The iPad Pro was launched and the performance tests of at least the processor show that it has a performance quite equivalent to that of a notebook. Taking into account the size of the screen (which is multi-touch), the Smart Keyboard accessory and a Lightning connector with transfer speeds from USB 3.0, we have a tablet that could even become a computer replacement for some people.
Now stop and think about the current scenario of applications for iPads. It is clear that there is a lot of good, applications created with the big screens in mind, that take advantage of not only them but also the greater graphic processing power. On the other hand, there are many other celebrities, including those that use the development of smaller screens for iPhones as a basis and stretch to make their presence felt on iPads.
Ladies and gentlemen, Twitter on the iPad Pro pic.twitter/iYxpmPQwYV
– Federico Viticci (@viticci) November 11, 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Twitter app on the iPad Pro.
For Steve Strega suggested something that could really change that scenario: a Xcode for iPads. If Apple released its development software for tablets, many developers could choose to create applications directly on the iPad Pro.
Now you have a tablet powerful enough to run an IDE, with a very good keyboard cover and a screen large enough to cover all the functionality of Xcode, capable of testing almost all the features of all iOS devices already released. You can code with the keyboard and test in multi-touch. You could work at a desk and take your entire development environment with you to the couch, bed or plane.
Apart from some features like 3D Touch, for example, developers could really test almost everything directly on the iPad's touch screen, which can be much more interesting than running the simulator on Macs.
Imagine if Xcode was released not only for iPad Pro, but for iPads in general. The iPad mini's screen is definitely not good enough for something like that, but the iPad Air's screen would be minimally viable. Thus, Apple would reduce the investment needed to be able to become a developer and create apps for its ecosystem. Apple's most affordable notebook costs $ 900. Not to mention, of course, that such a move could please many people, especially students who currently prefer to work on the iPad and may even have already abandoned the Mac.
Both John Gruber (from Daring Fireball) and Federico Viticci (from MacStories) have heard of an internal Apple project on the subject. Who knows, this may not be a good surprise for WWDC 2016