Ten years ago I had the opportunity to test the first iPad for the first time. Nobody seemed then to be clear about the usefulness of a tablet beyond web browsing, the reproduction of multimedia content and video games. In that presentation, Steve Jobs heralded the entry into a new technological era that he defined as post pc. He had a lot of response. In fact, personal computers are very much alive today, but this iPad Pro ten years later it is the door to a new type of machine.
So I wrote that article for The vanguard from the first iPad with the first keyboard that Apple released, much less useful than the current one, which acts as a cover. For this text I repeat the experience on the new iPad Pro 2020 of 12.9 inch, but many things have changed. For starters, the iPad has become a successful tablet on the market, with a gallery of a million apps Available for its format, with many things in which it surpasses a PC and some in which it is still behind, although each time it has less.
Thanks to an operating system update iPadOS 13.4, from now on you can work with an on-screen cursor that appears when we need it if we use a mouse or trackpad. For these days of confinement in which I have tested the iPad Pro 2020 I have used an Apple Magic Trackpad 2. Starting in May, its new spectacular keyboard will be available Magic Keyboard which, in addition to having a built-in trackpad, magnetically holds the tablet “floating” above the surface of the keys, which are backlit. The case will also serve for the previous version of the iPad Pro.
The experience of writing this article is very different from that of ten years ago. The evolution of the iPad has been tremendous. The new processor A12Z Bionic Apple outperforms most of those on today’s laptops. This fact would have seemed impossible then. The addition of a cursor and the possibility of using a trackpad, adds new advantages to the apple tablet.
This advanced chip has 8 cores, half of which are dedicated to performance, heavy computing tasks, and the other half, high efficiency, for everyday tasks. Outperforms the vast majority of notebook PCs sold in the past year. The A12Z Bionic incorporates as a novelty a 8-core graphics unit what does iPad Pro do 2.6 times faster than the previous model. The processor’s neural engine for artificial intelligence functions can do up to 5 billion (trillion operations per second. It is like going in a car with plenty of power. He doesn’t suffer with anything.
Ten years later, from the same iPad I can access the remote work environment system that The vanguard You have enabled editors to work from home during confinement. The fact of having a trackpad and a cursor is essential in that productivity, since I can access and work in Windows as I do with a PC or a Mac. The jump is significant in professional applications.
When the iPad came out there was criticism that its operating system was the same as the iPhone, of which they accused him of being a copy with the largest screen. It was not so. Size determines function. A napkin and a quilt are the same, but of different sizes. They do not serve the same purpose in the same way that a knife and a sword do not, although they may have the same shape.
Among the things that the iPad has gained in these ten years there is an endless list. The operating system was separated from iOS last fall and was called iPadOS to acquire some own characteristics, like that cursor and the possibility of using a mouse or trackpad. Parallel to the improvements in the operating system, Apple has improved its tablet. Now we have a device that allows us to sign documents or draw on their surface thanks to Apple Pencil, a very suitable pointer for the tablet and that would not make sense on the iPhone.
The iPad was widely criticized – and is still criticized – that it does not have professional apps. Now that’s not so true anymore. It is true that you can miss some, but in many areas you can work professionally. For example, you can use the most extensive office suite in the world, the Microsoft Office, with full versions of Word, Excel or PowerPoint, its most popular programs. Adobe has released a (still) somewhat limited version of its Photoshop, but everything will come; and numerous companies have partnered with Apple to create professional apps.
The software must be added increasingly powerful hardware. The power of ARM architecture chips Apple’s iPhone and iPad has already led to the possibility that they can be used on MacBooks, something that until recently seemed. Inside the iPad, unlike a PC, we also have numerous sensors, such as accelerometers and GPS, and cameras to take photos (not only the video conference). In the case of the new iPad Pro, with two quality rear cameras, we must add the new LiDAR scanner which makes it a much more versatile device and focused on augmented reality.
LiDAR is the acronym for a technology called Laser Image Detection and Scope. It is used for high precision systems such as terrain recognition systems made by autonomous cars. With the few apps that I have been able to test the LiDAR, the iPad Pro amazes when detecting surfaces and distances. It has a scope of 5 meters and its potential we will see in the future with new apps that take advantage of its features.
The display is also amazing for both its color gamut and brightness. Apple uses technology that automatically adjusts the screen refresh rate up to 120Hz, which results in a very smooth movement and a very fast response. Movies and video games benefit from it.
The announcement of the new iPad Pro last week comes ten years after a presentation in which Steve Jobs was sure he had created a product that would change the way of understanding computers. With all the degree of demand that the founder of Apple had, with this, without a doubt, he would be more than happy.