When are we going to see backside input on the ipad?
With the upcoming ipad refresh there is alot of talk about resolution, slimmer profile, and minor detail refreshes which are expected, but what about addressing the elephant in the room concerning data input with tablets.
Tablets today are mainly consumption devices since they do not fair well for productivity due to limitations with the keyboard design.
The current solution for increasing the data input on tablets is basically by converting them into laptops which is a pretty taped together solution that makes buying a tablet pretty redundant when you can just buy a touch-screen laptop.
The rumor that Apple might be releasing an ipad/macbook air hybrid is pretty sad considering they would just be copying Microsoft Surface and not really solving the inherent design flaw with the tablet.
Apple was the inventor of the tablet so naturally they should be the ones to continually innovate its design.
Also, its worth noting that the ipad would probably require some kind of Haptic Feedback for a rear input to work properly, which Apple has just unveiled with their Taptic Engine, so it could be soon before we see ipads with localized haptic feedback on both sides.