iPhone and iPad

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]

Dave Parrack 07-03-2012

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us] We Ask You Tell UsLast Wednesday we began a new weekly column here on MakeUseOf. We ask you, the MUO readership, a direct question and invite you to do our work for us let us know what you think about the subject at hand. After a healthy debate we then compile the answers into an easily-digestible summary for your pleasure on the following Tuesday.


Last week the question concerned the upcoming iPad 3. Apple is all set to announce the iPad 3 tomorrow morning (March 7th), and we’ll all no doubt be glued to the edge of our seats eager to see what slight changes Apple has made for the latest iteration of its market-leading tablet. But what did you say would ultimately make you buy an iPad 3?

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3?

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us] iPad 3

We asked you, What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? You told us…

Suggestions for upgrades or new features included stylus support, Siri built in, USB and SD Card slots, the standard more power/more memory, a removable battery, Microsoft Office, a screen with a better resolution (Retina Display, perhaps?!), faster touch-typing response. And the obvious (and seemingly never-ending) support for Adobe Flash.

More general suggestions included a cheaper price tag and a smaller-size option of 7-inches or 8-inches. Many people also used the opportunity to rally against the iOS ecosystem, arguing that they don’t want to buy an iPad because doing so would mean playing by Apple’s rules.


Less-serious suggestions included support for Windows, a holographic keyboard, and “a lobotomy.” And, controversially, Apple to bring production back to the U.S.

Comment Of The Week

Comment of the week goes to Daniel J, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for, “nothing really, unless myself or someone I loved was in grave danger… So, it’s a long shot…

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  1. RJ
    March 8, 2012 at 2:05 am

    ipad really needs stylus support, i have an ipad 1 and when i take business trips it saves me carrying a host of paper print outs and notepads (3-5kg). I just save them all as pdfs and i can use the ipad to mark up just like paper printouts... except that the stylus support is so bad that I have to write like a 7 year old so that the mark ups and notes are legible.

    If ipad3 had a fine tip reactive stylus support I would buy it in an instant and stop cutting down trees for my paper needs.

    Think about it while you're taking your notes in the meeting, you can check your mail or calendar seemlessly, then send your hand written notes and drawings straight after the meeting.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Unfortunately Apple thinks styluses are stupid. So don't expect support to improve anytime soon.

  2. Xoandre Moats
    March 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The only way I would get an iPad is if it only cost $10 or so. Yes, I said TEN DOLLARS!

    If it ran Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Complete, with no trace of iOS I would probably be willing to pay about $50 at most.

    It is too large and bulky to tote around, which is why i invested in a Kindle Fire and am loving every minute of the hand-held world of Kindle.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      If Apple ever released an iPad for $10 then I will eat not only my own hat but everyone else's hats as well.

      You're pleased with the Kindle Fire then? It got mixed reviews.

  3. HildyJ
    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

     Ultimately I wouldn't. Apple has become a status symbol and, like other status symbols, from Nike to Rolex, you get a good product but you pay more for less as far as capabilities. I'm happy with my ASICS shoes, Omega watch, and HP Slate tablet.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      I agree to a point. But the iPad is THE one Apple product I'd love to buy because it's superior to the competition. Having said that if anyone wants to buy me Transformer Prime then that's fine too ;)

  4. Carl Zaner
    March 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    If I could buy an iPad 2 for $19.95 once the iPad 3/HD comes out.

  5. Jak
    March 7, 2012 at 7:32 am

    So many I would love to add but I guess some of the ones I would love the most to be on the iPad 3 would be.. A wireless mouse instead using the touch screen all the time. A USB port would be nice too and DEFINATLY a cheaper price maybe $450-$500? And maybe cheaper Internet plans or an infinite usage plan for 1 month for $20-50? It would be amazing if all these got on the ipad but you don't always get what you want so..yeah thanks

    • Dave Parrack
      March 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

      You're the first person to mention a mouse. Fingers are the future! Unless you stick with a PC until they're no more :)

  6. Luis Deliz
    March 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Easy. $199.

    Edit: I realize this is unrealistic. I can dream though, can't I?

    • Dave Parrack
      March 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

      That would blow everything else out of the water, and I'd buy one in an instant. As would everyone else. Ah, we can certainly dream ;)

      • Xoandre Moats
        March 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

         You do know that - after taxes and buying groceries and paying bills, I, like millions of people in the USA, can barely afford to burn through three month's savings at $199. Only because I got a bonus set of tips at my delivery job was I able to buy my Kindle Fire. I am happy with it and have no problems.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

          I haven't yet bought a tablet because I have to justify the expense. So you're not talking to someone with money to burn on consumer tech. I need a laptop, I don't need a tablet. I'm glad the Kindle Fire is working out for you. I'm in the UK and we haven't yet had the pleasure of its release.

  7. Gideon Waxfarb
    March 7, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I'm into running softsynths on the iPad and other audio apps like multitrack recorders, so I'll be upgrading when these apps are updated to take advantage of the extra horsepower that the iPad 3 will surely have.

    It's unfortunate though that these kinds of apps are mostly missing on Android, and a Lemur port would sure be nice. That is the reason why I own an iPad instead of a Transformer :)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Would you rather switch to Android but cannot for that reason?

      • Gideon Waxfarb
        March 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

         'Would you rather switch to Android but cannot for that reason?'

        Yup, that and a couple of other related apps, such as the ones that Yamaha made for my Motif XF. Other than that, I used to have a Transformer, and it pretty much destroyed the iPad in every other area.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 8, 2012 at 12:49 am

          That's interesting because it means Apple is only winning the tablet wars because of the App Store rather than the actual hardware. Thanks for commenting :)

        • Gideon Waxfarb
          March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

           Well yeah, any fool could've told you that :)

        • Dave Parrack
          March 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

          I wouldn't say that. Apple would insist the iPad is superior to the competition for a lot more reasons that merely the range of apps available for it.