I'm sitting on a train, in a coffee shop, in the office, on an airplane, at a press conference. The iPad is in my hands. I think: this can be all my. This can be the one device. And something happens.
iPad Pro is a better (but more expensive) tablet now and it comes closer to being a killer device. Its speed, seamless appearance, its invisible Face ID? Love it. But it's not the tablet itself, that's the problem. That's all else.
I had a list of the features I needed on the next iPad Pro before Apple's event started. I look at it now, with some more additions. I even outlined a few solutions on the train using the new Pencil and iPad Pro.
By the way, I wrote this story on the iPad, but edited and published it on a Mac.
iPad needs its own operating system
The iPad has long resembled the iPhone, down to the useless grid of apps on the home screen. It may have been useful in 2010 when people learned what a tablet was, but those days are gone. The quick effect of the iPad Pro is faster than most laptops I use. But I hardly have the opportunity to exploit it in everyday power management currents, in addition to split programs that can be optimized. The massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro home screen shares that grid of apps so far apart, I can see endless wallpaper for the icons. It just makes me think of widgets, pop-ups or other things that might be there instead.
Apple upgraded iOS to split screen iPads, an app dock and other ideas a few years ago, but that's not enough. When it comes to what that killer OS could look like? It's up to Apple. But it must let iPad be its own thing. And it will support new inputs and accessories at an OS-wide level, including track angles, mice, pencil's new double-button commands, and everything USB-C can take to the table.
Talking about which …
A real keyboard base with trackpad.
This is not a wild and crazy request. But that means that iOS on the iPad gets a significant change to support it. It's worth the effort. Without a trackpad, I point to the screen to make changes. With a trackpad I can edit just fine. And for web-based work, it will help tremendously. Microsoft and Google (and everyone else, really) support trackpads. If the iPad Pro is ever a tool for writers, this is important. And while we're at it, the keyboard makes lap-friendly and add backlit keys. Google'sis exactly what the iPad Pro needs.
An additional USB-C port, so it's one on each edge
Docking the iPad Pro in future USB-C hubs is the key for desktop or laptop transformation. The next iPad will need an additional USB-C port for flexibility. A powerful glossy slate is useless without bad ways of developing.
A desktop full-screen display docking station
iPad Pro can use a screen mirror display on the iPad 4: 3 aspect ratio, and some applications may choose to create other display solutions. But iPad can't add another monitor and do what a Mac can do, and it can't even extend the screen to a larger, higher res monitor when it's docked, as the Nintendo Switch can do. If the trackpad / mouse support existed, a dock would ponder a variety of apps, or provide a basis for it to rest on and connect to other accessories, and become a small version of Microsoft Surface Studio. For example, check out this crazy Docking station.
Cross-iOS USB-C Support on iPad and Remote Storage Support
Part of being a pro-means provides access to large files and time-consuming workflows that must happen as the Pro requires it. Video Editing, Images: These require a lot of storage space. Paying up for an iPad storage upgrade does not make sense and cloud storage is impractical. IPad Pro must work with storage arrays over USB-C. Think about thisUSB C hub can do whatever you want.
More Pro Apps
Apple should lead the way with bold apps that make the most of their hardware. Strangely, on the new iPad Pro, it doesn't happen. Why not Final Cut Pro X, Logic, or even some new apps and ideas? For app developers to recover, Apple can lead the way.
And maybe more smart, snap-on accessories.
The new pencil is a brilliant little revision and adds AirPod-like connection. The magnetic smart connector on the back is also appreciated. But there should be several ways for add-ons to work the same way. Considerthat make a basic game tablet a versatile handheld. The iPad Pro can transform in different ways if the accessories were there. Sounds like ? It does, but in Apple's hands on a pro device, it can lead to some really useful solutions.
Perhaps this will happen in 2019. Meanwhile, the iPad Pro has not been much closer to doing the things I need it, even with its new design. And the funny thing is that it's so close … and so far.
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