AppleInsider and 9to5mac have a good round up of reviews all around from people who matter. And I could not help but notice one common trend in most of the reviews. While all reviewers are in praise of the iPads' hardware improvements like the blazing fast A8X chip and the Touch ID, all reviewers seem to yearning for one thing, a more functional iOS for the iPad and this is something I have been lamenting about for a while now.
With all the negative commentary about the iPads and its continuing decline in sales, but positive backing from Tim Cook, I am sure that Apple has something planned, up its sleeve for the iPad's future. One thing about future proofing the hardware, say like the 2GB RAM in the new iPads, is that software features that improve "productivity" on the iPad, like better multitasking, for example, can be added, say in an iOS 8.2 release or somthing. Whether or not this will happen in the next weeks or months is anyone's guess. But it is becoming increasingly clear that the iPad needs to differentiate itself much more from the iPhone, particularly with the iPhone 6 Plus's introduction and this is the only way Apple can be bullish on the iPad.