It hardly seems like it, but it’s been nearly a year since the announcement of the iPad. Soon, we’ll no longer be able to call the device that’s selling today by the simple name “iPad” — instead, it will become “the original iPad,” “iPad 1,” “iPad 1G” or “first-generation iPad.” If history (and leaks from Foxconn) are anything to go by, we may see an announcement of the iPad 2 in a little over a month, with devices hitting store shelves a couple months after that.
Undoubtedly we’ll be hearing a lot about the forthcoming iPad 2 over the coming weeks (we’ve heard several iPad 2 rumors already). Maybe you have an iPad already and are looking to upgrade, or maybe, like me, you didn’t find the current iPad compelling enough to purchase until the second generation. In either case, it’s worth asking the question: what would convince you, savvy TUAW reader, to buy an iPad 2?
Personally, I’ve got a laundry list of features I’d like to see in the next iPad, but even if only one or two of them make it into the iPad 2, I’ll be getting one. I originally thought there wasn’t a wide enough gap between the iPhone and my MacBook Pro to justify an iPad, but with the advent of multitasking in iOS 4.0 and the iPhone 4’s vastly improved CPU and Retina Display, I’ve not only found my iPhone taking over a lot of the functions I used to use my Mac for, I’ve also found myself thinking, “Gee, if only this thing’s screen were bigger … if only Apple made something that was basically just a big iPod touch.” (That sound you just heard was a hundred iPad-hating pundits crashing to the floor simultaneously, crippled by cognitive dissonance.)
I’ve got my own thoughts on what I’d like to see in the next-gen iPad, which you can see by clicking “Read More.” We also have a poll where we’ve asked you what you want to see most in the iPad 2.