Why the iPad Pro is Apple’s vision for the future of personal computing

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This is a guest post by Fraser Speirs, a teacher, systems administrator and consultant specializing in the application of modern mobile technology in schools. It originally appeared on his personal website.

“The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.” — Tim Cook

The above statement by Apple’s CEO is — by far — the most important thing that happened for iPad at Apple’s event last Wednesday. We have been through more than three years of the iPad playing a distant second to the iPhone and, to some extent, even the Mac at Apple events. It’s been three long years of “Here’s the new thinner, faster iPad. We can’t wait to see what you do with it. Bye!”

On Wednesday, Tim Cook came out and put the iPad front and center. It led and, arguably, dominated the substantive announcements at the event. He called it the future of personal computing and that means more than any specifics of any current version of the iPad.

Still, the iPad Pro opens a new chapter in the life of the iPad. It’s bigger, faster, more capable and, yes, more expensive. Where does iPad Pro fit in?

I’ll repeat my standard line here about iPad hardware: iPad hardware is only interesting insofar as it enables a great experience of iPad software.

More than almost any other device, the iPad becomes the software it runs. The watch is always a watch. The phone is always pocket-sized (sort of). The iPad uniquely morphs between being a sheet music stand, an artist’s easel, a book, a game, a cinema screen, a cash register, a typewriter, a notepad, a map, a project plan and a video editing suite all with a quick launch of an app. That’s what makes it a special device. It’s not just a “tablet computer”.

iOS 9 holds the key

Since starting to test the iOS 9 betas, the iPad Pro has been the most obvious next product in Apple’s history. The keynote majored heavily on the iPad Pro’s suitability for iOS 9’s split-screen multitasking feature. I’ve been using this on my iPad Air 2 and, while very usable, is clearly limited due to screen space.

When you use two apps in 50-50 split screen on an Air 2, each app is commanded to present its iPhone-class interface. Admittedly they’re bigger than an iPhone, but iOS describes the device’s capabilites in terms of “size classes” and apps conform their UI to that instruction.

The result is that using two apps at 50-50 split on the Air 2, you’re using two really big iPhone apps. Safari shows its toolbar top and bottom, for example. On the iPad Pro, you’re using two iPad-class apps side by side and that will make a substantial difference to the ease of navigation and use.

Personally, I feel that my use of iOS has become a little stuck in the past. Not the very far past, but the well documented reliability problems with iOS 7 and 8 have somewhat put me off trying to develop new workflows in iOS.

iOS 8, however, delivered some incredibly important new APIs that have taken time to mature. Document Provider extensions brought the ability to reach into various cloud storage silos from within an app and pull out a file for use.

For example, a colleague asked me how to insert a video he had stored in his Google Drive account into a Keynote slide on his iPad. I started delivering the standard iOS explanation: download it to Photos, then pick it from your Camera Roll inside Keynote. That was iOS 7 thinking. The way you do that in iOS 8 is: Tap the + button in Keynote, tap “Insert From…”, pick Google Drive as the location and then pick the file. You don’t have to leave Keynote and you don’t have to clutter your Photos app or eat up double the device storage.

These APIs, along with the general action extensions and photo editing extensions, have matured quietly but steadily over the life of iOS 8. There are now many extremely smooth workflows available in iOS that I confess I don’t readily think of when faced with a computing task to complete.

I think these workflows, plus split-screen multitasking and keyboard support, are going to be the key features that make the iPad Pro fly.

The Microsoft Angle

For five years now, the iPad has been the only computer I’ve actually wanted to use. I’ve certainly used Macs and Chromebooks in the meantime but the iPad has always been the one I actively loved. Over the past few years, I’ve been looking for some leadership from Apple that said “iPad is the future” in the way that Steve Jobs clearly thought it was.

In the intervening time, I’ve often said that I basically want “a Microsoft Surface just not made by Microsoft or running any Microsoft software”.

What I wanted was Apple to adopt something like the Surface strategy. In saying that, I don’t mean I want Apple to take Mac OS X and jam it into a tablet. What I want is for Apple to make an iPad that can be my only computer.

A few commentators have been complaining that the iPad Pro with its fabric-covered keyboard case is just the Apple Surface. If so, great! Kind of amusing, though, that the best Office-for-touch experience will probably be Office for iOS running on an iPad.

