The iPad has valways been a favorite device for me (and hence a lot of articles on iPad News on this blog, the recent one being this), much more so than my iPhone. It was special because of how intuitive the form factor felt for certain use cases. The iPad Mini was the device I had for a long time before some crappy iOS updates almost wrecked it unusable and I got rid of it. But I have also not yet bought another iPad to replace my iPad Mini. There are a few reasons for this.
- The iPhones have become increasing bigger in screen size and more powerful in performance, replacing the iPad in certain use cases
- The iPad's OS, which is essentially the same as in the iPhone (except for a few tweaks here and there), cripples the iPad significantly. The iPad itself feels like it could do so much more than what Apple is currently allowing it to do (looks like there might be some improvement on this front according to the iPad Guru Federico Viticci)
- I was waiting for a smaller iPad Pro (that was released recently but the point 2 above still holds me back)
The iPad hardware is great and with the recent iPad Pro (both the 12.9" and the 9.7") it has gotten even better and the Apple Pencil looks awesome. But until and unless Apple releases an iPad specific OS with much more features taking advantage of the iPad's capabilities, I will remain adamant in not buying one!
And all this has also slowed down the iPad sales a lot in the recent few years. I mean, how much even Tim Cook sounds enthusiastic and upbeat about an iPad sales revival, the numbers were just not there, that is up until now... The recent quarterly results from Apple might finally be the break that the iPad was waiting for. Head over this nice article from AboveAvalon on the back story of the iPad sales performance, some recent iPad News and how the recent uptick in the sales might point to an upheaval. But for my sake and the sake of so many iPad lovers out there, I hope this one point on the plot below is the beginning of a new trend and not an aberration!