Initial Thoughts on iPad Pro

Fraser Speirs:

The iPad Pro will immediately suit people who need its unique physical characteristics: large screen for sharing content with others side-by-side. Artists looking for a better pen experience will be attracted to it right away. Is the iPad Pro the iPad that schools will roll out 1:1 all over the world? Absolutely not. Would it make a great single machine for the average teacher? It could, if the surrounding network and cloud infrastructure is in place (which it rarely is, sadly).

After a few days of reading and thinking on the iPad Pro, Speirs's thoughts sum up my own nicely. My dream setup would be to have a Retina iMac at home and an iPad Pro for working on the go and in the classroom. Unfortunately, right now there are too many systems in place by my school district that wouldn't allow me to do that.

Beyond that, services I use daily like Squarespace still make the iPad feel like a second class citizen. Until that changes, I will not be able to make an iPad Pro work for me.

I see the iPad Pro not so much as a laptop replacement for anyone who has invested 20+ years in being a laptop user. No, the iPad Pro is the "laptop" for people who, today, are 12-16 years old who will graduate from High School in the next few years and look for the next-level iOS device to take them to college and beyond into a career.

The iPad Pro isn't so much about the iPad Pro today as it is about what it and iOS will become by 2020: Apple's vision for the future of personal computing.

My 2nd graders are all much more literate on iPads than PCs. I believe with the advancements that have and will come to iOS, this is a completely attainable vision.