With a bluetooth keyboard and a charging dock or a stand, iPad is a great platform for Vim coding.
Does one edit remote files locally, and compile/run remotely? (the benefit is the editing feels instant - no keystroke latency.)
With Dropbox support this would be possible.
Or has Apple let up on the "no coding for you!" iPad/iPhone terms?
There is no such term. The term used to be that you cannot bundle a compiler with your app, but even that has been lifted recently with Lua interpreter embedded in many games.
So, when your iPad is a laptop Vim is great!
If I remember correctly, iSSH hasn't been updated for quite some time now. Though I might be wrong.