In a Techpions article, Jan Dawson, founder and chief analyst at Jackdaw, a technology research and consulting firm, says the iPad Pro is hampered by its reliance on the traditional iOS and suggests a special, modified version of the operating system for the super-sized iPad.
He calls its podOS. Clever, but why not simply give us an iPad Pro (or MacPad) running OS X?
Here’s Jim’s suggestion: “What a separate padOS would allow Apple to do is break the set of expectations that come with iOS and to start to allow this new operating system to flourish in a way it can’t when it’s strapped so tightly to the rest of the iOS portfolio. UI changes, new interaction models, and more would make perfect sense on the iPad Pro that would be nonsensical on the iPhone and vice versa. Separating the two would allow the best features that make universal sense to exist on both platforms, while also allowing each flavor to be optimized for the devices that run it.
“Split-screen multitasking, picture-in-picture and other new features Apple introduced in iOS 9 suggest at least some of this can be done within a single universal operating system. But the grid of icons that characterizes iOS feels like the wrong model for the iPad Pro, where the massive amount of real estate on the home screen could be put to more efficient use. The problem is, both users and Apple engineers working on software for the iPad may well feel like the iOS badge comes with certain expectations that can’t be broken, even on a new form factor.”
He adds that padOS wouldn’t be a “touch-first” operating system. If that’s the route, Apple wanted to take, why not go with Mac OS X instead?
The main problem with my suggestion is that there’s no OS X support for something like the Apple Pencil, one of the big selling points of the iPad Pro. I’m sure it wouldn’t be a trivial task, but I’m sure the geniuses at Apple can develop the features that would allow OS X support of the Apple Pencil.