Does an iPad Pro make sense?
Me? I am not convinced. Perhaps I am reading into things too much, but these are the main points that make me skeptical. The following is all conjecture, nothing is based on fact
1. Architecture and Multitasking. This thing will probably either run a new Arm processor, or a low voltage intel processor.
If it runs intel, it only makes sense to run Mac OSX on it. As far as I am aware, iOS is not built to run on intel hardware. If this is the case, why not insteal buy an entry level MacBook Air? I fail to see the distinct advantages of a pro iPad that runs OSX over the already great MBA. Also, OSX is not optimized for touch input nearly as much as iOS.
If it runs an ARM processor, then for sure we would be getting iOS (Or some "Windows-RT-esque version of OSX). Okay, but as far as iOS has come, in my opinion the multitasking isn't there yet. Even a feature like Windows' 8.1's snap to have 2 windows open at the same time would come a long way to help with this. Having an email client and a spreadsheet open at the same time? Sadly right now it is not done well.
2. Price. Anyone who has bought an Apple product in the history of time knows that Pro is not synonymous with cheap. The Macbook Pro, Mac Pro, Quicktime 7 Pro are all objectively pricey. Taking the $499 iPad air as a price baseline and adding extra cost for the rumored keyboard as well as the powerful internals, you get something that is now arguably in the range of the $999 Macbook Air. Again, putting a theoretical device beside the already great for business MacBook Air, I am not sure what selling points the pro iPad would have.
3. Usefulness I know I hinted at this in 1 and 2, but I just don't see where this would fit in the Apple line. Between the iPad Air and MacBook Air, it would be tough to slot in a compelling device either way, unless they competitively priced it on the low end as an alternative to the iPad Air.
Only downside was it was slightly weak on specs, but that has nothing to do with size and more just when it was released.
I would kill for Microsoft to make the Surface 3 also in like a 12.6" size or something.
- real stylus functionality. I don't want to fingpaint and I don't want to use a cigarette butt. I want small-point pressure sensitive stylus support if I'm going to do graphics
- an actual virtual keyboard. With increased acreage I want to be liberated from a scaled-up iPhone keyboard. A line of numbers up top rather than a separate keyboard page, non click-and-hold keys for quotation marks and apostrophes--and arrow keys!
- something like a file system. I want libraries of fonts, clips, photos, documents, sounds that I can inspect when I want--not just when the machine thinks I should be able to. I want to see resources organized by date and size as well as by name.
Ideally what I would love for them to do is make a keyboard/dock/case combo to try and build a better portable solution.
So I think they will just develop what they have and they won't introduce anything like i pad Pro