Am calling it now. The iPad has always and still is a very slick and cleverly marketed laptop without a keyboard that succeeded because it made content more immediate and intimate. However, it was and still is an ergonomic disaster (slippery, poor position and size of power and volume controls - total contrast to the superbly usable Nexus 5 Mk1 phone), requires all manner of extremely expensive peripherals to be useful (some costing more than a used Nexus 7 Mk2), really fiddly and inflexible OS and so on. Contrast to my tools of professional and creative productivity, the Galaxy Note 4 and Surface Pro 4. Together, their styluses plus industry standard ports and such make them flexible and also a delight to use.
iOS was an accident, an unplanned OS that originated with the iPhone OS that Apple bleed after introducing the remarkably successful app store. iOS was not conceived from the ground up to be an OS, so it is stuck in a groove, a bit like a building built on poor foundations.
If Apple want to reboot the iPad, they should scrap the technically impressive lovely to behold 12" MacBook (with the nasty keyboard and single USB-C port) and the iPad Pro, and release an 8" (Fits in one hand) and 13" (A4/Letter) sized OSX powered Apple Pencil driven pair of tablets for creative, data logging and productivity professionals.
And call it the MacPad or something.
AnonD-308243, 17 Feb 2016my feeling exactly, who wants a big and slow thing to add weight on you. they fail to give tab... morebecause they want to stick mid range/last years phone hardware in a bigger case probably.
AnonD-476425, 17 Feb 2016tablets are going down because are bigger and slower than high end smartphones. we want 4k tab... moremy feeling exactly, who wants a big and slow thing to add weight on you. they fail to give tabs a purpose and arm them with the highest perfomance socs they have. i expected super perfomance with custom made software to cater for mobile office needs and in turn i got crap basicly, software was poorly formed and the soc in most is not impresive at all. heck this time around why not 4k panels, full ms office support, sd820 or equivalent full lte support on comms and full wifi abilities. why not make a bad ass machine with insane graphics chip to render properly for once.
tablets are going down because are bigger and slower than high end smartphones. we want 4k tablets with 4 gb ram and aluminium and glass body. the tablets were left behind.