So, where are Apple’s iPad Pro apps for pros?

“Apple just announced that iPad Pro is available for ordering Wednesday,” Lou Miranda blogs. “I think it’s going to be a huge success, but I am a little concerned about one thing: Where are Apple’s pro apps?”

“Now I fully understand that the iPad Pro is, in many ways, ‘just another iPad’ and thus will not likely have any apps that only run on the iPad Pro. And I understand that Apple wants to encourage third party developers to create apps of their own,” Miranda writes. “But for it to be successful, it certainly needs apps that take advantage of its hallmark features for professionals, such as Pencil and its new keyboard cover (a first for iPads and, I predict, will not be shared with smaller iPads).”

“The iPad Pro is Apple’s first pro iOS device… So why would Apple release an iPad Pro without its own pro apps?” Miranda writes. “My feeling is that the iPad Pro is much like Apple TV: the hardware was ready before the software, and Apple is soft-pedaling both, mostly to developers and early adopters.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We fully expect to see most if not all of Apple’s professional applications appear on iOS (or, at least, exclusively for iPad Pro, in some cases) with in the next 6-18 months.

Apple sets iPad Pro launch as it seeks a more serious crowd – November 9, 2015
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Order online November 11th; arrives in stores later this week – November 9, 2015


  1. Which came first, the Chicken or the egg? Any true Pro app is likely to take a lot more time and resources to develope than most consumer apps. Give it some time. If the current big guns in the Pro software fields don’t deliver, the door is open to innovators to fill the gap. Exciting times indeed!

    1. One fatal flaw with the iPad Pro is that it uses paltry hardware. It’s stuck as a light protable device driven by this latter constraint as well as battery life constraints.

      Whereas the Surface Pro 3 and 4 have it beat as their hardware is more powerful where the devices run full desktop Apps. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Edit raw photos, or whatever. And when you need to, use a point and click device (trackpad) for precision. This is a must for professionals.

      Any serious professional will opt for the Surface for these reasons.

      I think the iPad Pro is cool, but it’s a me too product that’s flawed out of the gate. It’s basically like a Samsung Galaxy 12″ tablet with a stylus. These are stripped down light computers that are good for what they are: tablets with some stylus functionality. But that’s it.

      You want a tablet with stylus functionality that can run full desktop Apps with a point and click device? The Surface.

      And the Surface keyboard is the best in the business hands down. Large mulitouch trackpad, good keys, backlighting.

      Again, I actually think the iPad Pro is cool, but the paltry hardware where it’s stuck with iOS and dinky mobile Apps; lack of movable stand where it’s stuck at one angle; lack of trackpad and unlappable keyboard… will make this product a niche product that won’t sell very well.

      1. You lost me with the trackpad and keyboard. Those really suck. Also, the iPad Pro has a processor with three cores each running at 2.7 MHz. It’s very comparable to the surface in specs. You should have started and ended with desktop apps, that’s your ONLY point.

        1. jimgramze:

          You’re misguided and uninformed. The CPU in the Surface is effectively what’s in your MacBook Pro. The iPad doesn’t even come close here. The Surface as the power to run a full desktop operating system and heavy duty desktop class Apps like Photoshop and Illustrator.

          The iPad cannot run these apps because it doesn’t have th power. And if it did get the power, the iPad would be thicker and heavier with less battery life because of the requirements to cool the device from the more powerful hardware and to fit that hardware in.

          When it comes to the keyboard and trackpad, the Surface has the best in the business. As for the trackpad, professionals need precision and a mouse is required.

          1. The Force Trackpad is the best in the business. Equal light pressure anywhere on the surface gives you a click, which provides fantastic accuracy. The keyboard on the Macbook Pro is regarded by the vast majority of tech writers as the best in class.

            Ars Technica just provided benchmark tests with the new iPad Pro which in most ways outpaces both the 13″ Retina Macbook Pro and the Surface Pro 4. That is rather surprising.

      2. dswe’s comment reads like someone who has studiously ignored all the reviews and benchmarks that show amazing performance that rivals MacBooks (and sometimes surpasses them!), very long battery life, the Pencil being far more advanced than a stylus, and much more.

      1. Don’t know where he is from but ‘shat’ is and has been in common use in the UK for the word shit. Indeed just checked its origin and it is the Old English past tense of shit so in a way you are right, where are the grammar police when you need them.

  2. They’ve apparently done the same thing with the new AppleTV. Release hardware without decent stuff to go with it. Gotta meet those deadlines…sometimes. It’s the new Apple.

      1. So, when Steve presented the first iPhone, it only came with software from Apple.
        Then they set up the App store and allowed people to write software for the IOS devices.
        Fast forward a couple of years, and now when they present a new piece of hardware, everyone just expects, that you will be able to write software for it.
        That’s the environment that all these “expectations” are swirling around in. It is what it is.
        The Apple TV 4 hardware is a good foundation.
        The brand-new, Apple TV 4 software is a solid start.
        It will only get better. And you know it.

  3. Whine, whine, whine. How come Apple is the only one in the press that gets criticized this much for not enough apps when they release a new piece of hardware? Microsoft and Android don’t get anywhere near this kinda heat. Besides iOS apps are supposed run on all their devices and do. Don’t worry, the Pencil experience will be fantastic.

  4. Am I the only one who’s noticed Apple’s recent lethargy regarding the iPad Pro? After the initial product announcement, Apple basically went silent. Then, this Monday they announce preorders will be available Wednesday, but give no time at which preorders will be accepted and no firm date on which the product will be available in the retail stores. Can no one at Apple communicate a decision any more? Or make one?

    Today, the day before pre-orders are to begin, the web site for iPad Pro still says “Available November.” Wouldn’t you think that a product that Apple presents as ground-breaking and the death of the PC would at least merit a web site update announcing preorders? Has anyone noticed that the Apple Pencil seems to get more attention than the iPad Pro?

    To me, this entire episode speaks to Apple’s lack of confidence in their products. After the less-than-remarkable debut of the Apple Watch, and in the face of declining iPad sales, could it be that Apple doesn’t want to blow their horn too loudly lest someone notice if iPad Pro sales are less than stellar?

    I hate to be one to keep digging Steve Jobs up and throwing him in Tim Cook’s face, but I can’t imagine a product launch as weak as this one happening on Jobs’ watch.

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