It's no secret that I am a fan of iPad. My first iPad was the iPad 2 and have since used iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 12.9 inch and iPad Pro 9.7 inch. That's more iPads than iPhones that I have owned (4s, 5, 6, 7). This seems to be an unusual upgrade cycle compared to many iPad owners but I have always been enticed by the new features and have recognised their usefulness.
My favourite iPad that I have ever owned is easily the iPad Pro 9.7 inch. The Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil open up a whole host of uses and the size make it the perfect portable computer form factor. I have used it at home and at work, creatively and productively. It's incredibly fast and lightweight and whatever you think of iPad photography, it has a great camera. More than anything though, it's screen is great. With a wide colour gamut and Retina display, it's sharp and colourful. The most unique feature about this screen is that it reproduces the light warmth in your surroundings to mirror the effect of natural light on paper. This makes reading really easy on the eyes.
I realise you didn't come here for a review of a year-old iPad. In order to cover what I desire from future iPads, it is important to understand what makes the current iPad lineup so useful.
The bare minimum requirements to get me to upgrade are a redesign and 3D Touch. Having to handle notifications differently on my iPhone and iPad is frustrating and unlike Apple. Press hard on the one, swipe on the other. App Icon launch shortcuts and widgets are very useful uses for 3D Touch which are sorely lacking on the iPhone. I am not sure what's kept Apple from implementing it sooner but it needs to be on the next iPad Pro. No bezels and no home button will do well for a redesign. I might also like a change from chamfered edges.
Software is becoming increasingly important for how iPad is used. I hope that Apple makes some strong progress in iOS 11. Apple does not shy away from classifying iPad Pro as a laptop replacement and they've made a good case for it. I believe that in order for people to stop questioning that, iPad needs to have a desktop-class browser. A useful accompaniment to such a browser would be a redesigned iCloud Drive App.
Multitasking is an important capability whether you want to Tweet and iMessage or have two Office documents open. Apple can improve its implementation on iPad by allowing multiple instances of the same app and drastically cleaning up the mess that is the App Switcher in Slide Over. Being able to set a default app to Slide Over to could also be very useful.
I would also like for picture-in-picture to be handled by the OS so that apps don't need to add support for it. I'm looking at you YouTube.
Of course, I have only mentioned the future of iPad Pro. That's because I believe that the iPad (5th Generation) meets its requirements for 2017 perfectly. It's cheap, fast, has a high-resolution screen and it handles multitasking.
Lastly, for the sake of all things good and natural, please allow me to delete Photo Booth. It's the kind of fad software that people enjoy for a day but really don't need to keep around.