Can the iPad Really Replace Your Computer?
Apple’s latest WWDC Conference has announced updates to the iPad Operating system. In the past, the iOS operating system for both the iPhone and iPad have been the same with new updates and features added for both devices with each subsequent update.
The iPad will now run its own operating system, called iPadOS which will be separate from the updates released for the iPhone. This will allow the iPad to take advantage of its bigger screen size.
Some of the new features on iPadOS include:
- The ability to pin widgets to the home screen.
- Allows for better multitasking.
- Adds support for USB thumb drives which adds the ability to transfer files to external storage devices.
- Allows for a split screen view of multiple windows within the same app.
- The ability to import photos directly from your camera.
- Safari will now display websites as their desktop form (versus the mobile sized websites seen on the iPhone) and allow for better touch optimization.
- Adds support for custom fonts and better text selection.
- Improvements to the Apple Pencil to allow for better markup capabilities.
The iPad Can Replace Your Computer If…
The most common tasks people perform on their laptop or desktop PC are the very same tasks in which the iPad excels: surfing the web, checking email, finding out what friends and family are up to on Facebook, playing games, balancing the checkbook, writing a letter or a paper for school, etc.
Productivity has also become increasingly easy on the iPad. The virtual touchpad makes manipulating text easier, the iPad supports Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and includes a free version of Apple’s iWork, and if you need to do a lot of typing you can simply connect a Bluetooth keyboard.
Many common programs such as TurboTax, Quicken, and Photoshop, now have Apps that allow for their compatibility and use on your iPad.
And perhaps just as importantly, the iPad can do some tasks even better than a laptop. The iPad has a back-facing camera, so you can film your own home movie. You can also edit the video right on your iPad. Need to get online while on the go? You don’t need to look for a coffee shop with Wi-Fi. If you buy the 4G LTE version of the iPad, you can connect anywhere you could connect with your smartphone.
The iPad Can’t Replace Your Laptop If…
The number one reason why you wouldn’t be able to replace your iPad with a laptop is if you are tied to a proprietary piece of software that simply can’t be found on the iPad. Any application you run on your Windows PC or Mac would need a replacement for your iPad. This is easy when it comes to email and web browsing, but can be more difficult for other types of software.
A second consideration as to why you may not want the iPad to replace your computer is if you rely on a larger monitor/display.
The updates available with iPadOS will further increase the number of users who may find that the iPad is the perfect replacement for their laptop or desktop computer.