A quad-core processor has been named as the feature consumers would most like to see on the new iPad 3 according to a survey by TechBargains.
85% said a quad-core processor was at the top of their wish list, closely followed by 82% who hope the new tablet features better audio components and a USB port. A memory card slot was named as the fourth most wanted aspect with 81%, while a less reflective screen and the inclusion of personal assistant feature Siri also made it into the top 10.
The US survey also revealed men were more likely invest in an iPad 3 than women, with 25% of men planning to buy an iPad 3 on its expected release date next month compared to just 12% of women.
Although few details have actually been released regarding the new iPad, 71% of respondents expect the tablet to feature 4G, nearly half believe it will remain the same weight as previous generations and 65% believe it will be priced from $499. 80% expect the 9.7 inch screen to remain the same size, while 67% believe the new iPad will feature an upgraded camera to record video in HD.
Research by USA Today also found that consumers want the new Apple iPad to boast a budget-friendly price tag. Other more unusual suggestions put forward included making the iPad 3 waterproof and producing an iPad which featured a solar panel to make recharging effortless.
The results of the survey come in the same week that British research revealed that the iPad is the most popular device for online shopping. A survey by Basekit found that over three quarters of British consumers use their iPad to do a spot of online retail therapy, while 66% of m-commerce users also named Apple’s iPhone as their preferred platform for making transactions.