Imagining a 13-inch iPad Pro

Great piece by Rene Ritchie of iMore.com:

The minute Apple launches one hotly rumored device, be it the iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, a new rumored device races up to take its place in the mill. Enter a 13-inch “iPad Pro” – a concept that leapt to every geek’s mind the moment they heard Apple adopt that other MacBook brand. And since Apple’s already gone down in size, where’s left to go but up? Now I’m not so much interested in the rumor – there will always be rumors – but in how Apple could realize such an object. In how iOS could be scaled to that screen size, and what it would provide beyond the existing, 9.7-inch iPad, or the 11-inch or 13-inch MacBook Air.

iPad Pro

After debating the ins and outs of how Apple might accomplish the iPad Pro, he concludes with:

Whether or not Apple will or even should make a 13-inch iPad Pro remains to be seen. Certainly a lot of artists, designers, photographers, maybe even gamers would love as big an iPad as Apple can provide. Regardless, increasing screen size is a painful thing. If Apple does indeed go to a 5-inch iPhone or a 13-inch iPad next year or at some point in the future, they’ll have to figure out the best way to handle it for them, for their customers, and for their developers. They may even have to re-visit the concept of how apps manifest on the screen. If and when they do, will it still be one step at a time? With the iPhone’s increase in size preface another increase in density? Will the iPad’s increase in density preface an increase in size? Or will Apple rip the resolution bandage off all at once?

iPad Pro
I would likely snap up an iPad Pro in an instant.  
 
Whilst in years gone by, I couldn’t imagine travelling without a full-fledged OS X laptop, I’m increasingly finding that the apps and features on my iPad allow me to accomplish the tasks as well, and in some cases better.  Tools such as Jump Desktop and Prompt give me full server access, the Chrome browser gives me all my sites and bookmarks, 1Password has all my passwords and access details, Dropbox has all my files and EverNote has all my notes, images and snippets of code.  Most of my favourite enterprise apps now have excellent mobile apps (way better than their desktop ones, if they exist) – Jive, IBM Connections, IBM Sametime etc. Add in great Twitter clients like Twitterrific and Tweetbot, and cool and powerful editors such as Editorial and I really do have my office with me wherever I go.
 
So if the more extreme of Rene’s ideas did come to fruition and we had a 13” iPad Pro with 4K display, I really do think that the days of trawling round with multiple kilos of keyboard, USB, SSD, trackpad and the like would be over.  We shall see!
Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!
  • Harald Gaerttner

    No way I would be interested in that. For what I do with an iPad (and that’s a lot as it replaces my home computer for 90%) the current screen is more than sufficient. Stuff I do includes cutting videos and editing photos. But also using Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

    For anything bigger I would go with a MacBook Air (if it finally gets Retina) or MacBook Pro … which shouldn’t be too much in price difference to a bigger iPad anyway.

    Same is valid for the iPhone. I don’t mind if they squeeze out some space on the screen with a smaller bezel … but I never would buy a much bigger iPhone. For all the things I do with it, it’s still a phone. In case I want something bigger I would aim for an iPad mini.

    But even then – the mini lost a lot of interest for me since the iPad Air. The mini would become of interest again if my need for a full computer grows and I use that one more. In that case a iPhone – iPad mini – MacBook combination could become an option.

    So far I feel well with just the iPhone and iPad Air. Still thinking about the MacBook. But it’s a nice-too-have (and an expensive nice-to-have) so I still live with my old Windows Netbook … also its a rather unhappy relation 😉