5 things that could have made the iPad Air a better iPad

5 things that could have made the iPad Air a better iPad
Apple has unveiled its newest tablet, the iPad Air, and while fans around the world are patiently waiting for November 1, which is the release date of the device, we've been thinking about the things the iPad Air misses the most - or the things that could have made the iPad Air an even better iPad. And you know what? We actually came up with a list of five things that we think could have significantly benefited the user experience with the upcoming tablet.

Obviously, you shouldn't expect to see things such as "mass storage mode" or "widgets" or "integrated kickstand" in there. The goal was to think of features that Apple might actually incorporate in an iPad - no wishful thinking. And so, without further ado, let us present you our ideas!

Once you check them out, don't forget to let us know what your take on this is. Which are the things you think could have made the iPad Air an even better tablet?

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh



1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Two last ideas could make both iPads great, specially earpods.

20. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I disagree with the headphones thing. They just add cost and waste. Almost everyone at this point has multiple sets of cheap headphones like the earpods. There is not a need to keep including them with every new device. Waterproof on any and all tablets (and phones) would be awesome.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did you just call EarPods cheap? They're one of the best for $30..

37. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

There are always better earphones other than the EarPods. Matter of fact, their just is.

40. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

They are cheap compared to beats headphones.


Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Beats are overpriced "Cheap" headphones. They have bad build quality and my Audio-Technica ATH-M50's were only $149.99 from Amazon and they sound A LOT better and cost way less.

56. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

You can turn into headphones into beats. 1. Put a red B on the side 2. Turn your amp and phone to max bass boost so it sounds like distorted farts. 3. Take a layer of plastic wrap and cover the headphone driver to kill off whats left of the quality 4. Enjoy your new piece of crap.

66. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Klipsch headphones are best sound per cost period, regardless of model.

41. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

No they're not. My cheap $30 m5 brainwavs destroy them.

60. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Cheap audio quality maybe? i actually agree with NexusPhan. The audio quality of the new EarPods was slightly better than the previous model but it's not good either. The problem it's not comfortable (it actually hurting my ears) and to much bass with low clarity. the new EarPods, there is no need to include them since i already have Sennheiser Momentum & Sony MDR 1r (since i believe every audiophile or anyone who really care about audio quality probably had their own headphone)

67. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The inclusion of these $5 worth of parts would've hurt apples $350+ profit margin per device too much. Therefore the apple customer must do without. I like how apple charges $900 for a $300 product while Google charges $199 for a product that costs them the same ($300).

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

there's nothing wrong with the iPad Air. But stereo speakers and headphones does make sense tho.

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

My requests would have been a kickstand, a keyboard dock option, bigger battery and front facing stereo speakers similar to the Nexus 10's. Slightly higher res screen would have been nice but iOS doesn't scale well (at all) so that was likely not an option. USB or microSD slot would have been welcome too. Or stylus support. Damn, the iPad really is missing a lot. Hey PA, list these other 5 missing features and change the article to 10.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They offer iCloud and the 128GB model to cut out the need for a Micro SD card slot. Not a single model of the iPhone or iPad ever offered SD support. Stereo speakers are always a welcome though, especially watching videos on a 9.7" screen.

17. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I don't care that an SD card slot was never offered. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be. They also never offered stereo speaker either, now did they? iCloud is terrible. The 128GB version costs as much as a car. SD cards are dirt cheap and make transferring pictures from my camera a piece of cake. Also, way to address only 2 of my many wanted additions.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is Apple you're talking about. Everything is pushed through iTunes, an Apple service, not third party support like SD cards. Btw, iCloud isn't terrible. Is the best? No, but it gets the job done and syncs between the entire Apple ecosystem.

28. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

iCloud is terrible. I'm having to deal with the BS on my GF's iPhone 5 all the time. Services are always down, slow, not working as they should. It's truly terrible. Can't remember the last time her iMessage worked. "iCloud sync error" Apple store genius was useless too. Did a wipe and it didn't work. They told her to get a new Apple ID and start from nothing.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well that sucks. My family has never encountered problems with iCloud except for when it went down for a few hours.

34. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It goes down all the time. I've also seen a thousand complaints on Apple's support boards and in reviews. I'm glad that you are lucky enough that it's not been a problem for you. I have had too many bad experiences to ever rely on it. I truly hope you never have the same experience.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

"there's nothing wrong with the iPad Air." Spoken like a true fanboy. The iPad Air is nice, sure, but there's no such thing as a perfect device...as least not yet. The fact that it doesn't include features that a lot of people wanted or expected is proof of that.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How does his comment make him a fanboy? iPad suits him well, so he's automatically a fanboy? I think there isn't anything wrong with the iPad Air myself.

44. g2a5b0e unregistered

It makes him a fanboy because he's not willing to admit that there are some things that could have been improved upon with this release. I love my Note 2, but I'll be the first one to admit that there were things about it that could have made it a better device upon when it was first released.

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Nothing wrong with a device is not the same as being a perfect device. These are independent events, not mutually exclusive events. Also, what others want or expect do not either diminish or detract the original person's opinion. There is simply no proof, except an attempt at word games.

45. g2a5b0e unregistered

I disagree. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a perfect device. If there is something wrong, it can't be perfect. If it is perfect, there can be nothing wrong. In my eyes, they are the same thing.

63. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

And thank you for proving my point. We are dealing with opinions and not facts. What you feel is perfect is your opinion, which you try to pass as a fact.

68. willard12 unregistered

What point was proven? In what world do you live in were "nothing wrong" does not mean perfect. "Perfect" means without fault. The ipad air is a solid device. But I believe the whole premise of the article is that it is not without faults, just as every device isn't without faults.

69. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's good to hear someone making sense on these forums.

43. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

what i meant is, why try to add more to a product that provides needs based on its operating system. Finger print scanner isn't gonna make it better. I think we get so fascinated by adding "new" features to products just because its new. I'm no fanboy just saying that the iPad is fine the way it is... now if i said "IPad FTW" after that statement then yes i would be guilty. lol

3. alejandrodejan

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

Now that I've known that there will be no earpods included on the iPad Air box I'm not buying this!!! Mind as well buy a lumia 2520...

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$500 for a RT tablet? Hey it's your money, but the iPad Air offers more.

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