Apple rolled out the beta version of iOS 9.3 on Wednesday. The new version provides the iPad users to update the firmware of accessories and devices through Smart Connector. The iPad Pro’s Smart Connector has replaced the old practice of plugging the device into a Mac.
In a tweet, developer Stefan Wolfrum said that through iPad pro’s software users can update the firmware on his Logitech Create keyboard, notes MacRumors. This feature makes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro a device that will replace laptops, as said by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook earlier this week on the company’s earnings, as reported by ZDNet.
“Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones,” Tim Cook said.
However, it is unclear whether the accessory firmware update was included in the iOS 9.3 software or just pinged a server to the OS for downloading the update before installing it.
Apple claims that the Smart Connector has created “another dimension” to the iPad experience. The new update has brought content creation tools which would help users to leave the old practice or the laptop and move to a larger tablet, notes ZDNet.
Moreover, the new firmware update includes the accessory updating ability which allows the users to set up their iPads, along with the facility to update iOS software, apps, and now accessories, unplugged to a Mac.
Currently, the beta version of iOS 9.3 is available for registered developers via Apple Developer Center. Although the release date is not confirmed, it is speculated that a Night Shift mode will be included to change the screen brightness of the devices. Apple’s existing apps will also be updated including Apple News, CarPlay, Notes, Health and more.
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