Remember the iPad?
The company’s entrance into the tablet market launched to great fanfare in 2010, but the device has since fallen out of favor. This is why our wishlist for iPad doesn’t focus on specs. Instead, we hope to make iPad relevant again. Here’s how:
Price Check! (Odds: Just 15%)
We think a lower price is critical for success. For most, a smartphone is indispensable, as is a laptop and a television. iPad, not so much. With Amazon and others offering quality tablets for $150 or less, it’s no surprise that iPad sales are trending downward.
A price cut on a new product would send shareholders scurrying.
Multiple Accounts (Odds: 75%)
The iPad is a communal device. Anyone can just pick it up and instantly play, surf, read, or watch. iPad can be used in the kitchen, living room, bedroom. Make it waterproof and you can take it with you into the tub. The problem, of course, is that not everyone wants their apps and browser history revealed.
Multiple user accounts are long overdue for the iPad.
Bigger & Bigger (Odds: 75%)
Phablets have made tablets less relevant. There’s an obvious solution: go big. Rumors have percolated since last year of the proverbial iPad white whale, a 12.9 inch “iPad Pro.” That’s a start, but we also wish for something even bigger — like this 18.5 inch Dell XPS tablet. Imagine playing PacMan on an iPad that size.
The iPad Pro is a near-certainty. An iPad larger than 12.9 inches is not likely, however.
Split Screen (Odds: 100% going to happen)
Save your wishes. This is happening. Apple is already instructing developers on how to implement “Slide Over” and “Split View” functionality for newer iPads. Split View lets users view two apps side by side. Slide Over is similar, though with one app more prominent.
iOS 9 also includes Picture in Picture functionality for newer iPads. This lets users watch video or even FaceTime while inside another app. The video can even be resized to your liking.