iOS Multi-tasking Brings New iPad Impetus
The big announcement from WWDC, as far as iPad users were concerned anyway, was multitasking. This ability to run apps side by side brings the promise of a more powerful, more capable iPad better suited to facing competition from hybrid Windows tablets.
Ignore the requirement to have an iPad Air 2 to make use of the functionality, that's down to the memory limitation of other iPads, and instead consider how this is another step towards the blurring of the lines between iOS and OS X.
A larger iPad is now inevitable. Potentially packing a keyboard that turns it into exactly the sort of hybrid device that iPad users have been creating themselves ever since the tablet was first launched. I'd wager that after a case a keyboard is the number one accessory purchased by iPad owners.
For a larger, professional iPad that keyboard is an absolute necessity. And knowing that there is huge demand for such an accessory I can't see Apple not making a play for customer dollars.
Add together the multitasking, keyboard accessories and likely further enhancements to improve usability (a stylus?) and you start to see an iPad that looks very much like a Microsoft Surface.
Proving once more that Microsoft's problems are related to execution and not conceptualisation.
The iPad might not be as dead as some have painted it recently.