The thousand dollar question

The elephant in the room with iPad Pro, however, is the price. This isn’t a cheap iPad. Starting at $799 and running up to $1049, this is starting to edge overlap with low-end MacBook Air models. Let’s ignore the $799 32GB WiFi model for now. The true iPad Pro is the 128GB model which is $949 in WiFi and $1049 in LTE configurations.

The portable Macs that play around the iPad Pro price point are:

11″ MacBook Air (1.6GHz/4GB/128GB) – $899
11″ MacBook Air (1.6GHz/4GB/256GB) – $1,099
13″ MacBook Air (1.6GHz/4GB/128GB) – $999
The 13″ Retina MacBook Pro and the 12″ MacBook both start at $1,299.

Apple didn’t quite come out and say that the iPad Pro can replace your laptop. Microsoft, by comparison, certainly has used that line for the Surface (because it basically is a laptop). I think Apple knows that iOS is not quite there yet, even with iOS 9.

It seems to me that for most regular people the iPad Pro and a Mac laptop will be either-or purchases. Does iOS offer enough to let people make that move?

I think that the answer is yes – for some people. People whose workflows are not particularly complex or whose software needs are already met by a handful of iOS apps will find that they might not need much more.

My true litmus test for going iOS-only, however, is the extent to which the user has completely embraced cloud storage for files. If your entire life is in Dropbox, Box or Google Drive, you are in a much better place with iOS than if you have a big cache of local files on a laptop somewhere.

Who is the iPad Pro for?

Many people my age (I’m 37) and older scoff at the idea of an iPad replacing a laptop. They’re the same people who scoffed at virtual keyboards competing with physical keyboards and smartphone cameras competing with DSLRs.

The iPad Pro will immediately suit people who need its unique physical characteristics: large screen for sharing content with others side-by-side. Artists looking for a better pen experience will be attracted to it right away. Is the iPad Pro the iPad that schools will roll out 1:1 all over the world? Absolutely not. Would it make a great single machine for the average teacher? It could, if the surrounding network and cloud infrastructure is in place (which it rarely is, sadly).

I see the iPad Pro not so much as a laptop replacement for anyone who has invested 20+ years in being a laptop user. No, the iPad Pro is the “laptop” for people who, today, are 12-16 years old who will graduate from High School in the next few years and look for the next-level iOS device to take them to college and beyond into a career.

The iPad Pro isn’t so much about the iPad Pro today as it is about what it and iOS will become by 2020: Apple’s vision for the future of personal computing.

Fraser+Speirs-Noir-1000pxFraser Speirs is a teacher, systems administrator and consultant specializing in the application of modern mobile technology in schools. If your school, college or business could benefit from his expertise, get in touch at fraserspeirs.com

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  • Bob Patterson, AIFA®

    Great post. Given the recent linkup with IBM, how does the iPad Pro fit with that strategy?

    • Amy Poeler

      It has no relationship at all with the recent link up with IBM. You are over thinking things. English major?

      • Bob Patterson, AIFA®

        Ha ha! Hi Amy …you are close…a History Major. I have been following the integration of iOS devices in the corporate arena and the “complaints” I have heard centerd around the need for more power/memory to run enterprise software (especially in the engineering realm). I would have thought that MB Air would have been suitable but it sounds like there is a preference for using on-screen keyboards in the field rather than having to find a place to open up the MB Air.

  • tjwolf

    Great article. My daughter is going off to college next year – she has had an MBA throughout her high school years and although it’s still going strong, we told her she could have a new computer for college. I will offer her the iPad Pro as an alternative – but I doubt she’ll go for it. It’s not that she would mind (provided she also gets a real keyboard), but most science and tech classes will require the use of – and more importantly, output from – software that doesn’t exist on tablets yet (e.g. CAD and statistical analysis s/w). She’d be at a disadvantage in those classes. The use of a tablet as a general computer (rather than a cool textbook) is still a few years away, me thinks.

    • Amy Poeler

      It’s not only science classes that use special software. Even arcane subjects like linguistics and philosophy use special software. Some departments try to be cross-platform and use apps written in Java, but of course Java doesn’t work on iOS.

      • tjwolf

        Thanks for expanding my horizons :-) I’m from an engineering/science background and my daughter is at a math/science high school – I naively thought the humanities just required MS Office :-)

      • Amy Poeler

        Linguistics uses software to map and model speech.
        Philosophy uses software for logic evaluation.

