Now can we replace our MacBooks with this iPad Pro? Wednesday’s online announcement of the feature-packed upgrade makes a strong case.
But it’s a forthcoming iPadOS update, which improves performance of iWork apps, that may convince some to toss aside their laptops.
In debuting the beefed-up iPad Pro and new Magic Keyboard, Apple said it will bring trackpad support to the iPad for the first time in iPadOS 13.4. This means iWork apps Pages, Keynote and Numbers will work with a trackpad or mouse.
Adding trackpad support will provide “a more natural typing experience and added precision for tasks such as writing and editing, selecting text and working with spreadsheets,” Apple said.
New Magic Keyboard adds trackpad support to iPad
For this, iPad Pro users will want the Magic Keyboard. This iPad accessory costs $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro or $349 for the 12.9-inch model. The Magic Keyboard provides a multitouch trackpad that works with an improved cursor that highlights UI elements like text fields for easier selection.
The updates to the iWork suite “take full advantage of the trackpad and open up a whole new way to work with documents on the iPad,” Apple said.
The update promises to make writing and editing text “a breeze” and simplify working with multiple objects in Keynote. Pages and Keynote will get new templates. For the first time, iWork users can add a drop cap on the first letter of a paragraph.
iPadOS 13.4 also will add support for iCloud folder sharing, plus the option to edit shared documents offline. The new iPad Pro will launch March 24. Apple also will make iPadOS 13.4 available as a free update.