So in roughly 12 hours Apple is set to announce the next iPad. Seeing as how I haven’t blogged in almost a month, it’s high time I wrote about something.
First and foremost, please Apple, please somehow incorporate a stylus for the iPad 3. Apple recently started its forray into the distribution of textbooks via the iBookstore, as well as encouraging the use of iPads in schools. Now I know they introduced a lot of useful features like notes and highlighting to iBooks, and I know the touchscreen is great and all, but when you’re a student nothing beats scribbling stuff on the white margins of your textbook. And taking notes with a pen and paper still feels way more natural than typing (even on a physical keyboard).
Back in secondary school, I loved taking notes on my tablet computer in Windows Journal. It felt really natural, and I didn’t need to worry about wasting paper and any mistakes I made while writing could be easily rectified. However tablets from 6-7 years ago are vastly different from the “tablets” we know of today. Back then there was no such thing as touchscreens. Tablets were basically a laptop with a screen that could be swivelled around and laid over the keyboard. Also, the displays were only able to receive input from the special stylus that came with the tablet. This was pretty great because it meant that you could rest your palm on the screen while writing without worrying at all.
Plenty of 3rd parties have introduced styli for the iPad, but the problem is that the iPad itself isn’t designed to receive inputs from a stylus. This is a really big problem because while writing, you can’t rest your palm or wrist on the screen while writing as the iPad would take that as input as well, thus interrupting your writing. Some apps have tried to mitigate this problem by introducing features that detect your palm and try to ignore that input, but it’s far from perfect. You still can’t comfortably rest your hand on the screen while writing, making it nigh impossible to easily take notes on your iPad without causing strain and aches to your wrist.
I’d be so damn happy if Apple somehow works some kind of magic and has some special stylus and some special app that allows the user to easily write on a capacitive touchscreen. The iPad 3 would become the only thing I carry all over campus in the future if that were the case.
Other than that though, I don’t really have any other wishes for the new iPad. People have been clamouring for a retina display on the iPad. While that would definitely be a nice addition, I have to wonder what kind of a nightmare it would be for developers to double the resolution of all their graphics. Furthermore, if powering this screen would require more juice which would cause a decrease in battery life, I would much rather live without a sharper screen thank you very much. The insanely awesome battery life of the iPad 2 I’m currently typing on is one of the biggest reasons why I love this device so much. Unlike my stupid iPhone 4S, this thing can last for days and days without having to get plugged in.
I’m sure Apple will try to make it thinner once again, but I don’t really think that’s necessary. What would be nice though is to make this thing lighter. Sure, in comparison to a laptop this thing is really light, but it’s still not light enough to the point where I can just bring it out with me whenever I want to.
So listen up Apple, writing and weight. Just handle those 2 things and along with many other students out there, I’ll be over the moon.Read More