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In this new weekly column we’ll be posing a question to you, our (gorgeous and handsome) readership, and letting you inform us and each other. The question will be posed on a Wednesday, with the results and a brief discussion about them appearing the following Tuesday.

This Week’s Question…

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3?

In this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, Yaara asked whether you’re likely to buy an iPad 3 Will You Rush Out To Buy The iPad 3? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You Rush Out To Buy The iPad 3? [MakeUseOf Poll] The new iPad 3 is due to arrive sometime in March, probably sooner than later. The iPad 3 sure looks exciting, but there’s probably going to be an even better one next year. So where... Read More or not. I’ve voted, and so should you. Now that you have, and whichever way you voted, I want to know what would make you go out and buy an iPad 3. It is set to be unveiled on March 7th, and likely to be released a month later. Which features or improvements matter the most to you?

Will you be happy merely with incremental hardware improvements such as a faster processor (possibly quad-core) and more RAM? Will an iPhone 4S 6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S [Opinion] 6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S [Opinion] Some time has passed since the iPhone 4S hit the market, and everyone is screaming from the mountaintops about it. I am coming from a 3GS so the improvements are leaps and bounds for me.... Read More -style ‘Retina Display’ be enough to persuade you to part with your cash? How about 4G? Or Siri integration? Or better cameras? Will size matter (at least on this occasion)? Or would lowering the price be the best thing that Apple could do to guarantee mainstream iPad sales?

Let us know your thoughts on this question in the comments section. And feel free to respond to others’ views on the subject while you’re at it. Debate is good, as it means we’re more likely to reach some definitive conclusions as to what potential iPad 3 buyers really want to see Apple do with its latest hardware release.  And you never know, someone from Apple might stumble across this post and end up reading your comments. Stranger things have happened.


We’ll meet back here next Tuesday to discuss the results. Don’t be late.

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  1. Stephanie
    April 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I've actually just paid some money off mine, but the stores in NZ don't have any in stock, so I'll have to wait a while.

    For me, I wish GPS worked without getting a 3G/4G internet plan, and the camera was better, like the new iphone. I have a dslr, so maybe it doesn't matter, but it would still make a difference for me.

    Also, having an SD and a memory card slot would be nice, and the ability to run javascript.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Still none in stock? Wow. Thanks for your suggestions. I hope you enjoy your new purchase.

  2. Aminu
    March 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    You didn't answer the apsitnam question correctly, your comment was not saved. Press "Back" and answer the question better.Just to be sure that your message won't be lost - copy it now to the clipboard. ????????.. ??????????....??..????????????????

  3. Tepass Albert
    March 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I'll certainly want buy one

  4. randy
    March 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I love iApple .

  5. DVM
    March 4, 2012 at 7:06 am


    • James Bruce
      March 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Adobe what? Photoshop for iPad just got released. Not the 'lite' version that was out before, but full on, hardcore photoshop. 

      If you meant Flash, you should give up on that. Even Adobe no longer develops Flash for mobile devices.

  6. Innkeeper
    March 3, 2012 at 3:34 am

    One day people will wake up and relise that apple products are overpriced and that sales are made on the promise that the new model is much better than the old. What they should be looking at is do they need  a new ipad or will another tablet perform the same function. Don't get me wrong I think apple products are good but they bank on the promise that no one else's product is as good as theirs.

    • James Bruce
      March 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

      and for the most part, they're right. 

      • Dave Parrack
        March 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        A true fanboy's answer there...

  7. Cat
    March 3, 2012 at 12:09 am

    If it finally added the phone to it! I am holding out for it to be a phone and ipad! I also wouldn't mind the holographic keyboard if we are dreaming and wishing here! A good camera with flash! 

    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      An iPad as a phone? That would make the Galaxy Note look positively minuscule.

  8. Knightmarian
    March 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Perhaps if they were made in the United States and not in a sweat shop in China.

    • James Bruce
      March 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Presumably you also don't purchase *any* other electronic device, including the computer you're typing on now, any Android tablets or phones; heck, clothes and shoes? So you're walking around gadgetless and naked?

      • Dave Parrack
        March 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        That's a fair point but Apple could certainly afford to bring some production back to the U.S. at this point.

        • James Bruce
          March 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

          Then you're taking jobs away from Chinese, it's all the same. 