      • Steve Chavez

        And that’s a real shame as Java isn’t the greatest way to go these days…

      • Pete Miller

        Hasn’t Java been a security nightmare? Which is why you no longer see it on Macs?

      • Steve Chavez

        Yeah. It’s like Flash Jr. It’s too bad as the idea of write once run anywhere isn’t a terrible thing for certain types of software…

      • A-thought

        These two posts above effectively destroyed the article. Clearly the Pro is not “a surface” by apple so desired by the author. Not when you get past marketing hype and actually lift the hood anyway.

    • Pete Miller

      The New MacBook would be the best choice for portability for most college students.

  • BalaclavaBivvyGuy

    Does this mean Apple intend to withdraw even further from the pro market? As fond as I am of the touch operated way of operating for casual tasks, I’m still much more comfortable with a good Pro workstation, a keyboard, a mouse and a good large monitor.

    Lets hope apple see a future for the Mac Pro and not just the iPad Pro.

    • CelestialTerrestrial

      It’s for those that want to add a tablet to do more enhanced computer apps that are approaching a workstation, but still more limited. I can see someone like an architect having both an iPad Pro and a Workstation and use the iPad Pro when they go on location to a construction site and they can annotate and make quick changes and then sent the new file to the cloud and get back to the office and the file is updated on their main workstation. That’s a scenario that I see. I also see it for the education market as kids can’t just fork out tons of money on a high end workstation, but they can still learn how to use the same apps with similar functionality. I can see a whole slew of new apps to take advantage of the IPad Pro.

      Look at Auria by WaveMachine Labs. They have a full function DAW on an iPad and it will DEFINITELY take advantage of the larger screen, more RAM and faster processor. The s/w can rival top end audio recording DAWs for a fraction of the cost, so either a band/musician starting how can have that kind of functionality that’s more affordable or being able to take a file created in a high end studio and taking the file with you and having a tablet to do edits, mixes is REALLY cool. Same thing with Video editing, same thing with other apps that require more processing power, bigger screen, RAM, etc. Not to mention the gamers that want a cool tablet that’s also good enough to watch a movie without squinting.

    • Steve Chavez

      On that note I’d like to know when the hell the next iteration of the Mac Pro will be released. That machine is getting pretty old and Apple could really make something fantastic in that form factor with the progress in tech. I really need to see that machine brought up to date. It seems to me that they treat their headless systems poorly over time. The Mac Mini and Mac Pro hardly ever see updates. The Apple Branded Monitors are sadly neglected to a point where even their connectivity is outdated. They should work with a third party to release Apple Branded monitors. I’m sure someone else would give more of a crap than what Apple is doing in that area right now. Apple’s main focus is all in one. Fine. They need to do something in this area as what they are doing now is crap. Just sayin…

      • BalaclavaBivvyGuy

        The most likely time for this is when the skylake Xeons come out.
        USB-C and NVME flash and a GPU bump within the same form factor most likely.
        I’ve had a Late 2013 mac pro since last Christmas, it has been an excellent machine. The 64 gig of ram is almost never stressed, even with heavy VM use.

        Is it value today at £2000 though? Probably not.

    • Ben

      No – what’s going to happen is that Ipad will become the screen of your iMac, so that at home you have all you need. Apple has copyrighted this idea about 10 years ago.

  • drogah

    While I appreciate the perspective here, the key for me is content creation and ease of use in terms of my workflow. I have completely avoided the touch-screen phenomenon on my production machines because for me, a keyboard/trackpad combo will always be more efficient than raising my fingers from the keyboard to fiddle with a screen.

    Like the Surface attempts, the iPad Pro is Apple’s way of saying content creation is possible with a tablet. And while that may be for certain things (digital artistry, for example), I don’t think the user experience will be so significantly different from the iPad that people will actually ditch their laptops for them.

  • AllanC

    I welcome a larger tablet, and I think it could replace my MacBook Air, but the Smart Keyboard looks like a kludgy compromise design. And the pencil at least needs a clip or something to keep it from rolling away all the time. Almost there, but not quite.

    • tjwolf

      Three words: third party keyboards. Logitech has already announced one – and it’s just a matter of time before someone has the “bright” idea of combining a case with a keyboard and a pencil holder.

