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Things I Hope to See From the iPad Event

Tomorrow, March 7th, is the launch of the new iPad. That cannot be disputed but the facts surrounding the launch easily could. Many tech blogs are buzzing about rumors on what Apple will announce tomorrow. Some say the iPad 3 will be called the iPad HD and that it will feature LTE on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The A5X SoC and possibly a new Apple TV is being reported by others. Reuters claims:

Apple Inc is betting a 4G-equipped iPad will tempt more U.S. consumers to pay extra to watch high-quality video on the go, and in turn, give Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc a revenue boost. […]

The newest iPad will be capable of operating on a high-speed 4G “LTE,” or Long-Term Evolution network, according to a source familiar with the product. At speeds roughly 10 times faster than current 3G technology, that may go a long way toward banishing the sometimes shaky video quality of older devices.

But what are the things I want to see tomorrow? Well lets list them off:

  • iPad 3 - I mean this is an almost given, I want to see the new version of the iPad, whether it is called the iPad 3 or iPad HD.
  • iOS 5.1 - Developers such as myself have been waiting for almost a full month now without another beta of iOS 5.1. Obviously the iPad launch may have caused a delay in providing that since it may contain code specific to the unreleased iPad 3.
  • Siri for Developers - I don’t think it will be in iOS 5.1 but hopefully developers will get access to iOS 5.2 which may have APIs allowing developers to integrate their apps with Siri. Lets say I ask Siri, “What song is playing?“, I want her/it to be able to use Shazam to identify what song is currently being played. Of course this would only work if the phone itself is not playing any music since the phone already has that function.
  • Share Sheets for iOSThis goes along with my hope for iOS 5.2 and Siri API’s. With the recently released developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, Apple introduced a new feature and accompanying API called “Share Sheets“. This allows developers to add sharing functionality to their apps and register their own app as being one able to share. This way a developer such as Facebook could register their app with Share Sheets and allow any app to share content via Facebook using the built in Apple APIs and not the Facebook SDK for iOS. Similar to how Android has been doing it for years.

If you want to check out a live blog of the even they head to The Verge tomorrow.