iOS 9 and the iPad

It is no secret that the iPad, though still the best tablet that money can buy, has been going through a rough patch as far as its sales are concerned. A lot has been said about what Apple has to do and what Apple is been planning to do to address this issue. I have blogged about it in the past and have always claimed that software, as in iOS 9 has a major part in making the iPad more than just a bigger iPhone. Today at WWDC, Apple announced some iOS 9 features specifically targeted at the iPad, to make it more productive.

iOS 9 for the iPad has an improve keyboard and a pseudo mouse mode (invoked by double tapping the keyboard) in it (Source: Apple.com)

iOS 9 for the iPad has an improve keyboard and a pseudo mouse mode (invoked by double tapping the keyboard) in it (Source: Apple.com)

Amongst these were an improved keyboard with more shortcuts like cut, copy and paste right on the keyboard, a powerful split view (similar to the one on Mac OS X El Capitan) mode and a picture in picture mode for watching videos while doing something else on the iPad (yeah it is the same feature that you have seen and fallen in love with on the Samsung Ads!). None of these alone are going to dramatically improves iPad sales numbers overnight, but all of them together and some improved hardware that is rumored to arrive very soon, might push the iPad in the right direction. 

iOS for iPad has a new multitasking mode where two Apps can work simultaneously side by side from 50-50 to 70-30 layouts (Source: Apple.com)

iOS for iPad has a new multitasking mode where two Apps can work simultaneously side by side from 50-50 to 70-30 layouts (Source: Apple.com)

Along with the keyboard improvement one interesting feature I want to try out to see its usefulness, is when you tap on the iPad keyboard with two fingers and move around, it acts like a mouse. It seems really interesting and Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, seemed to find it really easy to use during the demo. If this works well, this is the first time ever we could use a mouse with the iPad and it might be really useful for people using iPad for some serious work. The split view works similar to how it works on the Android tablets, but looks more similar to Microsoft's Metro multitasking mode (this is the second time Windows has showed up already in today's WWDC, hmmm).  

Apple's take on picture-in-picture on iOS 9 for iPad (Source: Apple.com)

Apple's take on picture-in-picture on iOS 9 for iPad (Source: Apple.com)