Apple on Monday announced significant changes are coming to the iPad’s operating system this fall with the release of iOS 11.
The changes demoed on stage made it clear Apple is working hard at changing user behavior – and perhaps more importantly, perception – of the iPad lineup. Instead of viewing and using the device for watching movies or passively checking email, Apple wants users to treat it as a computer. Or as ZDNet’s Ross Rubin puts it, with iOS 11 Apple’s iPad has a grown up.
As someone who used to work primarily on an iPad Pro, and eventually grew too frustrated with the lack of meaningful updates to improve the computing experience, I am very intrigued and hopeful about the changes in iOS 11.