With the new iPad professionals There are rumors that it will be released soon, and “iPadOS 15” is expected to follow closely at WWDC 2021. AppleInsider has listed a large number of hardware and software updates that may bring desires to professional users.
Apart from these upgrades, there are not many other ways of rumor. However, this is the list we would like to see.
Improved external monitor support
in order to IPad In order to grow into a true PC replacement, it will need to allow users to dock and connect to a larger external display.right now iPad operating system Having gained strong mouse/trackpad and keyboard support, the next step is to implement native resolution on the external display.
What needs to be clear is that iPadOS currently provides support for external displays, but the ratio of its display to the iPad itself is 4:3. When the app supports content on the iPad (for example, when playing a video), the content on the iPad will expand to the entire screen, but otherwise, the iPad experience on the external screen is limited to the reverse letterbox view.
As far as we know, there are no technical limitations on this. This only makes sense when the iPad is a pure touch interface and requires the user to interact with the tablet itself. But now almost all Bluetooth mice or touchpads can be connected to the iPad, and the need to use the iPad’s display is reduced, and the external display should be able to be expanded to display the entire operating system natively.
Of course, this requires developers to do some work, and developers need to design their applications to scale to different screen sizes and sizes (the most famous are 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios).
However, if iOS and iPadOS applications are running on this machine Mac computer with Apple Silicon, Probably has inspired developers to write code for their applications to get more display sizes. The external display support of the iPad Pro is very suitable.
We do not imagine developing for you, but to provide an imaginary concept of how multitasking can work better on the iPad Pro. We just say that the current system is not it.
Apple needs to return to the drawing board again and reconsider the iPadOS multitasking system. Currently, it is clumsy and impractical, and certainly not intuitive. It also considers touch in the design, so it is not suitable for mouse and keyboard input.
The process of opening and closing a second application (especially an application that may not be in the docking station) is clearly a sign of improvement. For users who like to use iPad Pro in portrait mode, it is best to place two apps vertically.
Regarding when iPadOS closes the application in the background, the background application refresh is still a mystery. For professional users, it is best to have control over the applications running in the background, perhaps turning the application switcher into a less switcher, and more display the actual content that is running and using RAM.
No additional gestures or movements are required to display the application dock. Apple should add an option to always show the docking station.
Professional users should also have the ability to delete the “home page” from the bottom of the screen. Yes, we know where to swipe the card to return home.
Real professional application
You will notice that most of the content we list here are software limitations. This is because the iPad hardware is powerful and well-designed. But in terms of software, it feels like Apple hasn’t gotten rid of the training road.
One way to change is to bring true professional applications to the iPad Pro.Apple should have a complete, native and touch-friendly version Xcode, Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion, Compressor and MainStage.
Let them all cross-buy Mac App Store And the iPadOS App Store, allowing professional users on the Mac to migrate to the iPad Pro and use it as its main computer for trial.
Apple can’t force third-party developers to make their iPadOS applications as powerful as Macs, but Apple can lead by example and showcase the iPad Pro as a truly professional-grade application destination.
Switch to Apple Silicon, and availability of the iPad app Apple system, Because the streamlined application for the touch screen was migrated to the Mac with minimal changes, causing criticism. This criticism is fair, but it must be remembered that the transition to Apple Silicon is not one-way, it also makes it easier for Mac applications to enter the iPad.
More powerful file system and “file” applications
“Files” app IOS iPadOS is a step in the right direction, but it is severely lacking compared to the Finder on the Mac.
On the one hand, it is an off-road vehicle. Sometimes seemingly basic operations (such as copying files from one location and pasting them into another folder) will completely crash the system, especially when managing a large number of files.
Viewing options, marking, and file sorting also lack features available on the Mac. Why can’t I access media files such as photos and music through the file system?
The documentation is a good start-when it was released with iPadOS 13 in 2019. Professional users need more functionality and reliability.
Extended keyboard and shortcut support
Power users on the Mac often rely on keyboard shortcuts to quickly access certain functions. However, everyone’s use cases are different, which is why macOS has provided powerful system-wide support for custom keyboard shortcuts for many years, configurable for specific applications or all applications.
iPadOS lags far behind macOS in this respect, which is logical for professional users. If these shortcuts can be extended beyond the native OS functions and allow third-party application functions, you can get extra points.
Maybe Apple can integrate this feature into its Shortcuts app, which already provides strong support for third-party apps. By adding the ability to create keyboard commands to call shortcuts, Apple can greatly expand the advanced user support in iPadOS.
Undoubtedly, this is because Apple has added support for widgets to the application next to the application icon. iPhone last year. The strange thing is that although the iPad Pro has more power and a larger display, it has not yet received this feature.
This may be more of the iPadOS upgrade than the iPad exclusive upgrade, but in any case, it is on our wish list.
Apple Watch integration
In addition to being able to unlock the Mac, Apple Watch The integration is mainly related to the iPhone. With all Apple hardware now running Apple Silicon and the same base code, it makes sense to start tearing down these walls and letting the Apple Watch interact with the iPad.
When your iPad Pro is within the effective range, it is great to be able to receive notifications from the iPad Pro on your watch. Users may set different notifications on their iPhone and iPad, but both notifications can be received when the iPad is within the effective range.
We also want to be able to set up, customize, and manage Apple Watch from the iPad, so introducing the “Apple Watch” application from the iPhone is another logical choice.
What do you want to see?
Obviously, we are only discussing the next development direction of the iPad. We haven’t even studied the long-term features of the Mac, such as multi-user support, and there are no rumors about adding Thunderbolt ports to iPad Pro models. We are curious about your idea that the iPad Pro will become a more professional computer alternative.Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @appleinsider.