        • Dave Parrack
          March 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Tell that to unemployed Americans. The point is Apple is a U.S. company.

        • James Bruce
          March 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

          I'd call it a global company actually, and unemployment anywhere is sad. But I'm British, and married to a Chinese girl, so the US won't get much sympathy from me, sorry! ;)

        • Dave Parrack
          March 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

          I know, I know. I'm British too, but it does strike me as Apple could do a little more in the U.S. in terms of production. It would hardly bankrupt them at this stage.

  9. Adam
    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    The updated screen may be enough reason for most.  To make that new screen viable, it should have a quad-core processor.  For me, they need better desktop integration with non-Apple OS'.  Android does that well, and I own an Asus Transformer for that reason, along with the KB housing a second battery.  However, I don't think the iPad 3 will win me over the Asus Transformer Prime.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      The Transformer Prime is a nice bit of kit. Even if Apple fulfilled all your wishes you still wouldn't switch?

  10. Frank Harrison
    March 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I am starting a business and my wife has one from work, but I an't very well use hers. I have an IMac and I am wanting to create my LOGO with it and I can have it with me when I meet with a potential supplier when presenting my product. 

    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      An iPad (especially the latest model) would certainly impress when presenting a business proposition.

  11. Pauly Tx
    March 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Flash, an Email system that does not lose your attachments, minimal proprietary operating (pick my own cloud, my own music, sync - not just their offerings that rarely work well.)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Unfortunately I think Hell will freeze over before Apple lets its users opt out of the proprietary ecosystem.

  12. Bob Roebling
    March 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Great for cloud computing and I haven't bought one yet.

  13. Al
    March 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I wouldn't buy any overpriced, closed platform device like Apple sells.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      You're either part of the ecosystem or not. You're clearly in the latter group :)

  14. C Buhrandt
    March 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    That's a waste of my money I'll stick to a laptop that does everything

    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Not even tempted for the portability?

  15. Macguy
    March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    An 8" model similar in size to the Kindle Fire, a stylus that slipped into the body, more memory, same screen as the iPhone 4 resolution, at the same pricing they now have for the iPad2

    • Dave Parrack
      March 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

       A lot of people appear to want a stylus option. Which will surprise many. I can certainly see the other things happening :)

  16. Fifaki
    March 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    An 8 inch that I can hold comfortably in one hand

    • Dave Parrack
      March 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

       A smaller-size option appears to be very popular right now. The question is whether Apple will listen...

  17. Billwill
    March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    1 - Faster key response when touch-typing. 
    2 - Lower price

    • Dave Parrack
      March 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

       Thanks for commenting. I'd love to see both those things announced.

  18. Paschall Audio
    March 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I need something that can operate completely independent of a computer. If it costs as much as a laptop and has more power than all but the more recent processors, it ought to be able to do everything by itself. I feel like Android wins in that situation.

    • James Bruce
      March 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

      It already can operate independantly of a computer as of iOS5. You no longer need to sync at all. 

  19. Andrew Gould
    March 1, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I can't afford it. A bigger budget, I'd get one.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      How cheap would it have to be before you bought one?

  20. Guest
    March 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Retina Display not a big deal to me.  I'm interested in faster processor, Siri support, and possibly 4G LTE.  I would also like them to step it up in the content creation area.  We need BIG improvements to Pages/Numbers/Keynote, as well as possibly some new software offerings.  Improved mail app with rules, multiple signatures, etc. would be great.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for commenting. Siri must surely be on the cards.

  21. Allen
    March 1, 2012 at 3:15 am

    The only reason I would consider buying one is if I got a job that required me to have one.  Otherwise, there is nothing to justify the purchase.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 am

       iPads are definitely wants rather than needs at this stage.

  22. Keegan
    March 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Let's see... it would take Apple to release one for me to buy it

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 3:27 am

       It's being unveiled on Wednesday morning...

  23. David Hartley
    March 1, 2012 at 3:08 am

    3 things-
    cameras on all sides, including the endsability to roll it up into a little ball 
    what's my weight app where I get to stand on it and tell my weightok 4, open it up to android marketplace, amazon store, etc

    • James Bruce
      March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Can't tell if thats a joke… is it?

  24. Joe Haen
    March 1, 2012 at 3:04 am

    im buying one anyway 

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 am

       What if Apple disappoints on March 7?

