As the fourth birthday of the iPad approaches, it’s pretty amazing how much you can now do with Apple’s tablets. You can edit video with complex transitions, create and mix music, and experience the future of interactive learning. So why do I mostly use my MacBook Air, relegating an otherwise powerful iPad mini to a portable gaming console? What I want is an iPad Pro, a slate with a bigger screen than the iPad Air that focuses more on productivity without sacrificing simplicity — or fun. If Apple is working on such a device, as is rumored, here’s how the company could make me a true believer.
Intel and its partners are off to a pretty good start with 2-in-1 laptop-tablet combos, and there's a wide variety of design options out there. However, there hasn't yet been a home run as far as I'm concerned. The Surface 2, for example, has an improved two-position kickstand, but the typing experience still isn't great. Other detachable designs are sturdier but too clunky. Apple can easily deliver a physical keyboard dock that's better than anything its partners (like Logitech and Zagg) build for the iPad today.