Apple’s iPadOS is a game-changing software update

Dark Mode in iPadOS 13 brings a dramatic look to iPad for an immersive visual experience.
Dark Mode in iPadOS 13 brings a dramatic look to iPad for an immersive visual experience.

Ben Sin for Forbes:

I have a love-hate relationship with the iPad Pro. I use it as my main work machine, partly because it is more powerful and portable than most laptops on the market, and it has the best stylus on a commercial device… But using the iPad Pro as my main work machine has required significant compromises on my end, because Apple had stubbornly neutered the device’s power and potential with limited mobile software and an insistence on doing things the Apple way… But the iPad Pro’s hardware is so good that I’m willing to put up with its draconian software.

But change is coming!

I’ve been testing a beta version of iPadOS for the past few days, and most of the improvements Apple promised are already useable here in the beta software. They’re slightly buggy right now – as is often the case with beta software – but by the time these are consumer-ready, the iPads, especially the 2018 iPad Pro, is going to become significantly more capable.

I may finally be able to remove the “hate” part from my long-running love-hate relationship with an Apple product.

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  1. You will need a much faster processor. Why? Because what you are use to is instantaneous responses. The OS really waited on you. Only one user app running. Now the OS will have more processes to manage you will notice that as you try to do way more things seeming at one time.

    Apple’s new tablet processor needs more power more speed. Somewhere around an i7 eight core running at 3.7 GHz. Or you are going to be very unhappy. On top of that it needs to last 17 hours running flat out. Fully charging in 45 minutes.

    1. Right on, Bob. We need faster, stronger, better iPad Pro processors, it’s a definite given!

      1. Of course we will get faster and better iPad Pro processors. Apple has been releasing new A-series SoCs on an annual basis for years. But I have no doubt that the current A-series processor is quite capable of dealing with the new iPadOS.

        We may get longer battery life, too. Usually Apple squeezes out some additional battery life by improving overall device/processor efficiency. Sometimes Apple also adds some battery Wh capacity, generally via a more efficient battery design. I would not expect Apple to thicken the iPad Pro to add more battery volume, though. Despite the fact that many people have advocated for thicker iOS devices with larger batteries, Apple seldom goes down that path. The only example that comes to mind is the first iPad retina, which still used the 30-pin dock connector. I believe that might have been the heaviest 9.7″ iPad ever (and not far short of the larger iPad Pro models).

    2. How many current laptops – Windows or Mac – include a CPU “…somewhere around an i7 eight core running at 3.7 GHz”? And none of those come close to “…last 17 hours running flat out.” So, I really don’t understand why you think that the iPad Pro has to have these things to be fully functional and responsive.

      I can see where additional processes and threads will place a somewhat greater burden on the iPad Pro A-series SoC, but is already a very capable processor. There is no reason to expect significant or unreasonable lag in its response. Rather than tossing out fearful speculation, I suggest waiting until the official release of iPadOS and then testing it out.

      1. SHAME ON YOU! for demanding less. You know for a fact next year Intel will get to 7nm if not 5 nm, and at that point do you believe/think those systems will be slower. AMD is doing a great job. They maybe able to move to 5nm and use AMD design, but they are getting faster and using less power.

    3. I get where your coming from but the current iPad Pro’s are actually extremely powerful machines. You just have to look at the benchmarks or spend 5 minutes using one to find that out.

      The way the OS is designed, the new multi-tasking features won’t add that much to the load on the CPU/GPU even though it appears like you can run many more apps at once (it’s really just the same number of active apps as before). I haven’t actually noticed any difference running the beta other than the usual bugs and glitches you get at this stage of development.

      If there is any part of the hardware that’s lacking it’s the amount of RAM. Currently the 1TB iPad Pro has 6GB of RAM but apps can still only access 4GB of that. I think once Apple ships 8GB or more RAM with iPads and gives developers access to it you will see many more advanced/pro apps being developed for the iPad.

      In terms of battery life, Apple could easily ship an iPad with 17+ hours of battery life but they keep prioritising thinness and lightness over all else.
      To me the current iPad Pro’s have gone too far and are ridiculously thin. I think Apple have got this all back to front. The iPad Air’s should be this thin (matches the name) and the iPad Pro’s should be slightly thicker with much bigger batteries.

      One last point, the current CPUs inside iPads and iPhones are truly desktop class chips but are held back significantly by the lack of voltage/power and space/cooling. If the same chips were given more power and space to breathe, they could post some really impressive benchmark numbers. It’s this fact which makes me excited for ARM Macs.

      1. you’re absolutely right, ARM Macs will be a game changer for the MacBooks and eventually for the iPad Pro .
        Apple bionic chips are the fastest in the market and their collaboration with ARM, they’ll be able to do the same with the MacBooks . most importantly they’ll get rid off of the heating of MacBooks which is partially due to Intel chips which are used to get more ventilated in Pcs. the other culprit is the batteries, once they fix this, MacBooks will be able to deliver crazy fast performance. Apple is on a roll now and 2020 look very promising at all levels.

  2. “partly because it is more powerful and portable than most laptops on the market,”

    I bet dollars to doughnuts that if I had a macbook pro with a mouse, I could enter data into an excel spreadsheet, write a one page article, then do some E-cad work that requires a mouse MUCH faster than anybody using a stupid touch screen computer.

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