Apple’s iOS 11 turns the iPad Pro into the only device your family needs

“My children have grown up using iPads. Yes, they’ve had that unnerving ability to swipe-to-unlock from the age of two. The devices get used for all manner of things, from homework research to Netflix and YouTube to video calls with grandparents,” Andy Robertson writes for Forbes. “It’s been a great addition to family life, although not without headaches, arguments and sneaky under-the-covers screen time.”

“As they’ve got older they have gravitated towards our laptop and desktop computers for their school project work. With three of them, and limited proper computers it’s a juggle to make this work,” Robertson writes. “The last couple of weeks we’ve been testing the iPad Pro — and iOS 11 for the last couple of days. It’s been a revolution in ways I hadn’t expected. The fight for proper desktop computers has suddenly got easier as they are more than happy to use the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard combo for writing and research.”

“My youngest had resisted this transition, though, until I installed iOS 11 the other night. I came down the next day to find him writing away at a school project about dinosaurs,” Robertson writes. “‘The iPad’s turned into a MacBook, Dad,’ he said as I walked into the room. Slightly confused, I quizzed him further and he gave me a tour of the new features of what he now calls his ‘MacPad’ …All in all the new iPad and iOS combo has become a family essential for us, and made some of our older tech obsolete.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As our own SteveJack remarked seconds after Apple’s Craig Federighi unveiled iOS 11’s new features (namely, Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, the new Dock, and the Files app):

Finally, the promise of iPad is realized.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, June 5, 2017

What’s more natural than dragging and dropping with your finger? It’s certainly more natural than doing so with a mouse. With iOS 11, many people’s biggest conundrum for their next road machines went from MacBook vs. MacBook Pro to 10.5-inch iPad Pro vs. 12.9-inch iPad Pro. — MacDailyNews, June 9, 2017

iPad Pro. The future of computing is here (or will be, as soon as iOS 11 is released this autumn).MacDailyNews, June 23, 2017

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  1. No two person’s needs are EXACTLY the same. I have the 12.9″ iPad Pro, 1st Iteration, and will not be getting the 2017 iteration but will probably get the next upgrade. I will, of course, upgrade to iOS 11, day one.

    That said, yes, the iPad is 99 percent all I need. The only thing missing for me, a retired businessperson, attorney, professor and more, and wish so much to make the iPad complete would be for Apple to allow the iPad to get to and do want the Mac can do. And secondly, I wish Apple would create an iOS version of the true iTunes that would give us all the opportunities that we get in iTunes on a Mac. Finally, why iPad users can’t back up to a hard drive such as my Time Machines just lying around idle after selling my iPad Air and iMac.

    With those three things, for me the iPad would be complete. In fact, I wish someone would shed some light on why Apple prevents iOS devices from being backed up to third-party backup servers such as Mozy, iDrive and Carbonite when Android can. In fact, why can’t we back up a Hard Drive by any Manufacturer using WiFi or Wired? And what would be so hard to have a real iTunes on the iPad, written, of course, for iOS?

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