus so I could never have enough CPU or RAM on an iPad. I do have to admit the new GPU is a selling point as well. It's kind of the tipping point where for me, after this, I will start to care less about portable graphical upgrades.
    Right now though, I'm honestly so delighted with the ability to manage my files on my iPad, download things off the net and save them to the folders I want to save them to, run my legacy DOS applications on my iPad in DosBox (yes, I'm running a jailbroken iPad 4) that really I won't be moving or touching anything until at the very least the untethered iOS7 'break comes out. At the moment my iPad 4 is a 1lb laptop that I can take wherever I want.

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    Mini retina, a7 proc, finger reader.

  • anabolicMike

    Ill get it if it runs android apps congruent to ios apps otherwise. Nope

    • darkcrayon

      This is a tablet, remember...

  • abazigal

    For me, it would be apps that actually tax the new hardware (not just games, but productivity-related apps). As it is, while IOS7 is beginning to make my ipad3 feel laggy, it still suffices for whatever I need it to do (such as airplay mirroring in the classroom, recording screencasts, forum browsing, light gaming like shadow era or warhammer quest).

    That said, I notice that while under the influence of airplay mirroring, the system seems a tad more sluggish overall. For example, pdfs in notability take noticeably longer to render.

    Also, if Apple does announce a retina mini as well, I would be on the fence as to whether the smaller form factor outweighs my desire for a larger screen.

    Ah....decisions...decisions...

  • detourne

    I'm still rocking the og iPad, I'll keep it around for comics, but I plan on getting something with an A7 chip now.
    I'm keeping my iPhone 4S for the time being because of unlimited data with my plan. No unlimited 4g in Korea yet.

  • bigrand1

    For me, it would have to be an absolute ground-breaking update to make me get rid of my 4th gen. iPad with 128 GB. and I just don't see that happening any time soon. Ho-hum......

  • KaoseT

    Have a iPad 4 right now, so I'll wait a generation or two.

  • AndreyATGB

    All the things they'll probably do, like use the A7(x) and lighter. My iPad 3 is pretty slow, it never was fast but iOS 7 doesn't help.

  • bykeat

    iPad with external slide-out touch screen, extra ram. Dr. Beats certified speaker. More bass! Foldable keyboard. Stylus pen. Torchlight. Solar panel. Usb slot. And of course, durable and waterproof for outdoor activities.

  • obamakilledusa

    Really sad that the screen isn't larger. It is nothing new from ipad4. Who cares about a few lost millimeters. I want bigger screen.

  • $P4RT4N

    Since I don't actually own an iPad yet, anything really. I'd love to see an A7 and retina screen on an iPad Mini since I've decided to keep my iPhone 5 until obsolescence with iOS 9 or 10. I'd rather buy an ipad every two years and keep my phone just a fancy phone... Of course I'll be speaking a different tune next September probably lol.

  • Sven Van de Perre

    iPad Mini, retina, that can push games to be played on my TV by using a controller.
    That could work, if they really created a new section next top iPhone & iPad games: AppleTV games. As a developer, we'd be going higher up in content (longer levels, bigger games, ... as your average session is al lot longer), so we need a separate market to not get another price war again.

    Also, while Tim Cook is at it. Why not take the movie pricing point and move it to the AppleTV games section. Meaning you can buy a game for 9,99, or rent it (you can play it one month) for 4,99.
    As I'm not sure the Free to Play model is beneficial to the console market. A few fixed price slots would be a lot better.

  • Eugene Smozhevsky

    It would be hard to convince me form-factor wise. I doubt those 1,5 centimeters matter carrying wise, but I doubt it will be as flexible to hold as old one. Touch ID is a must since my working exchange requirements really annoy me with a passcodes. 64 bit processor might be a good thing for iOS on iPad. It feels way better on 5S - damn it was better even on 5! than on iPad 4, but with only real deal being Infinity Blade which ended for me with all those "save humanity" dialogs in part 2 - i doubt 64 bits will save the day someway soon. I guess i will wait for iPad 5S/6 or whatever it will be called.
    Now iPad mini with Retina looks like a winner. And then iPad 3 comes to mind, where hardware was not powerful enough to really power up that thing. If mini will have not a top notch processor it will be a very questionable machine. Also I keep my mini for old-school/pixel games. I play things like Real Racing on iPad 4 and things like jRPGs, RPGs and other pixel-stuff on mini since it looks way better and more natural. So do not know. i was happy to be early adopter of iPhone 5S, but i doubt they will show enough to upgrade my iPads... But who knows!

  • Smashbuddie346

    Umm ill buy one if it came with the new Kevin Durante shoes for 900 dollas