iPad 2: What we didn't get
The Apple iPad 2 brings with it new dual-core power and cameras in a slim new casing. But what's missing from Apple's second-generation tablet PC?
Take a look at the list of features and updates we had our fingers crossed for in the iPad 2, but didn't see in the end. The list is based on rumours before the event and features that are seen on rival devices. Which features would you liked to have seen?
The biggest disappointment. Apple set the bar high with the iPad's 1,024x768-pixel display.'s brain-twistingly detailed retina display, and we hoped for a similarly high-resolution screen on the iPad 2, but the 9.7-inch touchscreen is the same as the original
Will you miss it? Hugely. The iPhone 4 has given us a glimpse of what's possible, and while we didn't expect a full retina display, some improvement seemed like the least Apple could do.
True worldwide reception
The iPad 2 is available on Verizon and AT&T networks. Those two US phone networks use different types of network technology, GSM and CDMA, which are used in different places around the world. It's possible for one device to work on both types of network -- with the
Will you miss it? Depends how much travelling you do.
That the iPad 2 would sport a camera was pretty much the only certainty before the event:said so. But the main camera offers less than 1-megapixel resolution. It's enough for 720p high-definition video, but pales next to the 's 5-megapixel snapper.
Will you miss it? We're still in two minds on this one. On the one hand, we're not sure how often we'd hold up a 10-inch gadget to take a photo. But if we're going to hold up a 10-inch gadget to take a photo, we'd like to end up with a photo that's half-decent.
suggested that Apple could add social software to iOS 4.3. That didn't materialise, and nor did a rumoured . Game Center is still rubbish, too.
Will you miss it? Now Find My iPhone is free, MobileMe doesn't have a huge amount to offer that we can't find for free elsewhere, so not really.
Paying for things
Near-field communication was rumoured to be in the new iPad, allowing you to pay for stuff by. It isn't.
Will you miss it? Not really -- NFC phones are still in their infancy. We're still getting our heads around contactless credit cards.
The much-maligned iTunes is at least good at syncing your Apple mobile devices. But why oh why can we only sync to one computer? Home or work -- you must choose. Sadly, that hasn't changed today. Proper wireless syncing is still a pipedream, too, meaning we're still stuck with Apple's little white cable.
Will you miss it? Only when you can't find an iPad cable. Which is all the piggin' time.
We still can't use the iPad as a mobile hard drive, like a USB stick or any other phone that allows you to plug into your computer and transfer files. Only files that are actually used by the iPad's software, like music or video, are allowed on the iPad 2, and only if synced via that white cable.
Will you miss it? Only if you don't have ato hand.
Yeah, we know: dream on., even though it's an important part of the Web experience in video and animation. File this one under H for 'happen, never gonna'.
Will you miss it? Yes, but be careful what you wish for: some Cravers have been dismayed to find that Flash on Android phones slows mobile browsing right down.
Android and Windows Phone 7 devices offer live widgets on the lock screen. That means you can see upcoming appointments, calendars, new messages or other handy information without unlocking your phone and going into the relevant app. It's handy as all heck and would be a great extra detail in Apple's famously user-friendly interface.
Will you miss it? Yes. Try an Android phone for a day or two and you'll really miss live widgets when you next pick up an iDevice. Get on the case, Apple.
Thehas an FM radio, and that's the size of a couple of chunks of Dairy Milk. Why not stick a radio in the iPad too?
Will you miss it? Not even slightly.
In shops now
We held out hope for a an immediate launch, which didn't happen -- but we don't have to wait long at all. The iPad 2 launches in the UK before the end of this month, barring delays.
Will you miss it? We can wait a few weeks. Can't we?
Over to you
Here's the full low-down of what we did get in the, and here are our . Tempted to part with your pennies? Find out . What do you miss the most in the iPad 2, or does it tick all your boxes?