Apple is Finally Turning the iPad into a PC-Killer!
iPads have become the medium-sized screen of choice for people to have a lean-back experience and enjoy their favorite leisure content and activities. Industry hyperbole was rampant when the iPad was released in 2010 that it was going to kill PCs, followed by the press writing off the iPad and tablets as a whole in 2014 when the tablet market growth slowed down. Now, at WWDC2015, Apple has added features through iOS9 to the iPad family that truly allow it to be computer alternatives.
Trackpad mode in QuickType – You can turn on a trackpad with cursor by placing two fingers on the keyboard, which enables highlighting, selecting, cursor movement, and many other functions we’re used to with a computer trackpad.
Shortcut Bar – Cut/Copy/Paste, Format Fonts, add Attachments, or take a picture you’re your Camera to attach, all from a shortcut bar on top of the on-screen keyboard.
Slide Over – Kick off a second app when you’re still on the first, so you can do your social thing while you’re still working, or reply to the boss while you’re watching Game of Thrones.
Split View – View two apps side by side, so you can type an email while looking up a file on Office or Evernote.
Picture-in-Picture (PiP) – Whether you’re FaceTiming with your family while working on the road, or doing a video call with your co-workers while being productive with meeting notes, you can have two visual windows simultaneously.
The piece that brings this all together to deliver on the promise that Apple’s iOS software now enables, is Phorm. By allowing users to truly type immersively, Phorm allows you to do all of these multi-tasking productivity-oriented tasks with ease. If anything, the multiple windows that are going to demand our visual attention on iPads with iOS9 will make no-look typing with Phorm a must-have.
by RK Parthasarathy, Sales and Marketing VP at Tactus Technology