    • Pete Miller

      Wrap the pencil a few times with a rubber band. :)

  • CelestialTerrestrial

    I think a lot of people are still holding on to the past computing model where you had a full blown OS, now things are going to Cloud services where it doesn’t matter what device you’re on, once you create a new document or alter an existing document, it automatically sends it to the cloud and updates the rest of the devices that use the same app. And you manage the files specific to the app while your in the app. I know some people have a difficult time with this, but that’s how I see the iOS platform. It just leverages these cloud services to the point where you don’t really need a file manager and I think it’s just dealing with this paradigm shift from the user standpoint and from Apple’s standpoint. l The only problem is with music files primarily, since we want to collect music from a variety of different sources. Obviously, the streaming model removes that since you are just paying for typically one service and you turn it on whenever you are using a specific device.

    • Govis

      Apple’s cloud offerings are truly poor, so they better get cracking if that’s where they think computing is going.

  • blue

    I have a graphics workstation with twin 24inch hi res screens where I do my serious work and used a laptop for travelling and daily email, browsing and reading and for running powerpoints through a lcd projector. Since getting an ipad 4 years ago my laptop has stayed in its case as the ipad has fulfilled all of my travelling needs. The ipad pro will be an amazing upgrade for my out of office use. I see no need for a cumbersome laptop where I have to wait for a slow boot and use a keyboard for everything. The ipad is perfect for a quick reply to emails and for browsing the net ect as well as running powerpoints ect.

    Should have happened years ago.

    • G Annett

      How so? It is still iOS and only runs apps, nowhere near photoshop for the desktop. It’s a bigger ipad with a stylus. You can sketch with it and do some office stuff. Saying this can replace pro applications on a wacom is nonsense. It’s still an ipad, albeit an incredibly expensive one. Adding a stylus and a poorly designed keyboard and calling it ‘pro’ is misleading. This is no more pro than previous ipads.

      If you like the ipad, cool, kidding yourself that this is really anything other than a bigger version…

      • blue

        You are wrong about its usefulness. I don’t need it to run pro applications, only to run and show the results. I would not even try to create serious graphic or other output on it. It should be able to replace a Wacom cintiq as an input device into a graphics station with the right software as the screen with the “pencil” should have sufficient resolution to do so at significantly lower cost. It is an ideal platform to show clients graphic output and also to run powerpoints, spreadsheets or other output via a lcd projector, it can also be remotely run from an iphone which allows one to walk around an auditorium whilst controlling a presentation. It is also an ideal platform to brows news and keep up to date and also to receive and respond to emails whilst away from home base. Also to carry numerous books, music, videos and magazines to read, listen or view whilst traveling around the globe. If you don’t see this potential you are seriously missing an opportunity to be more productive. That is nonsense.

    • Thomas Becker

      you should check out Astropad Graphics Tablet app, clearly not a full Wacom replacement but still pretty cool and I think it will be pretty nice with the Pencil on the iPad Pro

      • blue

        Thanks, i will.

    • tjwolf

      Since you’re such a power user, surely you’ve heard of the “sleep” function on laptops? Many people use it effectively to avoid the slow boot time you complain about (my MBP hasn’t required a boot in 5 years, except with the yearly upgrade or when I go on vacation and turn it off). Another option is an SSD.

      • ChrisC

        What a load, OS X still requires rebooting and I’m an all Apple guy.

      • tjwolf

        No it doesn’t (at least not beyond what I specified) – at least not for me nor several of my colleagues. Granted, I run mostly software development apps, but that doesn’t make what I say “a load”.

      • ChrisC

        I get the sleep is good, I use it all the time, but you said that you go at least a year without a reboot. Your Mac would be running like a pig after 3 months. It’s a well known fact that all OS’s run much better with a clean shutdown. Ive supported OSX in a 1:1 school environment, I’m sure they wouldn’t be utilising their mac like a software developer and they still needed weekly reboots.

      • tjwolf

        Whatever you say. You apparently know better about my habits and my computer’s performance than I do.

        Not to burst your bubble or anything, but there a lots of computers that don’t need rebooting on a regular basis – many run a version of UNIX, which is what Mac OSX is based on. Perhaps your *all OS* refers to that crappy excuse of an operating system called Windows.

        In any event – I stand by what I said (which, by the way, wasn’t “at least a year”).

      • David Anderson

        You said your MBP hasn’t required a boot in 5 years, so you are still running what, Snow Leopard??

      • tjwolf

        Which part of “…except with the yearly upgrade or when I go on vacation and turn it off…” did you have trouble with?

