Don’t get me wrong, the iPad Pro is the greatest piece of hardware ever by Apple, checking all the boxes, delivering all the goods. But you ask me, it was held back by the software, the typical iOS running on the iPhones. Exceptional hardware, crappy software, not the perfect match. Upon that, Apple adding different gestures for both the iPhone and the iPad kind of moved the company in two different directions in terms of a common software, the iOS.
iPad OS now contains a new home screen with widgets expanding alongside the app icons. The widgets being the same as in the Notification Center. With iPad OS, the company is also including more multitasking gestures to slide between multiple apps and drag and drop apps side by side. By using iOS on the iPads, Apple never really utilized the big screen of the iPad when it came to UI, with abnormally large spaces between two different icons, and inability to adjust them always made the iOS somewhat limit the full potential of what is a hardware marvel.
An ever improving Files app also gets some treatment, with the addition of the column view and information panes allowing users to make small modifications in files is nifty. Oh, and guess what, you can plug in an external USB drives now, or a SD Card and it just pops up in the Files app. The Safari gets an upgrade too, with the addition of a real download manager and desktop class browsing. Adding multiple copy and paste gestures, customizable fonts, text size controls, you can even connect your camera and import photos directly to Lightroom for photo editing, and over 30 new keyboard shortcuts (recommend getting the nifty Smart Keyboard for this), with each of them focused on providing the best PC experience you can have, after all, replacing your laptop is what iPad aims for.
The iPad pro was a great example of exemplary hardware being held back by poor implementation of a software, it was before, now the iPad OS changes the script. WWDC is an event where Apple has the tendency to focus completely over software, and boy they don’t disappoint. You can run the developer beta for the iPad OS, provided you have a developer account or could just wait for the public beta launching later in July. Now is the time to grab an iPad.