Mark Gurman holds a delicate position in Bloomberg’s pecking order as a senior reporter, and he has made an observation that has lingered on the iPad for quite a while. We all know that the tablets of the Apple world are the iPad and so should be viewed as productivity machines. But the question is, how efficient are iPads, and the answer is that they don’t live up to the hype.
Tagging iPads as productivity machines was no mistake, they are designed to help get work done. Coming armed with a 10.2″ – 12.9” screen size, a top-performing processor, and an added magnetic keyboard and pen for those who wish to pay more, iPads were built for work. But how does the iPad pair up with these productivity features and accessories? In terms of design and power iPad’s have the lion’s share, but when it comes to software iPads are found wanting. Instagram even labelled iPads as not being big enough to go through the stress of designing an app. Basic features such as multitasking and running apps concurrently have been an issue for a long time. What needs to be done to work on the iPad’s flaws? Mark Gurman’s suggestions are worth giving a try.
Mark Gurman stated that iPads need to have different operations laid out for different scenarios. First, when the iPad is used on its own for basic scrolling activities, at this stage the iPad can act as a regular device. The second scenario is when a user connects an Apple Pencil to the iPad, at this point the needs of the user change and so should how the iPad responds to actions taken on it. The third is when a user connects a magic keyboard to an iPad at this moment a “pro mode” should be activated and the iPad should become a mini laptop.
No doubt, these are some lovely ideas from a top man at Apple. If they are implemented, can it affect the status quo of the iPad? Are these suggestions from Mark Gurman truly his ideas, or are they features that are coming to the iPad and iPadOS?