Just before Apple swamped us with a tsunami of product announcements last Tuesday, I posted a blog entitled “Here’s what the iPad 5 needs in order to be really exciting.” I noted that the feature I
miss most in my current iPad is real multitasking—a consequence of the iOS being unable to display simultaneously open windows of two applications, or even separate windows of the same app.
I also mentioned clumsy and erratic text selection and manipulation (which seems to be even worse in iOS 7). An element that would help immensely would be a mouse driver at least supporting
Bluetooth pairing (or, even better, USB), and lamented the iPad’s lack of access to a file level directory. I noted that real USB and SD Card slots would be great, even if it meant the enclosure
had to be a bit more bulky in order to accommodate them. So would an Apple-made keyboard case a la the ones available for Microsoft’s Surface tablet PCs, making viewing and support for keyboard
commands, as well as more comfortable typing.
However, I expressed doubt that the new iPad would include any of the features on my fantasy wishlist, and I was right in that prediction. Apple went in the opposite direction with the iPad Air,
making it physically smaller and adding none of the productivity features I outlined above.
Please, don’t misunderstand. I think the iPad Air and its mini with Retina display sidekick are impressive engineering and industrial design…