The new iPad Pro features a series of enhancements to say goodbye to the big iPhone and welcome the true iPad lineup, starting with its design and ending with Apple’s proprietary entry, the Lightning entry .
This entry’s farewell to embrace the USB-C is a declaration of intent by Californians to put a stop to the eternal debate about what the iPad brings us besides a screen bigger than an iPhone.
It’s hard to imagine that Apple has eliminated the input it has been developing for so long for its devices. The Lightning Connector came in order to give a folder to the 30 pin connector and offer the customer the possibility to use a multipurpose input (similar to USB-C, but at a proprietary level). The truth is that Apple didn’t get the industry to look at this type of connector for obvious reasons with the previous connector, which we commented in a previous post.
The new iPad Pro offers a USB-C input that completely changes the concept of the iPad, differentiating it from the iPhone itself. To be honest, the first information talks about a limitation of use in some aspects of USB-C on the iPad Pro. For example, connecting an external hard drive. This may change with the arrival of iOS 13 , but for the moment we have to live with this limitation.
In the case of an output for connecting the iPad to a separate monitor, the baton will be held by the developers themselves . They will be the ones to “decide” if an application can be connected to an external monitor and for what purpose. Some examples can be found in the iPad Pro presentation itself, there we could observe a user editing video from the iPad while watching a preview of it on an external screen.
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With this USB Type C move, Apple is adapting to the next standard that is already being implemented by many brands and not the other way around. Apple is a very brave company to trust its ideals, sometimes they have worked and sometimes they have not. In the case of the Lightning connector it has not been a success , but they have managed to rectify it to give the iPad greater independence of accessories and perhaps, in the near future with the possibility of connecting third party devices.
The iPad will never have macOS, but it can approach a similar interaction with the usual team with the implementation of USB-C, as we have discussed previously, this decision leads to collateral damage, in this case, the proprietary connector Lightning from Apple.