Apple has been trying to push the iPad into the power category for quite some time now. Since the introduction of iPad Pro, this has been the ordeal. But then, Apple did capitalize on the hardware. The latest iPad Pro shows great benchmarks and holds massive processing and graphics power under the hood. Perhaps the only thing that holds it back is the iPadOS.
The iPadOS was only a recent addition. Before this, the iPads ran a typical version of a blown up iOS. With the iPadOS, they introduced a proper file browsing system, a desktop level browser. Even the Keyboard case, no matter how expensive it may be, was pushing the iPad to be more of a computer than a tablet.
According to recent reports from 9to5Mac, as told by TechCrunch, the company is opting for full mouse support as part of its upcoming operating system, iPadOS 14. While the iPad does support a mouse at the moment, there is no cursor. Instead, it works more like a finger. Apple is planning on changing that entirely to give a proper cursor which changes according to the object it hovers above.
This was perhaps decided after Adobe’s recent push of its “full” version of the Adobe Photoshop on the iPad. This would definitely come in handy. It would mean that users would be able to attach their Bluetooth mice or trackpads easily. There is also a related report which states that the next smart keyboard, for the upcoming iPads, would have a trackpad on it too. If this is the case, the company sure as hell is bringing the product closer to being a workstation, than just a leisure companion.