There are rumors that the new iPad Pro is just around the corner, which means that Apple will shine the iPad as a production efficiency and content creation device.
However, although we found in the iPadOS reviews that Apple has made amazing changes to make the OS truly work-friendly, there are still some minor troubles or “no, you can” can’t do this” The restrictions undermine Apple’s intentions.
For this reason, there are some important warnings that can prevent the upcoming market promotion, especially because Apple may not announce a major iPadOS software update along with new hardware in March. Important new operating system changes may not be discussed until the company developer conference in June, and these updates may not be made public until September or October.
Most of these are minor issues, but they add up. Until all these problems are solved, the iPad is not a real laptop replacement for everyone.
Webcam and multitasking
In the current computing use case, it does not take long to notice this situation: when you swipe from any application that is using it (including Zoom), the front camera on the iPad turns off. The reviewers repeatedly asked when reviewing the latest iPads, including us. But later there were 12 iPadOS updates, which is still a problem.
Of course, when you switch spaces, some apps will display your camera view in a small picture-in-picture window above other apps. However, you don’t always want to see this-screen space is very important on the iPad-not every app can do this.
Where third-party apps don’t support picture-in-picture views, Apple needs to find a way to motivate them. But even better: Allow users to enable background video capture by app in “Settings”.
These days, many people spend a lot of time on video calls for obvious reasons. If Apple’s flagship, mainstream, and dedicated computing products can really do this, it would be great.
Sound source management
Obviously, the iPad does support background audio. Applications such as Apple Music or Spotify can play in the background, and some (but not all) video applications can also play in the background. The problem is that the currently active application can easily be muted in the background, because two audio sources usually cannot be played at the same time.
So, for example, if you watch a Twitch stream in the background, but an autoplay video with audio appears on the webpage, the Twitch stream will stop. You must stop the video on the network and then return to the Twitch app to restart it. Sometimes, even if a website or app does not seem to be making any sound at the moment, they will still take over your audio.
At the very least, the iPad should not stop the first audio source when this happens, or at least continue to play content that is playing in the background after the new audio source is started. But the ideal situation is to use the panel to manage multiple audio sources (including their levels) at the same time.
When Apple first announced that the iPad Pro would be able to be used with an external display via USB-C as part of the Pro’s overall marketing plan as a durable productivity and content creation device, many users expected something completely different from their products.
Yes, you can connect iPad Pro to an external USB-C monitor. But usually, all it does is mirror the iPad’s display. It will not give you more space for the application, or even adopt the aspect ratio of the screen to which the image is sent.
Only a handful of iPad applications (such as iMovie) can make a difference in the way you use an external display. But this is not the case in most cases, which makes external display support basically useless on Apple tablets.
Limitations of the USB-C port
The recent iPad switch from Lightning to USB-C is welcome, even if it means that some people have to buy some new cables. Compared with Lightning, the ecosystem of USB-C accessories (such as external storage devices, monitors, music production tools, etc.) is very powerful.
Therefore, we will not hit USB-C here. How many USB-C ports are we going to knock? There is only one iPad Pro, and it often appears, it cannot be used with the external USB-C hub you usually use on your Mac. Users complain about constant disconnection and inconsistent behavior. Some hubs cannot work at all.
If Apple cannot rely on other companies such as CalDigit to do a good job, and if it really has to insist on not adding at least one port, then it needs to release its own USB-C docking station to ensure compatibility with USB. iPad.
Apple’s removal of the headphone jack from the recent iPad certainly didn’t help. Some ads around the iPad Pro revolve around music production, but if you can’t easily connect instruments and headphones at the same time, you’re lucky to make music.
You will need a dongle, which is expensive and troublesome, and many of them will not work properly.
Professional version application support
Of course, a computer can only run the applications it can run. Although the iPad has many excellent applications for content consumption, productivity and creativity, there is still a huge gap between iPadOS and macOS or Windows for users of popular applications in certain professional environments.
And not just from third parties. Apple’s own Final Cut, Logic, and Xcode are not available on the iPad. Similarly, other companies do not have many good options. Yes, Adobe has been making quite powerful versions of Photoshop and Illustrator for the iPad, but for example, we have not heard about Premiere.
Nor are there many widely used professional applications offered by other companies. No Maya, no Blender, no Unity, no Visual Studio. There is an AutoCAD application, but it has the least features compared to the desktop version.
If Apple is to continue to refer to the iPad as a device for professional content creators, it needs to persuade these third parties to release more powerful iPad apps. At least as important, it needs to adapt its own software for the device.
How likely are we to see these changes?
Over the years, Apple has moved away from concepts such as more ports and large feature sets, especially on mobile devices such as the iPad. Therefore, in the past, we would not expect most of these things to happen.
However, after reliable reports that the new MacBook Pro notebooks will include an SD card or HDMI port later this year, the world of Apple devices seems to be significantly different. Apple seems to be changing its course to better attract high-end users and certain professional use case customers. Well, at least as far as the Mac is concerned.
the company Already At least in terms of software, the iPad is also aggressively making progress on the iPad in other ways-perhaps not as fast as everyone hopes. In our opinion, multitasking problems (such as problems with webcams and audio sources) may be solved in the future. At this point, never say never say never to the iPad version of Logic or Final Cut.
However, our idea of the multi-port iPad Pro is not so optimistic, and Apple can only take many measures to attract third parties to develop more powerful applications for the platform.
Apple is expected to announce the launch of the new iPad Pro before the end of March, so we will hint at the upcoming new products.
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