Forget The iPad Pro, This Is Why The iPad Mini Wins

13 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Best iPad Pro Keyboard: Apple Smart Cover v. Logitech Create.

Over the past 12 months the company have rebuilt the MacBook from the ground up, launched two new platforms, with the new Apple TV and Apple Watch, and rushed out their music subscription service with an impressive host of curators and exclusives.

You can do a lot with the iPad Pro from the moment you unwrap it, but Apple doesn’t include a feature to use the enormous 12.9-inch display as a secondary screen for your existing PC or Mac. Compatible with both PCs and Macs running OS X 10.9 and above or Windows 7 and above, Duet also works with systems that already have multiple displays attached, depending on your computer’s processing power. But the team behind it has been working hard to make it much better with many under-the-hood improvements and an important new feature — iPad Pro support.

After you install Duet, you can just drag windows off the side of your display, and they land on the iPad Pro’s screen, as it functions just like any monitor you connect to your system. After purchasing the iOS app for $9.99 and installing the companion app, you just need to plug your iPad using a Lightning cable and launch the two apps. The app’s secret sauce is that it uses your iPad cable — you get 60 frames per second without any lag, and it’s much more reliable than using a Wi-Fi network.

When Apple unveiled the first iPad in 2010 they described a potential for a third category of device, something that could sit between the laptop and a smartphone. It doesn’t fold or bend like a magazine, and its laptop size means you’ll really want to carry it around in a bag far more than you would with an regular iPad.

While I didn’t actually try it with an iPad Pro, if you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can double the size of your screen real estate with an iPad Pro. The Logitech Create iPad Pro keyboard cover seems to be a higher quality keyboard since the keys feel like metal instead of the unusual textured material on the Apple Smart Keyboard. The 12.9-inch, 264 PPI screen delivers the crisp text you’d expect from a ‘Retina’ screen, and it often reminds me of a backlit sheet of paper, or cardboard. I asked Duet Display whether Duet Display was taking advantage of the iPad Pro’s new Lightning port — the port now supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

Specific professional applications, like AutoCAD 360, also perform exceptionally well, although this potential feels lost on more simple upscaled mobile-phone applications. But right now developer support for these new features is inconsistent, and it’s really frustrating, as a user, when an app refuses to act behave in the expected way. The text is far too large, the app features a different keyboard to iPad Pro-optimized apps, and text is spread over the larger screen size without any margins.

However you’ll still need to buy a Lightning to USB dongle to use any MIDI controllers with it, and there isn’t an alternative to a USB controller. Where is Final Cut Pro, or any other professional software, and why should developers be left to test the waters when a billion dollar company won’t.

But terrible accessories, a limited app ecosystem, and a general lack of enthusiasm from Apple and third-party developers means it feels rather malnourished right now.

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