Apple Addresses iPad Pro Charging Issues; Why Devs Won’t Make iPad Pro Apps

By on November 25, 2015 | 1:55 pm
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November 25, 2015 | 1:55 pm

The iPad Pro is meant to be the answer to all of Apple’s iPad problems. With sales of their tablet line in decline, the iPad Pro, with its large screen and its Apple Pencil stylus accessory, was meant to appeal to designers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals who need a device that’s powerful enough for them to keep working even when they’re on the go. According to reviews, the iPad Pro does offer that (even if it isn’t a total replacement for a laptop or a desktop computer) but the problem is that charging issues and a lack of one key iOS feature is turning off those who own the tablet and those who’d like to develop it.

According to many reports from the tablet’s users, charging the iPad Pro the tablet often causes it to freeze. On the Apple support forum, one user complained that when they went to bed, they put the tablet on charge (it was at 40% battery life at the time) but when they woke up, their iPad Pro was dead, leading them to perform a hard reset on the device in order to get it to work. And this wasn’t a one-off issue either, as it proceeded to happen twice more that very same day.

Varying reports say that the problem occurs when they leave it to charge overnight or even when they leave it to charge for one hour, and Apple’s advice is simply to hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until the Apple logo appears. While most users affected won’t find this information particularly helpful, Apple does at least say that they are on the case and are investigating the issue.

But this isn’t the only thorn in Apple’s side, as iPad Pro app developers (or rather, would-be iPad Pro app devs) are complaining about iOS 9’s restrictions. According to The Verge, many app developers are complaining that the operating system doesn’t allow them to offer a ‘free trial’ option for their apps. The publication spoke to the developers behind Mac design app Sketch (which costs $99), they explained that “apps on iOS sell for unsustainably low prices due to the lack of trials. We cannot port Sketch to the iPad if we have no reasonable expectation of earning back on our investment.”

While there are a few people who would argue that the problem is that prices are too high and that they should be making more affordable apps anyway, this line of thinking greatly misses the point. Those using the iPad Pro for businesses purposes often can afford or are willing to pay high prices for high quality software, but as the Sketch team notes, “we wouldn’t dare ask someone to pay $99 without having seen or tried it first.” People want to be able to pay for the best software out there, but how are they meant to commit when they are unable to shop around or test the apps with a free iPad Pro trial?

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