In the wake of the Apple developers conference, here’s how I suggested resolving the iPad software problem: a “pro mode” that activates when the tablet is connected to the keyboard and music pad. In addition, Apple is preparing a flood of Apple Watch health updates, new Covid locks coming to the MacBook Pro, and M2 chips tested. What to Expect at Apple’s International Developers Forum in May, as seen on Power Over last week. Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. Tony Avelar is a photographer. It is no secret that Apple Inc. high to your software, and it has been from the beginning of the device.
In 2010, when Apple launched the original iPad, the device did not have much functionality, folders for applications, playback audio and integrated email inbox. Those exceptions are quick fixes, and the modern iPad has all the features it expects from a computer, but it reflects the ongoing software debate on the device.
The current iPad Pro application is well ahead of its operating system, iPadOS. The device now has an M1 chip, the same processor that powers a 13-inch MacBook Pro or 24-inch iMac. It’s a much more powerful way to run iPadOS, which, in my mind, is also the preferred platform and a tweaked version of iPhone’s iOS. Why is this injustice important? Due to software deficiencies it is possible for Apple to make an iPad that can appeal to every customer.
There are legions of professional users who want to squeeze the most out of the iPad. They want to develop an app; they want to run strong distribution books; and they want to run Slack, Twitter, Messages, Safari 35 tabs and Photoshop all at the same time. They want you to replace their laptops. But there are other users who are easy to browse on Facebook, send occasional email, binge Netflix and play games. And they want the iPad to be replaced as they use their laptops.
That means the same device needs to be powerful enough to meet the needs of 20% of users and easy enough for another 80%. Apple has done a lot of injection with its iPad app, but not its software. Today, Apple has four main iPad models: $ 329 regular iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. They have different capabilities – the iPad Pro has more storage, a ProMotion screen and better cameras, for example. The iPad mini is almost a bag with its small screen. And the iPad entry level has a lot more basic display.
But all of those iPads run the same version of iPadOS, as well as the same third-party applications and the same Apple software. To maintain the simplicity of the iPad — while making it more powerful for pro-Apple users needs a new approach. According to Federico Viticci of MacStories and I discuss the new capabilities On Twitter podcasts last week, the iPad Pro should have three modes:
A compact, first-touch mode with a standard home screen that is part of the iPadOS today. A new option that turns on when you connect the Apple Pencil application, optimizing icons, controls and user interface elements for that accessory. And, most importantly, the new “pro” mode that starts when the iPad is connected to the keyboard and music pad, such as your own Apple Keyboard Magic, or external display. When I got the Intel MacBook Pro, I found the iPad Pro to be my go-to device (I made this site my first Power On paper last year). That is because the infamous 16-inch Intel MacBook Pro is — much to the chagrin of Apple and Intel — making more hot plate and airplane technology than a portable laptop.
Small applications, so you can use things like calculator, music player, remote Apple TV and sticky notes without having to open a new application completely and ruin your performance. Those features will probably be too complicated for most users looking to escape the complexity of a Mac or PC. But they should be there for users who like them. I think the next major leap for the iPad will be making big displays, maybe a 15-inch model. But I don’t see how Apple can actually make big jumps without making sure the software fits first.
The good news is that WWDC 2022 is no more than two months away. Already, the company is expected to introduce an updated switcher app for the iPad. It would be great to see a pro-multiplayer position to go with that.