What are you expecting from the iPad 3 event? [Poll]

Okay iMore nations, we've given you our complete iPad 3 event preview and gone through pretty much much every hardware and software rumor we could think of -- so now it's your turn! Next Wednesday, March 7, when the Apple execs take the keynote stage, what are you expecting them to show off for the iPad 3?

In terms of hardware, a Retina display seems like a sure thing now, right? But what about a quad-core processor? Do they need it to compete or could they stay dual-core for another generation? How about more RAM and 128GB of storage? Nice to have or must have? Do they need 4G LTE speeds? Just in the U.S. or internationally? I doubt I'll get better speakers any time soon, but what about better cameras? Is 5mp enough or do they need to go to 8pm like the iPhone? And is there any chance at all the rumor mill missed a form-factor redesign this time around?

Likewise for the iPad 3 software. Does Apple simply have to bring Siri to the iPad 3, or can they leave it exclusively for the iPhone 4S? Will 1080p support come not only to the video player but to iTunes as well? Does FaceTime on the iPad need to let us do conference calls? How about FaceTime over 3G/LTE? And which apps will get the Apple spotlight at the event? Any chance of a new version of iMovie or even Final Cut Pro X for the iPad? What about iPhoto or even Aperture on that Retina display? Could Microsoft really be on stage showing off Office for iPad? And is there any way Apple has a Home screen (Springboard) redesign ready to surprise us with, or will we have to wait on iOS 6 for something that big?

Give us your best guesses, but remember, this is not what you want in an iPad 3, but what you actually think Apple will do on March 7. Vote in the poll up top and give me the details in the comments below. Ready... Go!

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What are you expecting from the iPad 3 event? [Poll]


There gonna bring.............. a Retina display. 260 some pixles, don't remember what it is, that's all.

I'm expecting a bigger ipad touch for gaming. I think thats what the "touch" in the invite meant. Bigger touch/smaller iPad. its all semantics. Hell an iPad is really just a giant iPhone right?

It seems like they will release an iPad HD, which means the iPad 2 will still be a "current" product.
iPad 2: $400 (8gb) starting price
iPad HD: $550 (8gb) starting price

I expect Retina display and faster System on a Chip and I would think that comes with more RAM but not Quad-core, because Apple has used Samsung in the past and I don't think they are going to use tegra 3 for various reasons. 720p video recording for FaceTime HD and 1080p playback because Retina is more than 1080p right?
4G maybe, Siri maybe and productive featured apps shown off like MS Office I think that is a given.

I am hoping for the higher resolution display and more RAM as well as storage space. The 64GB is nice, but if there were a 128GB option, I would jump for that. Siri would also be a great addition with full office integration for note dictation (none of this cutting and pasting from Dragon, though that is a great app). I think an updated processer is a given, just curious what kind of update it will be. The dual core vs. quad core seems like just an ego booster rather than something the device really "needs." I have always been impressed with the optimization of the iPad hardware and the user experience on the iPad. Since I am not simulating internal combustion engines or weather patterns and the iPad doesn't really allow for running programs in the background (most pause except for a very few), I think a quad core would be overkill. This is just my opinion. If anything, I would really like a Wacom digitizer for pen input, and then it would be an optimal device on so many fronts. Most students and artists would really benefit from the iPad if that were the case. The iPad is a really good student tool right now and I use NoteTaker HD which does a good job, but with pen input, the notes might be more readable and I could keep up with lectures better. I went back to a TabletPC for note taking for that reason. As a media device, the iPad is top notch. I loaded videos from my Contour POV camera directly to the iPad and was able to work with them much better than on my desktop, which just blew me away. I wonder if the iPad would benefit from a built-in projector and infrared keyboard :). Better yet, thought speak :D.

What is the problem with iMore? Every time they out up a poll and I vote I get a new blank tab. Same thing with viewing results. Does the software not work with an i4 ?

I think Retina display, better cameras with 720p front for FaceTime and upgraded processor are a given. As for price, I fully expect Apple will stay with the current structure. Raising prices makes no sense considering imminent and legitimate competition. As for the software, I just don't see Apple sharing the stage with Microsoft so don't expect Office to be debuted. I look for Siri integration and other minor tweaks like Mail and Safari enhancements.

Expecting specific things from Apple borders on idiocy. There simply is no point to it. People expected a floppy drive when the iMac came out and they expected a paper-thin large-screen iPhone last year. I don't expect anything from Apple other than that their new devices will be great, and that I will enjoy using them if I can afford to buy them. If I can't afford the new ones, I'll keep enjoying the old ones while dreaming about owning the new ones. Why screw up the surprise?

Retina, upgraded processor (bet the A5X, so primarily a graphics bump to support new display), upgraded cameras (8MP in the back to really show off the new display, and the current rear camera moved up front for FaceTime HD), and of course Siri. That will fill up the presentation nicely. Although it won't be formally announced, I'm guessing Gorilla Glass 2, which along with the increased 1mm iPad thickness, will provide a bit more internal real estate to accommodate the new rear camera, and help offset the weight of a bigger battery to provide the same battery life with the new power hungry components.

I expect:
- Retina Display
- Better camera
- More RAM
I'd like quad-core, but I care about how the iPad 3 performs in use, not what the specs are on paper.
New form factor? No thanks. I'm buying an iPad 3 for what it can do, not so I'll look cool.