  25. Dan
    February 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    IOS is a dealbreaker for me. It's a walled garden with draconian rules and protections. I prefer an open platform.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Have you bought an Android tablet yet though? I've resisted the urge as they've been a bit ropey up to now.

      • James Bruce
        March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

        They still are. 

        • Dave Parrack
          March 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

          They're getting better. Eventually there will be one worth buying that's a lot cheaper than the iPad.

      • Dan
        March 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        I've been using my cousin's Galaxy Tab, and it does have issues. But I am still hoping it would be as reliable as iOS.

        Also, since Win8-ARM is less restrictive than iOS when it comes to what developers can do, then it's going to be a real tablet option when it goes RTM. Open platform doesn't always have to be open source. 

  26. Ellen Cohn Odza
    February 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    USB ports and/or SD slots to allow me to load and/or share files w/o having to resort to emailing them to myself are the first thing that springs to mind.  Also the ability to have a full MSOffice suite (I'd settle for Corel - I still love Word Perfect).  A smaller version of the iPad would be terrific also - something the size of the Nook or Kindle would woo people (me!) who love their e-readers but don't want to carry something the size of the iPad everywhere.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Would a 7-inch version swing it for you, Ellen? That's the same size as the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire.

      I'd like to see USB/SD added as well, but I suspect Apple will hold out. If the iPad is truly going to be the PC of the future then it's essential, surely.

      There are rumors of Office coming to iPad, but I'm not convinced.

      • James Bruce
        March 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

        UsB/SD never gonna happen. 7" is plausible, but not yet. that would come later in the year after ipad 3 excitement dies down. Office, definately coming. 

        • Dave Parrack
          March 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

          Why are you so sure USB/SD is never going to happen?

        • James Bruce
          March 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

          - The ports are too physically big, they wouldn't fit. Unless you're talking about some kind of adapter, which they kind of already have anyway (camera connection kit, right?)

          - Demand isn't there. In the year of owning an iPad , not once have I thought "oooh, I wish I could just slot this SD card in here and… and.. " then what?

          - It doesn't fit into the ecosystem. Apps are not designed to "open files". They store app-specific data in the cloud and don't open random files without syncing. To do otherwise would be a huge security risk (jailbreak: plug in USB, open this file in pages… )

          - It would kill off higher end iPads with greater storage capacity since you would be able to buy the lower 16gb model and just throw in a 128gb micro-SD card. Given that storage is the only thing that differentiates different models, it would be a fools business. 

          Not. Gonna. Happen.  

        • Dave Parrack
          March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

           OK, you've convinced me. Especially with the final argument.

          There is some demand for it though, as proven by previous comments. Just because YOU cannot see the point doesn't mean no one else can. Not that Apple ever listens to its customers, of course. It does what it thinks is right and hopes consumers come along for the ride.

      • Ellen Cohn Odza
        March 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

         A 7-in would be great, Dave.  And I still want the USB though; I don't necessarily want to store all my files in the cloud and I often need to share files with co-authors who may not have their files stored in the cloud either.

  27. IMSH
    February 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Aside from lowering the expense, I could be tempted by a removable/replaceable battery. Highly improbable, I know; on the flip, it is highly improbable I will ever own an Apple product. Apple is way too proprietary for me, just a tick under Blackberry.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Apple let you fiddle about inside its products? Unlikely, unfortunately. You're not a Genius, remember, just a consumer.

      • IMSH
        February 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        A battery doesn't need to be inside the chassis, just connected to it like a notebook; therefore, I wouldn't be "inside".

        Also, genius is a word thrown around too liberally these days and is purely a subjective title.

        • Dave Parrack
          February 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Apple still wouldn't want you fiddling with it.

          I agree with you about the word genius, I was referring to the Geniuses who populate the Genius Bar in Apple stores.

        • IMSH
          February 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

          And Apple won't be fiddling with my wallet.

          The Apple Store Geniuses are those I had in mind with my statement. I have assisted others that own Apple products with visits to the Apple Stores; the two most common solutions provided were to upgrade the OS or to buy the next gen product. From my perspective, a two-answer person is not a genius; but for Apple, anybody who can bring in the next sale is a genius. But, I digress.

          Thanks for the banter, Dave!

        • Dave Parrack
          February 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm

          Is that seriously what was suggested by Apple Store geniuses? Wow. That sucks. At that rate I'm a Genius, you're a Genius, everyone in the world is a frickin' Genius!

