I have been reading about the sudden demise of the iPad. While I think it is far from dead, the fact is that the iPad market is not growing, and adding a new device to Apple’s line-up could help offset the iPad’s diminishing revenue.
I would call the new device the "Apple Spartan". The Spartan Apple is actually a hybrid fruit that is a mix of the McIntosh and the Newton "Pippin'", which seems like a perfect place to derive the name of this Apple hybrid device.
The main issue with the iPad is that anything you can do with it, you can also do with an iPhone and/or a laptop. Also, the other issue is that most of the current iOS features still work with the second generation iPad. Yes, the iPad gets better and better with every release, but if you have limited funds, it makes sense to update your iPhone or laptop before updating the iPad. I have an iPad Air 2 and it is close to tablet perfection. The only things I would like to see added are multitasking (coming with iOS9) and Wacom Cintiq (Photoshop/Illustrator pen editing) type of functionality that would take it to new levels. However, I am not sure what else they could add to make it worth updating?
The Microsoft Surface
Microsoft has been working on an operating system that works across all of their platforms. The Surface is similar to a tablet that runs the full Windows 8 and later operating systems. I still think it is a bit awkward to use as a main laptop because the cover/keyboard is not up to the same quality as a typical keyboard. Also, it is a bit more awkward to use in the lap. I am also not a big fan of the way that it jumps from the newish tiled “metro” interface into the old-school desktop, either. However, it is giving people an ultra portable laptop that doubles as a decent, if not perfect, tablet. For many, this is all they need.
The Apple Hybrid
* For those unaware of Wacom, it is a device that typically hooks up to your computer via USB. It is a flat tablet that enables pen input into programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.