  • survivalist9

    What keeps the iPad Pro from being Pro is lack of USB-C.

    • Tallest Skil

      Said every wrong person about every previous Apple product.

    • ChrisC

      It’s never going to have external storage support, stop flogging a dead horse. You don’t need it anyway with iCloud, Dropbox etc.

      • survivalist9

        LOL. You need to read more about the world around you.

        First…storage? Who said anything about storage? Is that the only thing you can do with a USB-C? Seems to me there are thousands of devices that support the USB interface.

        But even if we are talking only about storage…I hate to tell you this, but 4G coverage is not universal and even if it is, data plans are not free. Some of us do not sit in our parent’s basements all day long but are on planes, trains, airports, hotels with poor wifi, etc.

        Packing up one’s iPad and transferring stuff onto it is a tedious pre-travel chore.

        Other major tablets (Android) support micro-SD, so it’s not like this is some bizarre idea.

      • ChrisC

        It’s pretty clear you don’t understand the local storage that Dropbox and iCloud provide, this means it’s already on your device.

        Firstly, Why do you need to load your iPad if you have these two features?

        Secondly you don’t need 4G to access your offline files.

        Thirdly if you do want to copy files to the iPad, nearly all apps support copying files from within iTunes, so simply copying to the device is just as easy as USB or if you have a Mac you can use airdrop.

        BTW, The company that I work for pay for 10GB plans so we have access to our data whenever we need it.

        Perhaps you need to have a look at the world around you, clearly you don’t know how to use an iPad.

        Maybe you should stick with Android.

  • Govis

    “They’re the same people who scoffed at virtual keyboards competing with physical keyboards and smartphone cameras competing with DSLRs.”

    They don’t.

  • HowmaNoid

    I believe 5 years from now this is the device that will be credited with really accelerating the migration from traditional to fully mobile computing. It’s got the power of a desktop right in your hand.

  • Stetch

    I believe this to be a step closer to an OS X Tablet with the screen functions from iPad Pro. This is Apples way to test that possible future.

  • robogobo

    I’ve been looking forward to this development since the iPad was first introduced. It was obvious to me back then, but I thought it would move along much faster. Apple has been neglecting the iPad (particularly the software) for years, to the point where I used mine less and less and stopped hoping for the iPad-only workflow. At the same time, coincidentally the time has come for me to replace my iPhone, iPad (and/or laptop) and desktop all at once. I’m so undecided that I’ve been putting it off for months. Do I go with a larger iPhone and forego the iPad, opting for a better laptop and no desktop? Very hard decision to make. The iPad’s neglect has put me in a tough spot. And seeing as how the iPad Pro can’t quite replace a desktop yet, I don’t think it’s the solution for my upper or even mid level device. Too expensive for an iPad, to crippled for a work machine.

    • David Anderson

      I think the support to make it be a viable replacement will come very quickly. iOS9 and a slew of new apps should fill that gap pretty quickly.

  • Severin Winzenburg

    To me an interesting “Pro” approach would be not trying to replace a workstation or laptop but to complement it. For example, you set up a project in Final Cut Pro X on your mac and it automatically syncs an offline version of the project to the iPad, on which you can work on the go and/or in new and different ways. This could possible with all kinds of different apps. Since the iPad has no file system or external storage possibilities, this complementary sync strategy would be great. You manage on your big system but work (additionally) on the iPad.

    Another great option would be to use the iPad as an extended control surface with your big system. Use it as an input control with flexible buttons and sliders, or as a Wacom replacement with the pencil input. There are really so many possibilities, I just hope they get them together.

    But I’m totally against iOS and OS X becoming the same thing, even though that is a very possible future. Imagine no file system, no terminal, no “going under the hood”. Yes, many (perhaps most) users wouldn’t mind and feel comfortable but it would sure contribute to the dumbing down of computer culture. Apple might not need the pro users (in terms of direct revenue), who would probably jump ship to linux lands, but they should realise that these users are much more important to the brand than what the mere numbers reveal. They are an integral part of what makes apple cutting edge.

    “The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.” – Tim Cook

    I hope this vision leaves an open space for the real pros who love mac for the amazing operating system that it is.

  • hkgsulphate

    it just won’t work with iOS…..

