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20th March 2020
Morning everyone – despite everything that’s happened in the past week I’ve decided to be very British about the whole thing and just ignore it and carry on with Browns Bytes. I’ve already talked about Covid-19 last week, so have decided to distract you with something a bit more in line with our usual content…
Despite all the upheaval in the UK, this week actually had some interesting news for the world of Enterprise Mobile. Apple announced two new products! Reflecting how unusual things are at present, Apple decided to launch these two items with a Press Release – no fanfare, no gathering, not even an online event – just a couple of items on the Apple Newsroom website.
So, let’s focus on one of these – the new iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro has always been a fascinating device. Its premium pricing compared to other iPads and the overall shift away from tablets in the consumer space has meant that it is often marketed as more of a business tool than a personal one. This release appears to be no different.
As you would expect with any new Apple product, there are the usual bigger, better, faster iterations on the hardware and the new iPad doesn’t disappoint in this area with new CPU, cameras, audio, LiDAR(!), etc.
For me though, what is particularly interesting is what’s coming in iPadOS 13.4 to support a new accessory…
The trackpad is here!
Seems rather mundane when first mentioned, but in an enterprise context this has always been the Achilles heel of any tablet when trying to access traditional apps & websites – fat fingers are not the same as a mouse pointer.
Well, now we have a fully-fledged multi-touch gesture capability on the trackpad – presumably similar in concept to that already deployed on MacBook’s.
This is a game-changer – I mentioned in a previous Byte some time ago about rumours that this ability would be coming and it appears to have taken a bit longer than we thought to happen, but it’s here!
I said before that this would be a gamechanger – iPad as a desktop replacement??? Not impossible maybe… and it certainly hots up the comparison between the Microsoft Surface and iPad
Definitely one to watch. It’s not cheap but expect these to crop up in organisations as soon as stock is available. Get in touch if you’d like us to give you some pricing/leasing options for these and other Apple / Microsoft hardware.