iOS Confused

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by cosmichobo, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. cosmichobo macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2006

    Can someone clear this up for me.

    When the iPad Pros came out - did they also get their own version of the OS? Or - the same OS but with extra features?

    So, Apple is now running Mac OS, iOS, and iOSPro?


  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
  3. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2008
    iOS... Features are available dependant on what your hardware is. For instance, when SIRI came out, it was on the OS, but was not available for iPhone 4 users due to hardware limitations
  4. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    This. The features for each device is dependent on which device the software is running on, as well as the OS version.
  5. cosmichobo thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2006
    Ok - but, if I buy the latest iPad, but not the Pro, there are features that I cannot access because, although it's the latest iPad, it isn't an iPad Pro...?
  6. drysdalk macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2014

    At the moment, there isn't really much an iPad Pro can do that a "normal" iPad can't. There are a few things certainly: the Pro has the Smart Keyboard (which uses the Pro's unique Smart Connector), and it has the Pencil, but other than that hardware-wise it's just a faster iPad with more RAM, mostly. So it allows you to use more apps at a time in multitasking than an Air or Air 2 would because of the extra RAM, and some apps might have functionality that require or works best with the Pencil. But in terms of the actual core features offered by iOS, there's no difference between the Pro and non-Pro iPads.
  7. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2008
    If they are hardware related then yes... Apple is not in the habit of blocking features based on the model you purchase. It would have to be something that the iPad couldn't do over the Pro.
  8. KeanosMagicHat macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2012
    Although the "hardware limitations" of Siri was just marketing schtick by Apple to sell the 4S in greater numbers.

    Siri as a standalone app had worked perfectly well, in fact better, on a 3GS (and possibly a 3G) before it was purchased by Apple.

    For those that didn't use Siri back when it was an independent app, if you look at the available usage videos, it was arguably even more contextually aware than it is today on iOS 10.

    A similar marketing strategy may be used to introduce Dark Mode on the iPhone 8 with it's OLED screen.
  9. cosmichobo thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2006
    Ah, ok - specifically I was under the impression that the Pro could do multi tasking / cross between apps better than non Pro iPads. Presumably this is mistaken.
  10. Vorkeyjones macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2016

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