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Four iPad 3 Features That Apple’s Tablet Won’t Have

We have seen a flurry of leaks in regards to Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 over the last couple of days. We now are fairly certain that the iPad 3 release date and announcement will fall during the month of March and now we are starting to get a pretty clear picture on what will be coming on board Apple’s new tablet. And for various resons, there are other features that we won’t be hearing about them at the iPad 3 announcement. Let’s get a closer look.

3D Display

Suggestions of a 3D display are also probably wide of the mark, although French researchers have found a way to do 3D on the iPad 2 without the need for any new hardware. With 3D yet to become truly established however – both on large and small screens – it would seem unlikely that Apple will tackle something still considered a fad in certain sectors.

Yeah, the 3D would be cool. It’s not a must-have feature, but it would be a nice addition. And while we still don’t see the iPad 3 being announced as the iPad 3D, it’s possible this feature could arrive in a future generation.

USB Port

This is on most people’s wish list, and it is likely to remain on wish lists for years to come. A USB port would allow for easily expandable storage and a new wave of cool accessories. But while it’s within the realm of possibility, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Thunderbolt high-speed data transfer

A Thunderbolt port would be revolutionary for the iPad, but appears unlikely at this stage. Intel’s Thunderbolt (also known as LightPeak) is capable of data transfer rates up to 10Gbps (or 1.25GBps), supports high-resolution displays and can effectively transfer a full-length HD movie in well under a minute. Apple has already brought the technology to the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Mini to date, but the technology is still in its infancy, and is not cost-effective for tablets.

Game Controller

How cool would it be to have a wireless game controller and AirPlay display mirroring sending your screen from your iPad to your Apple TV to your HDTV? There are a ton of great iPad games, and many are created specifically for the iPad’s unique controls. But we aren’t going to get a true first-person shooter experience with a touchscreen.