A Mac is a Mac and an iPad is an iPad and never the twain shall meet, right? Maybe. iPad Pro comes with a better display than a MacBook Air, features more powerful graphics capability, and is faster than the vast majority of PCs. What’s missing?
Mouse support. Keyboard shortcuts that rival the Mac. Maybe even trackpad support. What? Wouldn’t that just turn an iPad Pro into a Mac? That’s OK by me. Add a keyboard to an iPad, any iPad, any Bluetooth keyboard, and what do you get?
A less than MacBook Air experience. macOS has more keyboard shortcuts, and thanks to built-in keyboard and trackpad support, users can keep their hands where God intended. On the keyboard (except for the mouse, but that’s nearby and doesn’t really contribute to tennis elbow or bursitis).
The keyboard on an iPad is a different experience and does not do justice to the device’s incredible power. Keyboard shortcuts are almost non-existent. Navigation requires an iPad user to move hands from the keyboard to the display. How is that an improvement over keeping hands on a Mac keyboard?
Word on the streets– actually, from MacStories Federico Viticci– is iOS 13, due later this summer but announced at WWDC in late spring, will come with mouse support, perhaps through USB-C on the iPad Pro.
Plug in a mouse and you get an onscreen cursor, Mac style.
I like the idea and I applaud Apple for giving it consideration but it’s important not to make it a half-assed effort.
Sorry, the mouse on my Mac uses Bluetooth and with Magic Mouse that works fine. Why not Bluetooth mouse support on iPad Pro? Why not a Mac notebook-like keyboard with built-in trackpad just for iPad Pro?
Apple, is there a technical reason why all iPads cannot have Bluetooth support for both keyboard and a mouse?
What’s the problem?
On average, Macs are priced higher than most iPads, including iPad Pro, so turning iOS 13 into a more Mac-like experience might cannibalize Mac sales and that means Apple makes less money.
I can just hear Steve Jobs saying, “Tim, you’re doing it wrong.”