What is the biggest disappointment of the new iPad Pro in iOS 12?

The new third-generation iPad Pro hit the market in late 2018 to become the best tablet in history. And he got it. It offers great improvements with respect to previous generations, especially at the hardware and design level. But everything that glitters is not gold.

There are some software features that do not convince users, such as the application download confirmation functionality through facial recognition. A feature that forces you to press twice on the lock button in the App Store, especially uncomfortable in a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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But today we come to talk about another software problem related to the third generation iPad Pro. Actually, it is not a problem as such, but rather a limitation established by the company of the bitten apple. In this article, we will discuss the issue, and try to discern why this limitation.

Apple has limited the iOS 12 software in the new iPad Pro

It turns out that Apple does not allow iOS 12 users to split the virtual keyboard of the screen of the new third-generation iPad Pro. That’s right, it’s an option that is not available in both the 11-inch model and the 12.9-inch model. If you access General> Keyboard you will not see this function.

The divided keyboard of iOS 12 offers the possibility to write on the screen in a much more comfortable way. The keyboard can be “Divided” in two parts, one on each side, and you can “Release” to reposition it to suit each user.

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Of course, Apple has not spoken about it or offered any kind of explanation on the subject. The only thing they have mentioned in the guide of their official website is that “the split keyboard option is not available in the iPad Pro”.

Why does not Apple want you to use the split keyboard on the iPad Pro?

Apple has launched its new iPad Pro models to prevent users from using the keyboard functionality divided into their tablets. A function that, by the way, is very useful especially in the model with a 12.9-inch screen. But before trying to discover why Apple has done this, we must enter precedents talking about certain features about the design of the tablet that could be related to this issue.

Recall that the new iPad Pro 2018 has compatibility with the Apple Pencil second generation. Up there well. The Apple Pencil 2 can be charged wirelessly by attaching to one side of the iPad Pro. Therefore, Apple decided that the edges of the iPad Pro had to be completely flat. Well, we continue.

It is also important to remember that the iPad Pro 2018 is the thinnest tablet in the history of Apple. Everything seems advantages, right? It is not like this. Finally, let’s go to the heart of the matter: having flat edges (less compact) and being a tablet so thin, it creates a much greater pressure force on its surface. Therefore, the third generation iPad Pro can be folded relatively easily with regular use of a split keyboard. Is this the reason why Apple has disabled the split keyboard of iOS 12 in these models?

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Who knows. That may be one of the reasons. Although we have never experienced any problems with the design of the iPad Pro in this regard. But it is also true that we have not tried to exert the force on the tablet to bend it. We do not even think about doing it!

Now … there is another reason why Apple could have limited the iOS 12 software to not be able to split the keyboard of its new iPad Pro models. Let’s remember: did not Apple introduce a new Smart Keyboard Folio with its tablets?

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