Last week, Apple Inc. unveiled its newest technological innovations. Among the revelations about the iPhone 6s and details about the new Apple TV, the firm revealed that it will be releasing a new iPad – dubbed the iPad Pro.
As the name “pro” seems to imply, the mobile device might be best suited to business use as opposed to gaming, watching Netflix, or Facetime chatter.
Bigger is Better
The first noticeable feature of the iPad Pro that lends itself well to the name is the size of the screen. It’s 12.9 inches of 5.6 million pixels that offer a very detailed display to the most exacting graphic artist. In spite of the richer resolution, the iPad Pro is just a bit thicker than the original iPad and weighs just as much.
Once again, Apple is giving its customers a better quality product without the typical annoyances associated with more powerful hardware. That’s the firm’s modus operandi, after all.
The iPad Pro will work together with iPad’s new Pencil, a $99 add-on that’s offers a great deal more than just a doodling tool. The new mobile device will measure force, rotation, and angle from the Pencil and respond with the appropriate output. In fact, the iPad Pro will actually increase the refresh rate of the screen so as to reduce latency and present a smooth, responsive performance.
The pencil is a fabulous addition for professionals who think and/or work visually. The tool facilitates on-the-fly creativity and modeling for professionals who prefer to carry their workstations with them.
The iPad Pro will ship with iOS 9. That’s a promising new operating system from Apple that offers some features that busy people will find especially appealing.
For starters, there’s the new Split View feature. That allows users to view two apps at one time – a handy feature for people who might prefer to check Evernote while working on something else.
In addition to the Pencil, the iPad Pro also supports a keyboard add-on. Professionals from any industry who are accustomed to typing at 60 words per minute (or more) can simply flip their iPads around into a tee-pee like stance with a protruding keyboard and use the device like any traditional laptop.
Still, Some Questions Linger for Apple
Even with the richer feature set offered by the iPad Pro, there are still some who doubt that it’s going to be a player for productivity. For example, the apps that are offered for the iPad Pro are less than spectacular as of now. The firm’s suite of iWorks apps are good, but they don’t hold a candle to their bigger brothers on more industrial strength platforms. Even though iMovie is available on the iPad Pro, it doesn’t compare favorably with other professional video editing tools.
However, the firm is taking steps in the right direction, even if they’re baby steps. Apple continues to edge closer to transforming the mobile space into a truly portable office.