Ha! The MacPad comment gave me a good chuckle.
I agree with it having Siri. Many people overlook this prediction due to being obsessed with hardware. :)
I won't speculate too much on specs (after all tomorrow we'll know :-)). As to the product name, iPad 3 and iPad HD have been bandied about. I'll add to the mix iPad Pro (would be nice if it had an "enterprise" slant to it), or perhaps iPad Air (if they do something really sexy with form factor or something to increase commonality with MacBooks).
The biggest possible surprise? A dramatic reduction in price.
Since a lot of rumors are about the 7"-8" size and the Invite says Touch maybe we'll see a bigger iPod Touch
agreed...with all the talk about two ipads it suddenly dawned on me at some point that it
was the ipod touch doing the jive
Would anyone be surprised to see Microsoft as part of the announcement? Office on the iPad would be a huge win. And all those extra pixels would be great for excel spreadsheets. Just a thought.
Other predictable predictions:
1. Retina display
2. New processor
4. Improved Camera
5. New Siri controlled apple tv with Apple
Tv streaming service, 1080p, and new processor.
I've said before that I don't think apple really cares about creating a tv set, the Eco system is much more important than the hardware. If they can get people to start buying there tv service at $99 entry point, why charge them 2x current tv prices to get in the door?
I predict the iPad 3 will suffer under the Power of Android.. well just kidding, but indeed i think the invitation makes it obvious that the iPad will most likely be for people who need some special treatment. I mean look at that Icon size! it's like almost one square inch! This is nice because now every fool can hit them =) Apple reaches a whole new buyer group
I prefer a tablet in the 7-8" range for reading which is what I use a tablet for 99% of the time. So in that size it's much easier to hold for extended periods of time.
I'm conflicted over the button. I don't see any reason for its removal, and it is a distinct part of the iPad design that people recognise. But then why would Apple take the trouble to take a photo of the iPad for the invite in an orientation other than portrait? Just to confuse us!? Or maybe just to take emphasis away from the button and on to the screen.
might as well add the mind reader UI to your list as well :D
iPads have a "guest mode" so you can hand it to a friend or a kid to play with and know they won't grab/change your data, delete apps, buy stuff, etc.