The iPad 3 hysteria is reaching a fever pitch, and even I am getting swept up in the excitement. So much so that I just sat down and made a short list of the things I would most like to see Apple add to its next tablet device.

Before I unleash my list upon the unsuspecting masses, I must reiterate that I do know that some of these are never going to happen, but that’s kind of the fun of a wishlist, right? Asking for things that would be mind-bendlingly awesome but are almost impossible, or just highly improbable.

With that out of the way, onwards we go to my iPad 3 feature wishlist

  • Retina display – Almost guaranteed at this point, a new high-resolution screen is top of my list of wants for this iteration of iPad. The current model’s resolution may have been fine pre-iPhone 4, but now we are all so used to a screen that is laminate to the glass above it, anything less just feels cheap.
  • Increased memory – While a new dual-core chip is being rumored heavily, it is the memory which I think could do with improvement. The way iOS handles multitasking is unique, but throwing more memory at things always improves them. Not having to re-load games and apps that remember their state no matter how long ago they were used would help push the iPad to the next level.
  • Smaller bezel – The iPad 2’s bezel is far from huge, but any improvement over the current model would be greatly received. Apple’s tablet already has the illusion of just being a slab of glass, and removing as much of that black frame as possible can only help.
  • Higher capacity storage options – Let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time before we get a 128 GB iPad. With games getting larger and larger, and HD media required for that high-resolution screen, the more storage the better really.
  • Improved speakers – If you’ve ever listened to music or a podcast on your iPad then you’ll know that the built-in speakers leave a lot to be desired. Let’s have an improvement here please, Apple. The speaker on the iPhone 4S, for example, is much better than anything that has come before it.
  • A trackpad on the back of the iPad – Hey, if the Playstation Vita can have one, why can’t an iPad?!
I’m sure you’ve got some others to add to that list, so be sure to let me know in the comments!