Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski sat down for an interview with Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi and Marketing chief Phil Schiller after the company’s keynote today.
In the interview,Federighi called iOS 11 “the biggest iPad release ever.” Schiller also backed up Federighi’s statement by saying:
“What we’ve done for iPad in iOS 11 is in and of itself enough for a major software release. You could say, ‘Here’s the iPad version of iOS 11’ — if there was such a thing.”
iPad devotees have been left short when it comes to productivity enhancements over the past couple of years. However, iOS 11 changes everything, with the ability to drag and drop content between apps, a smart way to manage files, and intuitive ways to multitask. Schiller said:
“We want iPad to be an even better primary computing device for the people who want it to be that.”
In a statement, Federighi went on to talk about the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. He said:
“The 10.5 crosses this really interesting threshold. By trimming down the bezels, we were able to maintain a size that’s great to hold in bed while reading, but it’s also got a full-sized keyboard. It’s deceiving to the eye, but when you put your hands down and start typing you immediately feel ‘oh yeah, now I can type just like on my Mac.’”
In the interview, Schiller and Federighi go on to talk about the Apple Pencil and the integration with the iPad’s display. You can read the full interview on BuzzFeed.