It’s the time and the season for Apple to make some long overdue changes to iOS, specifically for iPad users. Why? Mac OS X advanced further than iOS in fewer years. iOS is being held back from Mac-like features and functions.
Got some examples, Natalia? More than a few but a few of the ones you will like. First on my list is multi-user support. The Mac has had it since the turn of the century. Why not on iPad?
Ahead of digging into the list, let me cover the multi-user issue. macOS can handle multiple users, each with their own username and password, and each with their own Home directory that does not interfere with other users on the same Mac.
That means Mac users get their own app settings and preferences, and their own storage. What’s not to like about that? The reality is that few Mac users take advantage of that long-standing feature to use a single Mac for multiple users.
iPads are different. There is one user. Period. Since iOS is based upon macOS, then it comes with the standard Unix capability for multiple user spaces (just like macOS). Why won’t Apple give multi-user capability to iOS?
Apple makes more money if you buy your iPad, buy an iPad for your spouse, and buy one for each of your children. That’s four iPad sales where one iPad with massive storage would do in many settings.
Wait. There’s more.
The Mac has a plethora of keyboard shortcuts; so many that we Mac users need a guide to find them all. Keyboard shortcuts are in, well, short supply on iOS, which can become Mac-like for content entry with an attached keyboard.
Where are all the keyboard shortcuts Apple? What’s wrong?
Apple wants customers buy both a Mac and an iPad and that explains why the entry-level iPad– starting at $329– will never equate to a Mac-like typing experience. The MacBoook Air starts at $1,199.
Big difference, huh?
iPads need support for a mouse and a trackpad in iOS 13.
The iOS Files app sucks relative to managing, organizing, and finding files on the Mac’s Finder. iOS on the iPad now does multiple apps on the same display, but does not allow a single application to display multiple windows (Ulysses, the great macOS and iOS writers app can do it). Only the new iPad Pro with a USB-C port instead of Lightning port handles easy support for external displays. Audio input and output? Don’t even mess with it on non-iPad Pro models.
There you go. iOS for iPad has issues and Apple hasn’t bothered to correct them. Why not?
In the eyes of Apple’s executives, the Mac is the truck and iPad is a car, and never the twain shall meet.