Well this turned into quite the article....— Shawn Blanc (@shawnblanc) June 6, 2019
iPadOS: My Initial Thoughts, Observations, and Ideas on the Future of Working on an iPad – The Sweet Setup https://t.co/dUR9TPftyK
Apple is making a commitment to bring consistent, device-specific updates to the iPad. As Craig said from stage, Apple is ready to recognize the iPad in a new and special way.
And boy. He wasn’t kidding…
If you take the time to read through the complete list of all new features coming to iPadOS this fall it’s over 6,500 words! And there is no fluff whatsoever. That’s 6,500 words worth of concise bullet-point descriptions of the individual updates in iPadOS. Needless to say, there is a lot of awesomeness headed our way in iOS 13 and iPadOS.
Ben Thompson just posted his thought’s about Apple’s WWDC event that was yesterday. Currently reading through it now:
…. it was fun seeing what Apple came up with in its attempt to build the most powerful Mac ever, in the same way it is fun to read about supercars. More importantly, I thought that sense of “going for it” that characterized the Mac Pro permeated the entire keynote: Apple seemed more sure of itself and, consequentially, more audacious than it has in several years.
The first was the end of iTunes, which will be split into separate Music, Podcast, and TV apps; device syncing will be handed by the Finder. […] iTunes provided the foundation for everything that followed, and it seems appropriate that the application is going away at the same time that growth story is coming to a close.
The second was the introduction of iPad OS. This is, to be clear, mostly a marketing move: iPad OS is very much the same iOS it was two days ago. Marketing moves can matter, though: in this case — much like the Mac Pro — it is a statement from Apple that the non-iPhone parts of its business still matter. While the company was on the iPhone plateau it wasn’t so clear that management cared about either — both the iPad and Mac languished, the former in terms of software, and the latter in terms of hardware — but now there is real evidence the company is fully back in. That management no longer had a choice is besides the point.
The third announcement was the App Store on Apple Watch. While there was not any news about the Apple Watch being completely untethered from the iPhone — non-cellular models have no choice — it is a clear step towards making the Watch independent. That, by extension, completely changes the Watch’s addressable market from iPhone users to everyone. This was likely the endgame all along, but there is more urgency than there may have been even six months ago, and that is a great thing: better urgency than complacency.
I have a lot of thoughts about yesterday’s event. There was so much to process. The runtime of the event was about 2 and a half hours, and it felt like bombs dropped every minute of that entire time. Each one could’ve been a day’s worth of circulating the tech-news echo chamber, but all of them together at one time, was monumental.
The starting price for a Mac Pro being $12,000 (if including monitor), was something that I felt should be there. Even though I’ll never consider buying one (I only need an iPad), I think it’s important for a company like Apple to flex it’s muscles and have a moonshot type of product always available. As Ben puts it, their “supercar”.
iPad OS is the one that speaks to me the most. Not only is it giving me features that will make my main device more powerful, it always speaks to me by saying, Don’t worry, we got your back. The new features list this OS now brings to my iPad is insane. The list is exhaustive, and about midway of the list and studying all the new features, I closed the window and said to myself, ok I get it. Such an impressive array of features. 1
The Apple Watch, although it didn’t get any groundbreaking features, is getting that much closer to being independent. I’ve been imagining a time when all I have is my iPad and my Apple Watch. Yesterday’s announcements gives the Watch its own App Store, as well as auto-updates,without needing an iPhone.
iOS 13: 2
Speaking of Apple, iPad OS brings better file management in the Files app with two major things that speaks to the person I was when I used Macs:
This will allow me to build a file structure like I used to have. I remember when my system was so organized and clean. The one thing I lost when switching to iPads was the a good option to do this. That changes with this update.
Slide over app changing, App Expose (!), New Home Screen, Pinned widgets (!), Text Editing, Select a word with a double tap. A sentence with three taps. Or a whole paragraph with four taps. (!), Files app, Column view (!), File servers, Desktop Safari (!), Web Apps (this will help editing code for my website), Download Manager.↩
Xbox and PS4 controllers are now compatible, Dark Mode, Photo Tab (!), Memoji sticker packs, iMessage Profie (!), New Maps: Look Around and Collections (!), Siri’s new voice, Automated Shortcuts (!), QuickPath Typing (Swiping), Will this work with Apple Pencil on iPad!? All new Reminders.↩