Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Merging iPads and Macs Into One Device
Apple may be looking to merge the Macs and iPads in a all-in-one device. Apple could do this by bringing macOS functionality to iPads and making it possible to use both the mouse and keyboard to operate the devices. It could also be considered altering its position in the hardware market on touchscreens.
Manage both your Mac and iPad with one keyboard and mouse
You can control two Apple devices by using one keyboard as well as a mouse. In the macOS Catalina version introduced this function. The feature allows users to transform their iPad into a secondary display, extending their Mac desktop onto a different monitor.
Sign into each device, after which you must activate Universal Control. After that, you are able to use the devices and switch between the two by using the same Apple ID and two-factor authentication.
To begin using Universal Control, your two devices must have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as Handoff enabled. Additionally, they should be within 10 meters of one another.
After the devices are joined, the cursor is able to move around on the main display of your Mac. It is not possible to use swipe-based finger actions to drag the cursor within the Mac.
In macOS Display Preferences there is the option to change the order in which linked devices are displayed. To do this, click on the Settings icon within the menu bar. Select the option for Display.
MacOS-like multitasking on the iPad
iPad users have the latest feature designed to bring macOS-like multitasking capabilities to the iPad. The new update will allow users to open up to eight apps using the external display.
Stage Manager is a new feature that combines desktop files and allows users to open several apps. Switch between apps by touching a thumbnail, or by moving your finger up from the display.
The Stage Manager is a fantastic feature for Mac users. But it’s not ideal. The feature was criticized by many, with others highlighting its unsuitability for iPads.
Stage Manager will now be available for iPadOS 16.1. Contrary to macOS the Stage Manager is not turned on in the default. The feature will become available through Control Centre for iPadOS 16 users.
Stage Manager also makes it easy to switch between screens. The iPad’s most frustrating feature is that you can have two applications on the same screen.
It should reconsider its attitude towards touchscreens.
A touchscreen is just one way Apple can encourage customers to buy its new iPad and Mac. The company has been reluctant to offer this option for years. They don’t think it would enhance the user interaction, and would make the user interface even more difficult.
But, consumers are becoming more accepting of hybrids between laptop and tablet but they’re not lighting the entire industry to ablaze. Numerous tech writers and analysts are of the opinion that Apple will include touchscreens on Macs soon.
While this may sound as a great idea, there are a lot of issues that come with this idea. One reason is that many people aren’t comfortable having a touchscreen. It’s because using a touchscreen can be awkward. Additionally, they’re too big and can’t reach the tiny objects you need.
There’s no word on what time frame it’ll take. Apple is believed to be working on the release of a number of upgrades to its hardware over the coming years.