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That's why the 2018 iPad Pro is the better iPhone 11 Pro

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The different sizes of iPads and iPhones only differ marginally today. In my column I explain to you why the iPad Pro 2018 is actually the better iPhone 11.

For years, the iPad was just a bigger iPhone for watching films and communicating in society via FaceTime or reading e-books. But over the years, not only did the size of the iPads increase, and with it the selection of products, but also new variations came onto the market. The reputation of the iPad increased enormously in society within a few years. But why is the iPhone losing its reputation compared to the iPad? It is precisely this thesis that I would like to get to the bottom of in this report.

iOS is not just iOS

For years, the iPhone was the trademark for Apple products around the world. The update guarantee of a good four to five years for iPhone and the like alone convinced the buyer straight away. Despite its identical software, the iPad was more in the background. This was fine for a few years as the digital world wasn't that mobile and the iPads weren't designed for work. But then iPadOS came into being.

But that changed more and more year after year, because the iPad got more and more practical functions such as the split screen to allow two apps to run side by side at the same time. The iPhone still lacks this function to this day. And that is extremely unfortunate, since Apple has recently started marketing all of its products with the appendix “Pro”. The new iPad Pros from 2018 are now taking over functions such as FaceID from the new iPhones. But iOS offers a simple and innovative operation and, since iOS 13, even more freedom for the user by exchanging files with external media than years before.

The iPad takes over software features of the iPhone

Anyone who owns an iPad knows exactly how innovative and simple the Apple software is to use. The basic structure of the system is clear within 24 hours. But now I see some heads shaking. Both devices, the iPhone and the iPad, offer similar software at the core of the system, but despite the steadily increasing display size of the iPhones, some software features are withheld compared to the iPad.

On the other hand, if you look at the Android competition, you immediately notice that things like a split screen run smoothly on smartphones with four inches. Despite this knowledge, Apple only implements these functions in their iPads, although the new iPhones have now become so large that this feature could easily be built in as well. In addition, the developers from Cupertino would not even have to make major changes to the code for this. That would easily grab the iPhone with all its CPU power and handle such operations with ease. Yes, the iPad has the larger display in contrast to the iPhone, but it also has relatively poorer CPUs. And you can see: hardly anyone can hold a candle to CPUs at the moment.

The iPhone 11 Pro is an innovative but limited smartphone

In the meantime, one has the feeling that Apple is no longer taking the iPhone so seriously, and that the development is currently being put into the iPad. Yes, the "pro" in the new devices is intended to attract pro users. But the system only impresses a few pros, as you still have no access to manual camera settings on the iPhone. The iPad, on the other hand, with its camera is more used to collect documents and replace the scanner, where there is hardly any need for individual settings. Who changes the ISO value for a document scan? The gestures on iPhones and iPads are identical, which is why you get used to them in no time.

The iPhone offers a lot of what a Pro needs, such as the enormous CPU power. Nonetheless, an iPad offers more practical features. Be it the split screen or "slide-over", where you can open the calendar, safari or the like, among other things. The functions are also suitable for an iPhone in everyday life, but only the iPads have them.


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Customizable app bar on the iPad

Anyone who owns an iPad can understand what I mean. The iPad can accommodate a variable number of apps in the bar. The iPhone has always only been a maximum of four. With the iPad, you can also see the last used apps, among other things, and these are also displayed in the bar. This would be insanely handy for multitasking on iPhone.

Imagine sending an email and opening the Files app or Photos app in the app bar and simply dragging and dropping the photo or document without clicking through the menus. The function is still withheld from the iPad to this day. And it doesn't matter whether it's a small iPad Mini or iPad Pro.

ipados split screen

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Face ID should adapt to every posture

If you have an iPad Pro, you can lie down comfortably on the couch, position it to the side and hold the iPad as you feel. You can hold the iPad upside down, sideways or straight. That is not an obstacle for Face ID. And that's exactly where you despair as an iPhone user. Because you have to hold the iPhone upright in front of your face so that the iPhone is unlocked. Especially with the iPhone, which is always with you and used in almost every situation in life, this function, which works on the iPad, should also exist on the iPhone.

Connectivity options that the iPhone lacks

Anyone who knows a lot of people who own an iPhone is probably in luck. But the majority of the circle of friends already have USB-C for charging, even with cheap Android devices. As an iPhone user, you're in a bad position. With the iPad, on the other hand, Apple has taken the right step and installed USB-C, albeit without Thunderbolt 3. With this, Apple has done a lot towards the future.

The conclusion

Both devices are very similar. Isn't to be expected otherwise, since both use the same basic system with iOS. Apple's tablet has evolved over the years and has functions that the iPhone lacks. With iPadOS, it offers a spin-off from iOS. And that's partly a good thing, because an iPad will in future stand for more productivity and will also be used more and more in the education sector.

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Nicholas Schulte

The different sizes of iPads and iPhones only differ marginally today. LOL
In addition, how should a tablet and a cell phone be compared? So the title doesn't make a lot of sense, because why should I only buy the iPad instead of the iPhone?

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