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3 Features the Next iPad Needs

Of course the next iPad will be thinner and faster.  This goes without saying.  Now that the competition for tablets and other portable devices has really gotten fierce, Apple needs to make some key moves to keep the iPad in the game.  This is a tricky situation, as Apple must be very hesitant to turn their iPad into a viable replacement for the desktops and notebooks they also happen to sell at a much higher price tag.  That being said, the iPad platform needs some upgrades to continue to set the bar.

For starters:

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1. Give us a Finder app please!

It is high time that we had a proper file manager on the iPad!  I’ve posted before about making the iPad more friendly to file types other than photos (5 Things Chromebooks Do Better Than iPads).  The ability to create folders, save to them from the web or from other apps, and search the contents would be a major improvement.


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2. Multiple Users (or at least Guest Access)

Between Email, Dropbox, Google Drive, I have a great deal of personal and professional data on my iPad.  The kind of data that I would hate to see changed or erased when I hand my son the iPad to use his ABC app.  There are many times at the office when I hand the iPad to a colleague for some amount of time, taking the gamble that they won’t find their way into my email or other sensitive data.  I know Apple is probably not too keen on the idea of a family or a small office all sharing one unit when they could all buy their own personal iPads ($$$).  I would be happy even if there was a “Guest Mode”, that would only allow access to the web and to select apps chosen by the main user.  This would really make the device more secure and much more usable for many of us.


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3. Do more with iCloud

iCloud is still not a “go to” cloud service at this point.  Compared to others like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive (or whatever they are calling it this week), iCloud is of very limited use.  It would be really nice to see some expanded functionality as an online hub for more than just photos and documents from the iWork family of products.

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5 Things Chromebooks Do Better Than iPads

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I have been an iPad user since Apple released them in 2010 and a Chromebook user for the past few months.  In that time, I have found that the Chromebook has many great selling points for both the education user and the general population.  Here are my top 5 so far:


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Keyboard and Mouse

Let’s face it, if you are doing anything beyond basic short bursts of typing for emails, web urls, and tweets, an on screen keyboard has its limits.  The Chromebook that I am using right now has a very well built keyboard (clearly Macbook inspired) and mouse, both of which give me the tactile feel I have grown accustomed to when typing.  Of course iPads support a variety of wired and wireless keyboards, but it is nice to have everything all in one form factor without the need to pack an extra keyboard everywhere you go.


 

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Working with A Variety of File Types

Have you ever tried to work with anything other than a photo on an iPad?  It is often miserable.  Something as routine as saving a PDF from a website and sending it as an attachment can only be accomplished with the help of 3rd party apps that not all users have the time or experience to download.  The Chromebook lets you save documents right to the hard drive and/or the Google Drive, making them easily accessible to email to other users or open in another program.


 

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USB Support

Even though the Cloud has many of us ditching the USB drives, there are still many times in my week when I am approached by a colleague who has documents on a thumb drive.  Chromebooks have full support for USB drives, mice, keyboards, and many other USB peripherals that iPad users have been asking for since 2010.


 

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Adobe Flash!

Even though most modern websites have moved on to HTML5 and other mobile friendly designs, there is still a lot of great content out there that uses Flash.  I find it incredibly stubborn that Apple still refuses to support Flash.  Not only does the Chromebook support Flash, it updates it silently in the background for me (so no more constant annoying reminders, like my PC and Mac).


 

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Staying Up To Date

I really like and appreciate the silent updates of the Chromebook.  The only sign that an update has taken place is the occasional arrow in the notification area telling you that an update will be applied on the next restart.  Even then the update is so quick you probably would not know it was happening.


**Full Disclosure: I love both Chromebooks and the iPad.  I own several of each and both are very useful in their own right.**