Still waiting for the next iPad. Having used an iPad from its second year on I have decided that it really, really needs an update in the usage department.
What do I mean?
I really have tried to use my iPad to take notes and to do real work, I have a blue tooth keyboard but it requires a table for me to use and is one more item to carry. Really one needs pen, audio as well as keyboard input, and to be honest I would like keyboard and mouse input because the damn screen is not as easy to interact with as a mouse for heavy writing/editing.
For note taking I worked with just a stylus with several note taker apps but the poor wrist rejection and poor accuracy of the stylus make the payoff poor given the effort it takes to use well. I bought the Jot blue tooth stylus and its accuracy is absolutely abysmal and the ‘feel’ of the hard nib on glass just sucks.
My little Moleskin note-book is better than the iPad. It would seem to me that one could create a very useful iPhone size note pad if the screen were a little draggy like pen on paper and the accuracy of the stylus was as good a pen on paper.
There has been commentary about tablet sales topping out, especially iPad sales. I think that’s because a lot of people who thought they could use the iPad or equivalent as a more general computing tool have slid back to using it as a consumption device and that makes the cost of these high-end devices too high.
To pick up more users and re-energize those of us who have found ourselves slipping into a reader only mode the iPad needs to replace the note pad. That means the useable surface needs to expand to something more like 8.5 x 11 and it needs to have a high accuracy high feel-quality stylus. Letting the Surface Pro 3 and the Galaxy Tab S go without a strong response will slide the iPad into a lesser position and let MS retain and perhaps expand its Business core. It could even kill the iPad Air sales entirely since for a pure reader the iPad mini is a better deal.
So I hope the rumour of a larger iPad is right and that it has the technology required for a high accuracy high ‘feel-quality’ stylus. Even better if they can do this on the iPad mini and iPhone I would expect them to be leading the pack again.
This is not to say that the non stylus start of the iPad was wrong or that the capacitive touch interface should fade. You do not always have or want the stylus or pen, and learning the new touch interface was important but as the market matures and the users understand how they do and could use devices their wants/needs expand. And as the Galaxy and the Surface demonstrate to some degree the stylus/pen is a needed adjunct.
One thought here, sapphire might be a very good material for the right type of ‘pen’ sensor, hard enough to allow one to use a metallic tip perhaps?