As usual rumors have started to hit the Internet about the release of iPad3 towards end of March 2012. Among the so called expected features as per the below articles particularly two are interesting. http://www.thetechlabs.com/tech-news/ipad-3-features/
One is the “3D Feature and New Retina Display” and another one is “Fingerprint Proof”. The reason I feel they are more than just rumors is because I’ve recently read some patents being filed by Apple on both of these technologies.
Patent filed on displaying 3d environment : http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/01/apple-is-paving-the-way-for-a-new-3d-gui-for-ios-devices.html
In consumer market it will definitely allow users to create 3D content by taking 3D images or 3D videos using their smart phones or tablets. But it will also give a boost to technologies like 3D Modelization, Augmented Reality creating opportunities for innovative enterprise solutions. 3D display environment on a smartphone or tablet would definitely bring in great visual nonetheless. Many people talk about Near Field Communication (NFC) although it’s not yet supported on iOS and a fairly new technology on Android. But if fingerprint proof or mobile biometrics come to smartphones, it will literally kill NFC before it is being adapted by users. Because, mobile biometrics is more secure than NFC where user’s identity or secret key is thumb impression. Imagine, fetching medical history or checking into airports just by taking finger prints on a smartphone or tablet.
At the end, as we all know the above discussions are still rumors but we can’t deny the fact that technologies like this are going to make smartphones and tablets much more interesting than they are today.