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iOS tablets: What will new iPads bring?

Posted: 16 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPad? tablet? Android?

A touch of gold

The iPad Air 2 will reportedly come in the same colour options as iPhonessilver, grey, and gold. It's not clear if the iPad Mini will be refreshed alongside the Air, let alone whether it will gain new colour options.

iPad with a touch of gold

(Source: Goldgenie)

Windows 8 multi-tasking makes an iOS cameo

Rumors have held for months that at least some of Apple's next-gen iPads will include a split-screen mode that resembles multi-tasking in Windows 8, with one app "snapped" to the left side of the screen alongside a second app on the right. Support for the feature was found hidden in iOS 8's code, which reinforces that split-screen multi-tasking could be an imminent addition.

Will multi-tasking features make new iPads more productive? The devil will be in the details. Apple has often been successful because it's implemented features well, not because it's implemented features first. Will users be able to easily change how much screen space an app occupies, or will new iPads support only certain split-screen ratios? Will users be able to drag content from one app into another? Will there be other features that allow apps to interact with one another while in split-screen mode?

Windows 8

(Source: YouTube user the1zealous)

New storage options

Rumors indicate Apple will continue to offer only 16GB of RAM in entry level iPads, just as it does with its base iPhones. Given that iOS 8 was so large that it caused storage challenges for many users, Apple's miserly attitude towards onboard capacity is somewhat disappointing, if not also somewhat predictable, since Apple wants to protect its margins while encouraging more customers to check out iCloud.

Even if the iPad Air 2 offers only 16GB at the low end, Apple might offer better value with the mid-tier and high-end configurations. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple switched to a 16GB/64GB/128GB line-up, with $100 price bumps from one storage level to the next. This replaced a 16GB/32GB/64GB line-up and offered customers better value for step-up storage options. Apple already offers a 128GB iPad Air, but at a $300 premium over the base 16-GB model. If Apple's new iPads use the same storage scheme as the iPhones, customers who want more capacity will be able to obtain it for less money.

New storage options


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