8 changes that could make the iPad Pro even better – Macworld

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A lot has changed for the iPad since the last Work Beyond Mac column.

It turned out the iPad Pro was real, and as big as the rumors had claimed. Apple even revamped the iPad Air 2, matching the names, specs, and features of its bigger brother. iOS 9 added multitasking features to the iPad that were once nothing more than a dream. Having the ability to use two apps at one time on the iPad fundamentally changed how users put the iPad to work—at least, I know it did for me.

For the most part, the iPad Pro line is exactly I had hoped it would be. I now use the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as my lone laptop, with an iMac often sitting idle on my desk.

As with nearly everything in life, there’s always room for improvement and the iPad Pro is not exempt. There are aspects I really really love about the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, and then there are changes I can only hope are made with iOS 10 and a second-generation iPad Pro. Here are eight of those changes, in no particular order.

A smarter Smart Connector

The iPad Pro’s Smart Connector was originally touted as a way for accessories to connect to the tablet. Power is provided by the iPad, and data is transmitted to the iPad from the keyboard. In the last few months, however, we’ve seen just how versatile the Smart Connector actually can be.

Logitech just announced a charging base for the iPad Pro that uses the Smart Connector to power the iPad Pro. Firmware updates to Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover and Logitech’s Create for iPad keyboard have both used the connector as a means to install the new software. Obviously, there’s a lot of potential with the Smart Connector, and it’s time Apple really unlocks its “smarts.”

I envision a docking station that looks similar to Logitech’s new charging base, but instead of serving a single purpose it would add ports for syncing photos from a camera, attaching a microphone, or possibly even an external hard drive.

True Tone on both models

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is equipped with ambient light sensors that are constantly monitoring and changing the color temperature of the tablet’s screen.

8 changes that could make the iPad Pro even better – Macworld