Color me an anemic and pathetic Apple fanboy with a credit card balance that just went through the roof. Yes, I bought a new iPad Pro, added the Smart Keyboard Folio, and Pencil #2. I love it. And I hate it.
iPad Pro might be the perfect size for a computer. It is smaller and lighter than a MacBook Air, even with keyboard and Pencil. It is also faster and more capable, pound for pound, and dollar for dollar than a tricked out 13-inch MacBook Pro. No Microsoft Surface Pro or Windows 10 notebook– for the same money– has the same capability as an iPad Pro, the personal computer of tomorrow that you can buy today.
iPad Pro is flawed.
What’s the problem? The display? No. Speed? Laughably fast. Size? Perfect form factor. Number of applications available? Puhleeze. iOS has more apps for iPad than Windows or Mac combined.
What’s the problem?
iOS 12 is the Achille’s Heel for iPad and it all starts with the keyboard vs. touchscreen. The PC world has touchscreen notebook tablet hybrid devices that run the full gamut of Windows 10 and apps. Yes, a Surface-whatever sucks as a tablet, but it can be used as a tablet, even if it’s clumsy and limited. It can also be used as a full-fledged Windows PC with Photoshop or whatever you want to turn it into a powerhouse computer with a touchscreen option.
Power is in the keyboard, not in the fingertip, hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder. Yet all those moving body parts are a requirement to use an iPad when it is in keyboard mode.
That’s wrong. That’s a flaw. Apple must fix it.
Over the past three days of iPad Pro ownership I’ve picked up on every keyboard shortcut known to iOS. There are many. Most of them are Mac keyboard shortcuts, too, so some familiarity is built-in. iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard Folio isn’t the best keyboard you’ll ever use but it has a good feel for someone who bangs hard on the keys. No real complaints.
What iOS 12 lacks is the option to abandon the iPad’s touchscreen in favor of keyboard solitude. One can use a Mac in power user mode without a trackpad or mouse. Ditto for a Windows 10 PC. The keyboard is the center of power. Trackpad or mouse point and click is the center of onscreen precision. iPad Pro and iOS 12 have neither such power or such precision.
That’s wrong. That’s a flaw. Apple must fix it. Soon.
To use an iPad Pro as it was originally intended– a tablet— is pure joy. Perfect size and performance. As usual, Apple gets the hardware right. Again. To use iPad Pro as a computer from the past– not necessarily as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wanted– is frustration, not joy.
In keyboard mode, iPad Pro’s screen navigation is neither intuitive nor efficient. The fingers need to leave the keyboard too often and for trivial tasks to push a button or select a tool. And it isn’t just the fingers. The hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder go along for the ride.
Simple put, iOS 12 is iPad Pro’s biggest flaw. Apple can fix that with iOS 13.