That’s good. Unfortunately, it does not look as if the Mac will get a touchscreen to compete with Microsoft’s Surface line of PC notebooks any time soon, but with iPad OS 13, Apple has closed the gap between Mac Notebook and iPad tablet.
Keyboard Shortcuts, Oh My!
iPad has much of what comes in a traditional Mac notebook. Mobility, larger display, keyboard as accessory. flexible home screen design, an App Store, multitasking via gestures (trackpad on the Mac, of course), even split window capability, and now an option to have multiple app windows on iPad.
One can argue that iPadOS 13’s new Slide Over feature for multiple apps is better than anything on macOS. App Exposé on iPad, too. Widgets go on iPad’s home screen, and iPadOS 13 comes with even more document or webpage or email markup tools than the Mac. While using a trackpad or mouse might make cursor navigation, or text selection easier on macOS, it’s now a breeze on iPadOS.
The two most favored features missing on iPad that were kingpins of using a Mac have grown in stature and capability.
Keyboard Shortcuts – Oh, how I love thee. Power Mac users understand the value of using keyboard shortcuts, and macOS has had more than most of us can remember and use, but iPadOS 13 brings 30 new keyboard shortcuts to the iPad.
Files – Why it has taken Apple so long to bring the Finder to iOS is beyond my understanding of corporate intrigue and politics, but Files has more Mac-like, Finder-like features in iPadOS 13. Folders can be shared, Servers or PCs or even a Mac can show up in Files; just as they do in Finder on the Mac, and you can connect an external hard drive, an SD card reader, even a USB drive on iPad Pro.
Mouse Support – The jury is still out on mouse support for iPad in iPad OS 13, but it is listed as an option in the Accessibility mode, though there is no information about what type of mouse, connectivity, or much of anything else to make an informed decision, but if it’s there, I want it.
Mac Status – This is not much of a problem with Mac360 or any of the Villagers websites, but Safari for iPadOS 13 comes with desktop-class browsing. Instead of having to wade through a mobile version of a website on an iPad’s larger display, it will show what you want– the PC version of the website.
iPad will remain a touch-centric device, a tablet– but Apple has doubled-down on ever more Mac-like features and functions. That means many PC and Mac users will find iPad’s new capabilities more than enough to match standard usage. iPad Pro already is faster than more than 90-percent of standard Windows PCs and Chromebooks, but attach a decent Bluetooth keyboard to a bargain-priced entry-level iPad for $329 and all the capabilities most notebook users need are available in a more mobile tablet.
What’s the problem?
Most keyboards for iPad suck relative to those found on the MacBook line and traditional PC notebooks, but it does not take too much money to find one that does the deed and turns the iPad into a very PC-like experience. iPad Pro with iPadOS 13 is very much as good as many Windows PC notebooks and entry-level Macs– depending upon your requirements, of course.