Reviewers can not agree if iPad Pro can be used for "real work" or not, but it's one thing they all seem to agree: The new iPad Pro hardware is big and Apple needs to invest in upgrades for iOS to take advantage of it.
But what form do they want the upgrades to take? Leave it to reader Mike R from Twitter to cook this down to the correct answer : It's time for a David Letterman-style Top 10 list. So here it is ready to be delivered to the home office in Cupertino, California, Top 10 iPad features we want to see in iOS 13 …
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iPad Pro supports 4K and 5K external monitors, It's great, but since iOS is almost completely affected, it severely limits the use of these screens.
What about when the iPad was customized to a big screen, customized the interface to add menu bar and cursor support? I do not ask for iPad to be a Mac, but I ask that iPad to act more like a Mac when it's connected to a big screen like a Mac.
9. External touchscreen support
Does not like the idea of having an iPad Probe more Mac like when What about this spin on the idea: What about Apple's upcoming external display, probably designed for the new Mac Pro, was also a touchscreen? Then you can buy this screen and use it with a Mac Pro, Mac mini or iPad Pro.
This actually works less far-fetched than my "Menu bar mode" idea because it does not change the iPad interface at all – It's only possible to expand to a large external display. It would be a way for Apple to create something like Surface Studio without actually building a huge iPad on a hinge.
8. Keyboard Shortcuts for F Keys
One of the things that is disappointing about the new Smart Keyboard Folio is that, like Smart Keyboard, there are no additional function keys available. Apparently Apple is not a fan of the feature line – witnessing the Touch Bar – and the truth is that I do not want to press F7 while using iPad Pro.
What I miss is all the features Apple has assigned to those keys in recent years Whether you're on a Mac or iPad, you can reliably turn to the feature row to adjust the brightness and volume and playback of control media. But on Smart Keyboard Folio, no dice.
Here's a suggested solution: Add more support for system summary shortcuts in iOS, including assigned shortcuts for media control. On my iMac, I do not really use the function keys to play and pause my music. I have been assigned to command-line spaces, a shortcut I've used since the days of AppleCD Audio Player app in Classic Mac OS. Let's get this go to iOS and i promise not to miss the line of action.
7. More mature audio support
I do many podcasts, and basically I can not do them on iOS from start to finish because iOS audio subsystem is incredibly primitive. Time for a overhaul so that at least two apps can access the audio input at one time. It would let me talk to someone on Skype while making the conversation with another app.
Even better: Support for multiple audio input and output devices, and an API to allow developers to capture system sounds and device sounds.  6. Developer Tools for iOS
Some think it's a legitimate, standalone data platform, you need to be able to develop software on that platform. These people are all software developers and I do not subscribe to their point of view but I admit it would be terrible for Apple to bring some kind of developer tool, if not Xcode, maybe a next-generation version running on both Mac and iOS to the platform.
Although I think iPad is a true computing platform, I also think developers would love to be able to write iOS software right on iOS.
5. External pointing device support
Explain the more radical approach to menu line mode, the fact is that iOS has had a marker for some years now, used only in text editing. (You can use it on iPad by putting two fingers on the keyboard as if it were a trackpad by pressing 3D on an iPhone keyboard or by pressing the spacebar for a long time if you did not know.)
If we need a marker, why not support external Bluetooth pointing devices? I do not ask for a small black arrow to follow me while I work, like on Mac. I request support for an external control panel so I can edit text more efficiently and also use multitouch moves to move between applications without having to disconnect the keyboard and move upwards.
4. Pro Apps on iOS
If Apple wants users to use iPad Pro, it's time for the company to bring their own pro-focused apps to the platform. That does not mean iMovie and GarageBand mean it's Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro.
If Adobe can do it with Photoshop, it's time for Apple to do it with its apps. I'll be able to start editing a podcast on my Mac, and then move to iPad and back again.
3. Shortcuts addition
The Shortcuts application was a major addition to iOS 12. Now it's time to take that functionality after let shortcuts run commands via timers and hotkeys. Time-limited shortcuts will allow users to build automations like grabbing tomorrow's new headlines, turn on lights, start a coffee maker and play a sound to wake you up. Keyboard shortcuts let you press a few keys anywhere in iOS and have a shortcut of amazingly practical, as we can do on Mac today with Automator, Keyboard Maestro and other apps.
(Oh, and another request while we're on it: I'll be able to tell shortcuts to run without showing me code that drives every step of the way. Shortcuts are useful and fun and powerful and I need they are not in the face all the time.)
2. External storage in files
People use iPad Pro to do work. Sometimes the files you need to work on a local file server, not the cloud. Sometimes they are on an external storage device, such as an SD card or a flash drive or a hard drive. iOS has a file-browsing app that is capable of connecting to iCloud, but not the mac mini server i hold in my garage. It is able to read the attached SD card, but only the pictures and video files on them.
This is stupid. Apple should add original support for external storage, including USB volumes and SMB file servers. That way, I can connect to my local server and browse or copy files back to iPad without the need for unreliable third-party apps, and when I record podcasts on the road, I can import audio files directly to Ferrite, my IOS editor that's selected, Instead of using the weird hardware solution I'm currently wearing with me.
1. Youmoji ?!
See, Letterman lists always end with a strange battle line it's not usually very funny. So, let's do something else with Animoji and Memoji. iPad Pro users have access to the fancy TrueDepth sensor, and we like to have fun sometimes too.
But it's okay if I do not get this, as long as I get the other nine.