We have been talking about the iPad, iOS and the potential of both for a long time . Many are demanding something more, they believe that iOS in its current approach falls short in certain aspects for the iPad and so they are asking for new horizons, in the heat of the rumors about the iPad Pro, and a version of iOS for it. My colleague Jaime was wondering about this a few days ago, but even though I agree to some extent, I think there is still a lot to be squeezed into the current iOS, a lot to contribute and applications such as Astropad are a good example of this.
What is Astropad? It is an application that turns our iPad into a digitizing tablet , reflecting, in a very precise way, the screen of our Mac in our iPad and allowing us to use it to make photographic retouching or graphic design. I’ve been asking for years for applications and uses similar to these for an iPad, but the best of all is that Astropad works. It just does. Without bugs and lags .
Without going into too much detail about Astropad, we can connect the iPad to the Mac with a usb or wirelessly with Liquid, a new protocol that, on paper, is much faster than AirPlay and that allows maximum precision and fluidity when working . To make it even easier to use, it includes support for pressure-sensitive stylus such as FiftyThree’s Pencil or Adonit Jot Touch.
Back to the potential of the iPad. I’d like to see usage statistics that would show the percentage, which I think is very high, of users who use their iPad for pure content consumption activities. Browsing, reading mail or watching videos are things that the iPad was originally intended for and that, I repeat, without statistics in hand, I think are the activities that the average user, the bulk of the iPad’s target audience, performs with it. For this type of user iOS works as it should .
But, as with everything, there is always a user profile, the so-called power user , who wants more . And there is no better example than Viticci. Thinking of an iPad as the main computer is very juicy because of all it provides in terms of mobility and autonomy. That’s where most of the demands for a more powerful iOS come from.
And that’s where I have a question: Don’t we have to adapt to the iOS philosophy to some extent? Not only does iOS have to adapt to the user, a user who wants to do things on an iPad in a similar way to how he does them on a computer, but the user must also know that it is not the same and that he may have to adapt his way of working partly to the iPad. Because, although there are many things to improve, I don’t think we have seen the roof of the current iOS as an operating system . Its potential has not been fully exploited, and apps like Astropad make me more and more confident about this idea.
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