This is likely the Death Knell for Thunderbolt. I'm not saying this to be hyperbolic but with DP and USB 3.1 over a universal connector Apple gets what they wanted with Thunderbolt (single multi-protocol cable that supplies power) What they don't get is Intel lockin. This should be as applicable to ARM based platforms as it is Intel.
Note that Apple hasn't really promoted Thunderbolt lately other than the Mac Pro and there's no rumor of Thunderbolt 2 displays.
Think i'm going to hold off on Family Sharing until perhaps 8.1. It shows promise wrt to features but typically iOS initial releases are pretty buggy and I don't want to start mashing up Apple accounts until I know i'm landing safely.
I see this iPad as being more of a DCC machine. I see it as being less about carrying it around and more about it being a nice complement to your desktop setup. I see it being the preferred size for Photogs, video mavens and music creators.
I could see the RAM doubling and these coming in a quad core configuration.
It's expensive but totally complementary to Priceline's business.
All of these services want to become sticky "one app does it all" services. Priceline can book my flight, Car Rental, and Hotel now and in the future they'll be offering me the ability to create reservations for dinner.
With all of the recent acquisitions that Apple has made that can bolster Maps I wouldn't mind seeing some good improvement but having iOS 9 be the large leap forward for Maps. It's not easy to integrate the technology of many disparate companies into a cohesive end product.
Maps works well enough and when I really need some features I turn to my Navigon.
You need both. There are times when I want to change the lights and my iPhone is upstairs. I'm really considering the forthcoming Philips physical switch and I'd welcome a Hue Extension as yet another way of quickly getting to my recipes.