Category Archives: IPadOS

My iPadOS Wishlist…Again

I had an admittedly ambitious wishlist for iPadOS 14 ahead of WWDC last year. Because of the impact of COVID, I knew we wouldn’t get all of what I proposed. However, I thought at least two or three of these proposed features would make the cut. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be. Only one thing I mentioned, Spotlight Search, was even touched, and it only got a cosmetic overhaul.

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The iPad’s Turning Point Was More Recent Than You Might Think

There has been a lot of talk about what Apple is doing with the iPad Pro and how they should proceed with the development of both the hardware and software since the latest models were announced last week. Whether they did it intentionally or not, Apple stoked this fire when they chose to use the M1 branding for the new iPad Pro’s processor. This move naturally linked the new Pro with their successful M1 Macs released late last year and got people talking about the limitations that still hold the iPad Pro back in various ways.

Yes, even as a big fan of iPadOS and Apple’s tablets, I can admit that there are still a number of limitations, especially when contrasted with the power of recent iPad Pro models.

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Apple’s New Scribble for iPadOS 14 is Niche, But Also Pretty Nice

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If you thought the iPad had come full circle with the release of the original Apple Pencil in 2016, Monday saw the last dot truly get filled in. The announcement of Scribble and new AI-fueled digital ink search and recognition features for the iPad bring system-level handwriting recognition and manipulation back to Apple hardware for the first time since Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the late 90s.

Considering his comments on the stylus when the iPhone was announced, it felt for a time like these features would never find their way to Apple’s mobile devices again. However, while the Pencil’s inclusion as a non-essential accessory geared toward design and notetaking made sense, Apple’s new handwriting features elevate digital ink to a much more useful level on the iPad.

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One of the Best Features of iPadOS 14- It Runs On 6 Year Old Devices

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While we didn’t get a ton of new features in iPadOS 14, it does have a few headline features like enhanced Apple Pencil support for working with digital ink and a new unified search UI. However, there is one feature that Apple only mentions in passing on stage, but is very beneficial to all of it’s tablet users. That feature is longevity.

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My Crazy Wishlist for Apple’s iPadOS 14

It’s June and WWDC is just a day away. A little later than usual this year and online-only thanks to the pandemic that we are all living through, but still here. The show will go on starting Monday at 9 AM Pacific.

It’s sure to be a lot different than what we are used to. but I’m betting that Apple will still deliver a polished and very professional presentation. They have quite a rep to uphold as the best in the business at this sort of thing. I doubt they will drop the ball, even under the more difficult circumstances.

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Let’s Play a Little Game Called “Would You Buy This Apple Device?”

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Two and a half years ago, I wrote an article asking a simple question. If Apple were to create an iPad hybrid in the body of a MacBook, would you buy it? There were patents and speculation at the time that made it reasonable to consider such a question. That, and the iPad Pro was beginning to push the boundaries of what we expect from an Apple tablet.

Things have certainly changed today and such a device doesn’t seem nearly as far away. Over the last two years we have gotten a new iPad Pro design, a new Apple Pencil, iPadOS, USB-C and full touchpad support. We even have a Magic Keyboard with built-in touchpad that can virtually transform an iPad Pro into something very, very close to a laptop. However, I still think the question of an  iPadOS device in the shell of a MacBook is relevant, at least enough to speculate over.

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New Hardware Keyboard Shortcuts are Coming to iPadOS

One of the primary complaints with Apple’s Magic Keyboard is the lack of a row of function keys. It’s a small gripe with an otherwise very strong accessory, but it is legitimate. Most competing Bluetooth keyboards have function keys that allow users to change basics like the volume, screen brightness and backlight intensity without having to touch the screen or open Control Center. In the case of the keyboard backlight, we are talking about having to either trigger a shortcut or dig a few layers into Settings to make that change.

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The Number One Feature I Want To See in iPadOS 14

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I’m sure some will disagree with me on its importance, but there is a feature that iPad power users have wanted for years that is close enough to feel within reach now. If you look at the evolution of the iPad Pro over the last 18 months, it also makes perfect sense. Everything required for this to work properly is now lined up and in place. The feature I want to see added to iPadOS right now more than any other is multi-screen support.

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Why Apple Hasn’t Admitted a Thing to Microsoft or Tom Warren

Earlier today I read an article by Tom Warren at The Verge entitled Apple finally admits Microsoft was right about tabletsI wasn’t especially surprised considering that Warren has always been completely MS-centric. He’s a good writer and does his job well, but I he’s not the guy I look to for even-handed reporting.

As a full-time Windows user myself and someone who certainly doesn’t dislike the platform, I still heartily disagree with his take in this article.

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I Hope Apple Ignores John Gruber’s Rants on the iPad

Contrary to what you might think after reading that headline, I am not a hater. Not at all. I have actually been a fan of John Gruber’s writing and podcasting for several years and I typically agree with his point of view regarding Apple and the tech world, in general. However, I can’t say that’s the case when it comes to the iPad.

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Music Notation App StaffPad Brings Pro-Level Composition to iPadOS

In what sometimes seems like another life, I was a music student and then a professional musician (for a little while) and a teacher (for longer). I was a percussionist all through middle and high school and absolutely loved it. I won some awards over the years and made several honor bands, including All State my senior year. I got scholarship offers to several schools and ended up attending Louisiana State University for four years to study music. I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and then got my Masters’ Degree from Florida State after that.

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