Five Things I Want to See in iPadOS 15 at WWDC 2021
I love my iPad. There. I said it!
Of course, that probably comes as no surprise to my regular readers. For you folks new to me, I’m a machine learning engineer in my day job and use a MacBook Pro there, but for my personal development work and blog posts, I do everything on an iPad Pro. I even wrote a full series on how I’m using an iPad with a Raspberry Pi to do all my personal data science work.
Where do I even begin with my love for the iPad? I don’t think anybody will argue with me that it is a top notch consumption device. Relaxing on the couch with a movie? Check. Coloring pictures with my daughters using the Apple Pencil? Check. Displaying my sheet music while playing my piano? Check. It’s great for all these things and more!
Admittedly however, where the iPad has lacked is in the production side of the house. Granted, things have come a looooong way since the original iPad was launched in 2010. Great apps like Affinity Designer for graphic design and Textastic for coding offer an amazing experience, and Apple themselves has added their own fair share of features. Things like native file support, inclusion of a USB-C port on the Pro models, side-by-side app support, and cursor support have been very welcome additions.
But… there is definitely room to grow.
As far as the iPad has progressed, there’s still a ways to go before I would consider the iPad a top class device for production. And now that Apple has added the blazing fast M1 chip to the newest iPad Pros — also featured in the newest MacBooks and iMac — I am super curious if Apple will take the training wheels off iPadOS and really let things fly. With WWDC 2021 just around the corner, I thought I’d write this post for things I’m hoping to see. Transparently, I’m not realistically expecting to see most of these things, but a guy can dream right?
Let’s jump into my list of things I’d like to see in next week’s iPadOS 15 announcement.
1. Support for command line tools.
I mentioned toward the beginning of this post that I wrote a whole series on how I’m using an iPad Pro to perform data science…