Here’s Apple’s next big iPad innovation

Bloomberg, citing ‘people familiar with the matter,’ recently revealed one of the major enhancements that Apple plans to deliver with its next-generation iPad devices,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “‘The new iPad hardware will include a faster display technology that allows for smoother zooming, panning, and scrolling,’ Bloomberg reports.”

“Although this doesn’t appear to tell us much, it’s pretty clear what Apple is planning to introduce here: a display with a faster refresh rate,” Eassa writes. “The greater the refresh rate, the smoother virtually everything gets. It’s one of those features that one doesn’t realize is missing until one experiences a higher refresh rate display — then it becomes quite difficult to go back to displays with slower refresh rates. Bloomberg didn’t indicate what refresh rate Apple’s next-generation iPad displays will run at, but my guess is that it will be 120Hz, or double the speed of current iPad displays.”

“This is certainly a feature that I would expect to come to the iPhone at some point. Keep in mind, however, that Apple relies on the iPhone for the majority of its revenue and gross profit dollars, meaning that Apple can’t introduce the feature until it can be implemented at a reasonable cost structure,” Eassa writes. “I wouldn’t expect it until the 2018 iPhone at the earliest, and it wouldn’t be a shocker if iPhone customers have to wait until the 2019 iPhone model to get a zippier display.”

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      1. It’s Apple’s job to come up with the next big thing. Not Roy.

        We’re the customers and as customers, we’re not impressed with Apple selling old tech at premium prices and Jedi mind-tricking us that this is “Amazing,” or some other BS nonsense.

        Cook can fool us once, but not twice, 3x, or 4. But it sounds like he fooled you.

    1. It’s a huge pita when you’re scrolling text and images. You’ll see that the text gets blurry as you scroll, so also the image. As the article says, it’s such a huge improvement that people can’t handle going backwards with it.

      IOW: Trust us, you’ll love it.

    2. It’s all about Apple Pencil interactivity. Drawing and painting are much more time sensitive than typing and the increased rate will serve to make the iPad with Pencil that much closer to using paper. Additionally, this will allow for better zooming and scrolling, essential to doing close-up detail work.

      People want Apple to do “fun” things like hover to tap. Samsung did and it turned out to be a dud. Apple is focused on true usability. Even if it isn’t appreciated as a feature bullet point, it will be when you actually use it.

      1. A perfect example of under the radar advancements is Tru-tone. When I pick up my IPad Air after using the iPad Pro, the Air’s display looks blown out and blue. doesn’t seem like a sexy feature, but man do the colors look truly accurate ALL THE TIME! Related note: yeah, the Samsung OLED displays look great on first view, but they still look artificially pumped over time and still don’t know how blue color will reproduce as the OLED ages.

  1. What Apple should do is network the iPad to a desktop Mac, where your work gets “computed” on the Mac but displayed on the iPad. It would revolutionize 3D, video and graphic design. For certain tasks it would be a dream come true. With support to eGPU coming with Sierra, you could configure a rather powerful setup with the flexibility of the iPad Pro.

  2. What they need to do is figure out how to get displays to be readable in sunlight. It is too shiny to be like paper. I sort of wish they’d create a cover with an e-ink display so you could read iBooks in the sun. Since Amazon can sell e-ink Kindles for $70, I’d think Apple could create a case with an e-ink display.

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