Parenting is all about understanding the differences between the good, the bad, and the ugly, and learning to love your children despite what damage they cause to your mind and body. Children are like iPads. They hold much promise but it will not be fulfilled until adulthood.
iPads have promise but only promise– until you upgrade to iPadOS 13. I consider it the adolescent of computers. How so?
Well, think about it. iPad is not a Mac. iPad is easier to use. Children find a touch screen and gesture navigation far easier than Mac’s trackpad or mouse, right? Power users use a Mac. Computer neophytes use an iPad.
Like an adolescent, iPad is growing up. No, it is not a Mac yet, but it is more adult-like now, thanks to iPadOS 13.
What makes this a worthwhile upgrade?
Windows – Yeah, strange, right? Windows on an iPad? But that is what you get; floating windows here, split-screen there, and something new to learn. That is good. What is bad is, well, something new to learn and the time it takes to get those new features to work in your workflow.
Work just sounds wrong but iPadOS 13 is more mature and maturity means work.
Desktop Safari – Apple decided that Safari on iPad should work like Safari on the Mac so instead of viewing websites in mobile-mode, most websites will display in desktop mode; think complex vs. crippled.
This is a new look so it can be disconcerting.
Home Screen – I like this. iPad’s home screen always seemed, well, skinny; out of sorts, misplaced, as if waiting for someone to figure out what to do with all the space. Now you can pack in more icons, view widgets and permanently pin them on the display, and even get the iPad’s cute little keyboard to float around.
What is not to like? Try grabbing text; tap and drag. Or, is it drag and tap? How do you highlight again? This is not natural. Now I have to buy another stylus and tape it to my pinkie.
Dark Mode – Who was asking for this? What Apple customer had so much influence that Apple paid attention? Was it Steve Jobs haunting from the Dark Side? Dark Mode? Overrated.
Files App Tools – This is not your father’s iPadOS. Consider Files to be the Mac’s Finder for the point-and-click impaired; the way to find files; or, copy, duplicate, move, delete, Quick Look, add Tags, Rename, Share, Compress, and do all those things you can do with the Mac’s Finder but on an iPad.
There is much to like, some things to be sad about, and a few things that need a night course at a nearby community college (or, a visit to the Apple Store; same thing) to learn, but you can’t knock free. Unless you have an iPad Air in which case you must upgrade to something newer to get iPadOS 13.