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With iPadOS, Apple is issuing a challenge to itself

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In recent years, Apple’s vision for the iPad has always been clear. Its tablet isn’t trying to be a Mac or a Windows PC. But it’s also not content with being something fundamentally less useful and versatile. Particularly in its high-end iPad Pro variant, the device sheds the several decades of cruft built up by other platforms in favor of an experience that’s more streamlined and modern–but not dumbed-down.

However, people who want to push the iPad to its limits–like me–have had to be patient. Apple has turned the vision into reality in fits and starts, and the iPad has sometimes felt like a side project at a company that understandably lavishes most of its attention on the iPhone, the most successful product of all time.

In 2017, iOS 11 offered the iPad its meatiest software upgrade ever, with new multitasking features that let power users leap between apps with balletic grace. But a year later, iOS 12 did little to build on that foundation. Shortly........

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