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Native trackpad support on iPad Pro opens the door to dual booting Windows 10 on ARM

Native trackpad support along with a new Magic Keyboard with touchpad brings intruiging possibilities. (Source: Apple)
Native trackpad support along with a new Magic Keyboard with touchpad brings intruiging possibilities. (Source: Apple)
Apple has long supported the ability for the Mac to be able to dual boot into Windows via Bootcamp. Now that it comes with native trackpad support, it opens up the intriguing possibility of dual booting into Windows 10 on ARM.

When Apple switched from IBM PowerPC-based starting in 2006 it wasn’t long before it introduced its Boot Camp Assistant which allows Apple users to install Windows on a separate partition on their Macs and MacBooks. For some people, this was a major selling point as it allowed them to buy the preferred desktop or laptop but still enjoy wider compatibility with their office, or even dabble in other activities like PC gaming. The introduction of native mouse/trackpad support with the arrival of iOS 13.4 and the new Magic Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro brings a similar opportunity, except this time around running Windows 10 on ARM.

Why, you ask, would Apple want to do this especially given the talk is about Apple bringing macOS to ARM? I think the answer is similar to why it continues to offer support for Windows 10 on its Macs and MacBooks – that is to increase potential sales. Although the argument for doing so is not quite as compelling, as Windows 10 on ARM doesn’t have full support for x86 apps including those designed for the x86-64 (AMD64) architecture. However, Windows 10 on ARM offers full support for Windows Remote Desktop while also offering optimized support for Windows versions of Office. It would also appeal to users who continue to be frustrated with the file system on iOS and other little annoyances that you don’t experience on a macOS or Windows.

Further, iPads are also the only Apple devices to support touch screens and pen input, meaning that users would be able to enjoy the full Windows 10 touchscreen and Windows Ink experience as well. It would also cement the argument that the iPad is a proper laptop replacement in the short term while Apple continues to refine the iOS touch-first experience. If you are still not convinced by the possibilities that support for Windows 10 on ARM on the iPad could bring all you need to do is ask yourself one question: who would buy a Microsoft Surface if you could enjoy everything that iOS offers as well as the advantages of running Windows? Kerching!

 

 

The iPad Pro is ready and waiting for Windows 10 on ARM. (Source: Apple)
The iPad Pro is ready and waiting for Windows 10 on ARM. (Source: Apple)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-03-27 (Update: 2020-03-27)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.