Apple’s fastest growing new product ever was not the Mac. Not the iPhone or iPod. It was iPad. A few hundred million of ‘just a bigger iPhone‘ were sold in the first few years and I’ll bet most of them are still around. iPad is a tank.
Smartphones got bigger and the iPad’s life cycle lengthened to be more Mac-like. iPad sales faltered for a few years because Apple failed to extend the platform’s capabilities. New iPad Pro models are drop dead sexy cool, screaming fast, and mostly lust-worthy, but they still need to be more like a Mac.
Keyboard & Mouse
What is missing in iOS 12? Mouse pointer support. Apple embraced the keyboard for iPad and iOS. You can use any half-way decent $25 Bluetooth keyboard (or, even Apple’s own Magic Keyboard) and bang away as if the iPad staring you in the face was a true blue Mac.
It. Is. Not.
Grab a new iPad Pro and you’ll be experiencing power that exceeds 92-percent of all Windows PC and Chromebook notebooks on planet earth. Toss in Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for a few hundred dollars and you can type away, smugly confident that the iPad has become a personal computer.
It. Is. Not.
Why not? Apple, so far, has failed to bridge the divide between Mac and iPad in a vain desire to get us to buy everything on Apple’s non-iPhone platforms, Mac and iPad, even if there is some overlap and similar capabilities. Mac power users know where the power lives. In the keyboard. But the iPad’s keyboard experience is anemic at best, and limited to typing and a few keyboard shortcuts.
Most Mac users grab the combination experience that mixes the keyboard with trackpad or mouse. That same capability cannot be equalled on iPad Pro. The Mac’s onscreen pointer is controlled by the precision of the trackpad and the even more precise mouse. Sorry, folks. The combination of fingertip, hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder is no substitute for a mouse (or trackpad).
Using your finger to point to the iPad’s touchscreen is great in iPad’s handheld mode, but it sucks when trying to use a keyboard for Excel or Numbers or any iOS application which requires precision pointing. Finger pointing and touch does not precision make. Good gawd almighty. All that fingertip to arm to shoulder motion is ripe for rotator cuff tendinitis or tennis elbow. Or, both.
Apple can fix this.
Dear, Mr. Cook. Just make iOS on iPad work more like a Mac. Mouse support. Trackpad support. Keyboard shortcuts.
Then, when we sit down to do some real work on an iPad, we won’t be encumbered by the iPhone’s finger-stylus heritage. Come on, Apple. You’ve got a handheld device as powerful as a MacBook Pro and more powerful than most PC notebooks on the planet, so why handicap how it can be used?
iPad Pro needs to be more like a Mac.