Rumors fly this time of year especially when it comes to Apple products and the iPad in particular. We can't know for sure who starts those but I read an article by Bloomberg News this morning and it seems that the specific items mentioned would make a lot of sense.
The article referenced an imortant San Diego company that makes chips that will allow for different types of connections ( both GSM and CDMA). These are the two dominant radio standards for cell phones and smart phones out there. Having chips that would acomodate both types of networks makes sense to me and seems very logical and likely in the new version iPad 2.
The article suggests that Apple will introduce the new version in the first quarter of 2011, several new features that will appeal to the iPad user, including making it thinner. The new chips and several other features like a camera for video calling. I know that I would like to have an iPad now that our MLS and our Standard Forms are accessible from the iPad. I fully expect that many real estate professionals will gravitate to this neat piece of hardware. Currently the iPad still needs a reliable printer app that prints correctly but sending the Contracts to the clients e-mail allows then to print it just fine. When we sync the iPad to our computer, we can also print the contracts or MLS from our Mac or PC. A good work around for the time being. This printing issue will get solved and maybe in this new version?
When I was at ActiveRain Raincamp in San Diego, I was sitting next to a person that was typing away on his iPad during the presentation. As I recall he had a mobile keyboard as part of the case that housed the iPad. Pretty cool. I really liked the idea of being able to take notes on a small profile computer that is easy to hold in your lap and the iPad has so many other cool applications.
There have been lots of rumors of what the new features of the iPad 2 will be, most of which are likely from someones wish list. Some of those items, including but certainly not limited to the camera to accommodate FaceTime® may also be a part of the new version but we will have wait for it to be introduced by Apple to know for sure. I switched to the MAC almost 2 years ago and I have been pretty much pleased with the way things work and now with many new software programs being added. One of things that was really so different with my Mac experience over the PC ( at least prior to the opening of the new Microsoft stores around the country) was the idea that you could carry the Mac into the store and have the Genius Bar ( a very apt name for their service dept.) fix it if anything goes wrong. Most of the time from what I can tell, is that many of the issues that came up with the Mac are mostly human error based and pretty easy to solve. But like any machine anything can go wrong but having a fix locally based is really awesome.
Because I do a lot of photography and those files are large, I am personally hoping for a larger storage capacity as well, but I can find work arounds even if not. I will just have to store less of them on the iPad but certainly there is enough space for adding my selection of photos to my blogs. My current printers are not set up for Wi-Fi as they are connected via USB but that will have to be a consideration when I actually do get my iPad.
Each time I go into the Apple store, I find more after market things that will make the iPad one of the key pieces of hardware in my real estate business. So I am anxious for the new version to come out. And I fully expect to be the type that wants to share the success and the particular applications I find to make it easy for those interested to adapt to it. Having been a Tablet PC user, I am excited to embrace this great new tool for my real estate business.