  28. Daniel J
    February 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    nothing really, unless myself or someone I loved was in grave danger... 
    So, it's a long shot...

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

       Not a fan then?

      • Daniel J
        March 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        No sir. I have an Asus Transformer that I am rather fond of. Plus I plan of getting the Infinity Pad later this summer..

        • Dave Parrack
          March 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

           Ooh, I like the Asus Transformer line. Very cool.

  29. Davidconrad10
    February 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I enjoyed using the iPad 2, but gave it to my (grown) daughter for her birthday so I'd have an excuse to buy the 3. The reason I'll buy the 3? I want it. 

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

       That's as good a reason as any :)

  30. desenoj
    February 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Yes I will buy, I skipped 2 also.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Regardless of what is announced on March 7?

  31. LordDai
    February 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    if it ran windows...
    well I can hope can't I?

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

       Windows 8 tablets are going to be coming thick and fast by this time next year. It looks like you'll be lining up for one :)

  32. M.S. Smith
    February 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    A 7-inch version.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

       Purely for the added portability? I think it's possible, despite what Steve Jobs may have said.

  33. Whitfield
    February 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Release it from the Apple ecosystem.  Not only is the iPad overpriced, apps,music and video are overpriced.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

       It's unlikely but a nice dream.

  34. TheApoc
    February 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    A lobotomy...

    • Jfguyll
      February 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      I think the stylus is over related. It is a thing of the past. Regaurdless of what you use I better pressure sending system is needed. Coming from a manufacturing operations man I would like to see more business instigation the capability of using it solely to run my business without the need of another device. So more power, faster data speeds, completely independent of a pc (therefore sd slots, USB and any other periferal hook up). I would like an internal video projector that would integrate with an I phone as a prompter and full version of Microsoft office that includes access and a full version of one note. I would love to Siri and conetic integration. I would like to see it blow every other tablet out of the water.

      • Dave Parrack
        February 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

         I personally don't think Apple will ever cater to your needs. But Microsoft may do. Windows 8-powered tablets are sure to offer more for 'power' users. Siri integration is very possible though.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

       There are some fanboys I suspect have had those already.

  35. Dave
    February 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Kudos to whomever mentioned the stylus. If I could get a proper stylus that didn't have a tip as big as my thumb, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

       So far the stylus has it. That's interesting to say the least!

  36. Justin Winokur
    February 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Lower price. Note that I am not saying apple should lower the price, just that at a lower price, I could more easily justify it.

    I have no doubt that I would get a ton of use out of an iPad but that doesn't mean I can justify it given my financial situation and the cost.

    A retina display would also be a requirement, but I have no doubt that will happen.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

       You're certainly not alone on that one Justin. I'm in the same boat where I'd love an iPad but cannot justify the expense. Which means I'll probably buy a cheap Android alternative. Apple could easily cater to a wider demographic. But it's whether they want to head down that route.

  37. James Bruce
    February 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    To be honest,I'll buy one anyway. I skipped 2nd generation, and I feel like an upgrade. Plus, my mother's been bugging me to have my 1st gen iPad. ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

       Even if it's an iPad 2S with only minor improvements? OK, what would you REALLY love to see on the new version then? If you give your mum an iPad then you'll be the best son in the world ;)

      • James Bruce
        March 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

        I am the best son in the world!

        What I would *really* like to see? Honestly, I cant think of any great new feature it really needs. Coming from 1st gen, I'd like a camera, but thats not unique to v3. Reading SD cards and USB is useless. A transparent screen would be pretty amazing, I guess! tO be able to use it just as a regular monitor for any HDMI input would be nice. 3D capable screen?

        • James Bruce
          March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

          Oh, and definately Siri. Thats a must have at this point, I will be seriously pissed if they *dont* put that in there. 

      • Marlene
        March 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Yay, well done everyone, that is cecrort, they are buying numbers for their house and yes, it will cost R60. I'm glad you are enjoying the games Amanda, we'll definitely keep them coming.

  38. Shlomo Goltz
    February 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    True pressure sensitive stylus support is enough for me. Mobile Wacom action.

    • James Bruce
      February 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Absolutely not gonna happen. Far too niche.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

       I agree with James that it won't happen. But I'm hearing of an increasing demand for styluses for all tablets. Perhaps Microsoft was right all along.

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