Commentary: It’s time for Apple’s “Pro” phones to get software that actually makes them more professional.
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in a few days, Apple is expected to preview the next versions of iOS and iPadOS (likely called ), I hope for new software 12 Pro Max and Pro models The lineup will have more pro features. Currently, apart from the word “pro”, what differentiates a Price is there, stainless steel edges, different finishes and features like extra RAM, a telephoto camera and hardware who helps , Autofocus and AR in low light environments.
The next iteration of iOS needs more advanced features and settings that are designed only for the Pro iPhone models. This will not only target a more knowledgeable user, but will also provide a clear distinction between a regular iPhone and a pro. And thisIts 6.7-inch display requires even more software features to take advantage of its larger screen.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad 2 in 2011, he said, “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone isn’t enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that gives us results that Let our hearts sing. And no where is this more true than in these post-PC devices.”
Ten years later, Apple is still at that metaphorical intersection of technology and liberal arts, but it’s no longer the nice clean corner that Jobs presented. The models in the iPhone 12 lineup are incredibly similar, with the 12 Pro Max being an outlier. other devices such asApple’s MacBook laptops share a significant Venn-diagram overlap with their line. By all accounts, the iPad Pro runs like a Mac and zooms in like a Mac, but it doesn’t behave like one. Despite its “pro” hardware it still uses the same software as the iPad Air and iPhone. Where are the “pro” apps? Where are the advanced OS features that take advantage of M1-chip power? Improvements in Apple’s hardware technology outpace the software running it and in turn limit how people use it creatively, scientifically, professionally, and personally.
With the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, Apple opened the door to iOS features for the first time. The 6 Plus was the first iPhone to have a really large screen, which gave it some opportunities for software features in iOS 8 that no other iPhone had. For example, if you rotated the 6 Plus to the landscape position, the Mail app will show a list of inbox messages on the left side of the screen and the current message on the right. It wasn’t revolutionary, but it showed how a bigger-screen iPhone could get its own unique iOS features. And I expected Apple to add more.
But the days of the iPhone Plus are behind us. iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max had their own special in 2020That 12 and 12 mini was lacking. In the Camera app for 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, you can take . The mode is activated in the Settings app, which adds a .
Still, aside from hardware differences, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max (like their iPad Pro cousins) aren’t very “pro” in terms of software. I understand that the word “pro” is largely about marketing. Still I’d love to see iOS 15 have more advanced features, especially those that take advantage of the larger screen., 12 Pro Max and, when it is likely to be announced, .
What about bringing some aesthetics and interfaces from the iPad to the next iPhone Pro Max? A home screen rotating between portrait and landscape would be welcome. The ability to have split-screen apps, even if it’s limited to the larger screen on the Pro Max model, would be great. And I know I’m in the minority on this, but I’d also like to see some kind of Apple Pencil support. There could also be an Apple Pencil Mini designed specifically for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
But let’s not stop at the home screen and general interface stuff. majority ofWith more detailed controls for camera settings. Yes, we have the Apple Pro Raw button, but why not unlock the full-on Pro Photo mode in the iOS 15 camera app?
Even though iPad runs on iPadOS, your own flavor of iOS, please allow iPhone apps running on iPad Pro to be rotated to landscape position. Combined with the iPad’s ability to split-screen apps, this will not only look great but offer a whole new level of multitasking.
There are only a few days left for the launch of the next version of iOS. And I expect Apple to add more advanced features that are designed not only to strengthen the appeal of the iPhone “Pro” model but also to provide users with a more refined experience. The company might not go as far as calling it iOS Pro, which has a nice ring to it, but hopefully it puts more of a liberal arts influence in the technology it currently makes. And for those who say that in a million years Apple isn’t going to do this, let me remind you. over the years, many With all the features and hardware of a regular iPhone. And the 12 Mini was the answer we expected.
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