Posted on January 12, 2011 by editor
Suggested features for iPad 2 which is expected sometime spring have today leaked online. These include a well overdue USB port, front facing camera, retina display type screen and 3-axis gyroscopes.
iPad Features 2011 - Video phone capability
First up is video calling, something we really expect the iPad 2 to offer, OmniVision is already rumored to make the front-facing and back cameras, and considering that FaceTime is now available on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G and Macs the iPad, already an iconic device for Apple, should definitely be able to do FaceTime calls especially since other tablets already come with camera support.
iPad Features 2011 - New display technology
New display technology is also something expected of Apple, the iPhone 4 has a Retina Display and so does the iPod touch 4G. We can only expect Apple to push the same type of display to the iPad 2 too.
iPad Features 2011 - 3-axis gyroscope
3-axis gyroscope is a feature needed for better gaming. And iOS is definitely a great mobile gaming platform and has plenty of games specifically designed for the iPad. A 3-axis gyroscope, like the iPhone 4's, should definitely be welcomed although not really a must have.
iPad Features 2011 - Better mobility
Better mobility could refer to the fact that Apple might be moving from an aluminum unibody design to a lighter carbon fiber case, although it could also refer to the fact that the iPad 2 might come with dual CDMA/GSM support. In fact, should Apple offer both these features in its upcoming iPad 2 design, then the tablet will indeed have to offer better mobility than its predecessor.
iPad Features 2011 - USB connectivity
Last but not least we have that USB support that Apple ignored with the first iPad. Will the iPad 2 come with USB support? Well it will at least come with two docks, one for portrait mode and one for landscape mode, but an extra USB connection will definitely not hurt.
We'll be back with more details as we get closer to the actual iPad 2 launch so stick around. In the mean time, let us know what you're expecting from the next-gen iPad in the comments section below!