I told myself to wait until the second public beta was released. Today’s the day and I took the plunge. After a couple hours, all is well. I didn’t download the original beta, so I can’t comment on changes, but first impressions - safari is waayyy better, I love the new home screen, and the pencil latency improvement is noticeable.
I am not normally the intrepid type that installs beta software, but I have longed for these new features on iPad for so long, I couldn’t resist any more. I have seen a few bug and wonky user interface artifacts (e.g., resizing screenshots is sometimes tough), but mostly it has been quite stable for me.
One cannot exaggerate how important these new features are. Most of the challenges I have in being able to rely solely on my iPad for everything is really in the hands of 3rd party developers, not Apple, now. Many of the things I can’t do on an iPad is because some feature of the software I’m using is missing on the iPad version. Perfect example for me is being able to compare versions in Microsoft Word or having the ability to create, manage, and edit styles. Maybe with the ability to open multiple documents, running a compare will be possible.
Of course, until there is a compiler and the ability to install your own software, you’ll never really be able to develop on the iPad. So, it’s still not “stand alone.” I hope one day Apple enables that.
Still, the interconnectedness of the Mac and iPad that seems to be flourishing under Catalina and iPadOs are making both tools more powerful—together. So, we may be entering a world where having both a Mac and an iPad is better than having either alone (so the either/or conversation may change). Interesting and exciting times.