The iPad Pro is widely considered the best iPad of all time, and yet on the surface it doesn’t appear to be quite the total package. You see, it seems Apple is holding back some desired features for iPad Pro 2, such as 3D Touch controls (more on that later – make sure you read to the end).
However, like most advanced gadgets, the iPad Pro has a few tricks up its sleeve. To make sure you get the most out of your device, here are three tips (and one genius hack) to improve your iPad Pro experience.
Tip #1: Picture-in-picture
There are several new display features on the iPad Pro which allow users to multitask with ease. The first, and the simplest to discover, is picture-in-picture (PIP).
When a user is watching video content in a supported app such as Hulu (YouTube and Netflix do not support PIP capabilities), and they need to press the home button – perhaps to check a text message or to quickly search for something in Safari – the video would previously pause and the app would close down. With PIP, the video continues playing in the player, which shrinks down to the corner of the screen and can be moved around. To get back to the app, you just tap the video. To stop the video playing without re-entering the app, double click the home button or swipe up with four fingers.
Tip #2: Split View
Speaking of multitasking, Split View does exactly what you’d think – it allows the user to divide their iPad Pro screen between two apps, running them both simultaneously.
To achieve Split View, swipe from the right of the screen and you’ll launch your first app in the Slide Over view. If you then tap the white handle next to the second app you’d like to open, it will fill the empty half of your screen. This is ideal for anyone working on the go.
Tip #3: Use the keyboard as a touchpad
To help speed things up even more, and to avoid getting frustrated when typing or reading, there is a little trick that you can use on iOS 9 for the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2.
When you’re trying to highlight a particular word (or you’re trying to position the cursor in a particular place), it can be a little tricky to do what you need to without overshooting. To avoid this, users can simply move two fingers over the keyboard on screen and it will transform it into a virtual touchpad, allowing you to have greater control over what you’re doing. It might not sound like much, but trust us; the extra precision is amazing!
Genius hack: 3D Touch controls
We promised you one genius hack and also mentioned that we’d be discussing 3D Touch controls later in the article. In case you hadn’t put two and two together, the hack involves 3D Touch!
Apple may not have included 3D Touch controls in the iPad Pro’s specifications, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there, hidden. iOS developer Hamza Sood managed to jailbreak through the barriers of iOS 9 and adjust the system code to introduce this feature.
You see, the Apple Pencil which comes with the iPad Pro has a pressure sensitive nib, so it made perfect sense to assume that 3D Touch controls should have been possible – at least through the stylus. As we said at the beginning of this article, many believe Apple is holding this feature back to encourage users to buy the next generation of iPad Pro; however, this might have now backfired.
To test Sood’s method of introducing 3D Touch controls to your own jailbroken iPad Pro, you can find the source code here.
We hope you’ll now get the most out of your iPad Pro, or that you now want to give this amazing tablet a go if you’ve yet to get your hands on one. If buying one is a bit out of your price range, we offer great leasing options – why not take a look?