  • Steve Chavez

    I was so glad that Tim said what he said about the iPad. I’ve been screaming at Apple for quite some time now about the iPad and how it should be the device that makes me want to throw my Mac in the trash. It makes no sense if it’s just a device that you think of as something that’s not a full computer. It should be the device that you want to have with you instead of your computer. When I’m carrying around a MacBook Pro I should feel like something is missing because I’ve had iPad and I want her now. There needs to be a feeling of need when thinking about this device. They’ve been doing a great job of continually increasing performance. Now I see them putting this device in a position where it can outshine the iPhone in many ways and move forward into our daily lives even more than it is. I like the price, but will need to wait as I have some major purchases coming up and I don’t want my wife to murder me. :)

  • Robert0

    Well, many good points here, and some equally good ones ignored or glossed over. No, an onscreen keyboard does not replace a physical one for people used to typing, as witness the vast and still-flowing proliferation of bluetooth and other keyboards. Apple herself seems to be acknowledging this with yet another proprietary connector for its new keyboard case. And while it’s certainly true that the vast bulk of photos these days are taken with smartphones, that hardly makes a case for them replacing DSLRs. Anyone who has shot with a good DSLR knows it’s not just about the pixel count, but about image quality. In that realm, a real camera, even a decent point-and-shoot, blows phone cams out of the water.

    As to the Surface, I think it’s pretty clear that Apple has emulated that device in every way but a complete OS, which is vital. Microsoft tried Windows 8RT, and it bombed. iOS is still a hobbled environment without so much as a decent file storage method. I admit that would be harkening back to traditional laptops and computing environments, but it’s still a hassle without them. Perhaps your target audience in the last graph will be so cloud-comfy they won’t miss it at all, but for those of us who have invested decades in learning how to manage files, it’s a back-of-the-hand slap in the face. iOS needs to mature into a full-blooded operating system before the iPad will deserve the status you’ve tried to confer. Apple could also learn a thing or two about price; Surface nickels and dimes you for necessities and Apple has gone that route. In either case, for $800 or $1000, asking me to first buy a keyboard is like selling me a car and charing extra for the steering. It isn’t only the OS that needs to grow up.

    • David Anderson

      All you need is NAS and you have all the traditional storage you want for the iPad Peo.

  • Steve Cropper

    Still not a development machine. XCode still needs the MacBook. Once Xcode is on iOS then life changes dramatically!

  • Pete Miller

    “The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.” — Tim Cook

    And yet they decided, for the first time, to not update an iPad model (the Air) at all, and in fact its best selling size. Way to go Tim. That’ll get those sales going again.

  • nobodyblog

    Apple is too optimistic about tech replacement. A tablet is not a real computer device. I really hope sales of ipad pro goes so high. Anyways, I myself don’t like that device at all. I like a 2 in 1 powered by a full OS, and NUC, and that’s more important, that Intel cluster core CPUs and iGPUs to save Desktop, then, I buy Desktop, if have $….. :)

    Apple is really stopped in providing new technology, they are going behind some steps. REMEMBER they are putting aside real OS and make a light OS the heavy.. It is simple, pro software need pro OSes. And hardware in non-mobile arena can do the job almost perfectly. But Apple is always too much in mobile these days if not all. Its management is heavy mobile lovers who don’t have respect for elder Techs….. Something these techs can do the newer toyish ones Can’t. That’s all here. A problem, I see it a big problem, but they not, maybe our vision differs after all.
    Type is one of the things a computer can do. And it is the only problem with touch. The strong hardware, the right click of mouse, an operating environment with rich API, and most important thing, Software-defined-everything is dead…
    I am a developer and can show you how a programmer can do something in a PC can’t do in an ipad PRO. Going above basic. Functionality of fixed display points, there are thousands of controls you can’t use in ipad pro. You can suppose a mouse can be simulated by hand, but right click not. So Pop-up Menu just no longer exists. You can no longer have something like babylon dic which works in different layers of screen. You can’t expect multi-tasking at the good place. And the User Interfaces I have seen aren’t using the fingers the good way yet. Immature maybe a good name to call them. Maybe multi tasking is the big problem here.

    Thanks!

  • Kitaz

    I also desperately want Apple to make an iPad that can be my only computer. After each iOS upgrade my computers become more and more user unfriendly to the point that I can’t stand them any more. It seems that any time I spend on my iMac or MacBook Pro is just fussing around trying to organize the messed up files. These days I spend most of my time on my iPad, and let the computers gather dust until something better comes along. My fierce loyalty to Apple has waned.