Architects and the New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?

Architects and the New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?

Can tablets help architects better conceive and execute their designs? If you’re skeptical, you’re not alone. To a certain extent, architects are still unsure if meaningful work can be created on an iPad . As the novel of virtual reality wears off, it’s worth asking if portable augmented reality is the push forward that will combine the best of traditional and digital architectural technology. So beyond their utility as lightweight, untethered screens, what can tablets offer the professional architect? The iPad is an endless clean slate that appeals to creatives’ desires to sketch or illustrate in a way befitting of our time. Until 2015, with the launch of the first Apple pencil, users of Apple ’s products could employ a third-party stylus but the inaccuracy and discomfort of these tools proved hopeless as practical or useful architectural drawing implements. As a result, there was no industry-wide surge in the adoption or demand of iPads for architects. Flash forward to 2018, eight years after the initial launch of the iPad . The capabilities of the hardware itself have increased and the integration of ARKit have heightened the appeal of these devices for architects. And, evolving in step with the device are the softwares that ultimately determine the iPad ’s utility, like Morpholio’s TracePro . Alongside other apps like ProCreate and Shapr3D, TracePro ‘s app developers are hoping to harness the most ideal way to create in a way that doesn’t feel completely overtly computerized. The challenge is to take known technologies (even those with thousands of years of history) and put them into the digital world. Morpholio sees themselves as pioneers who are proposing how we will leverage the power of AR relative to architecture, and Mark Collins, Co-Creator of Morpholio , said, “we’re trying to hit that perfect hybrid between the best of what we’ve relied on for centuries versus what’s coming next with these devices.” Of the multiple “cool” capabilities (like Smart Fill and Instant Scale), here are the top three seriously convenient and impressive features of Morpholio TracePro. We’ve covered many architectural apps that also seem to herald a breakthrough for architects, but the claims are made without convincing examples of how practicing architects are employing new apps and technologies for fruitful ends. Yet if you turn to Instagram you can see intriguing examples of how designers are taking advantage of their iPads (and Morpholio ’s products specifically) to create useful and attractive visualizations. In addition to the examples of what people are currently creating, there are legitimate reasons for considering that, at this moment, the tablet has a promising future as a fully-integrated tool in the architect’s workflow. As TracePro blazes the trail for creating architecture on the iPad, it is bolstered by the iPad’s following features : portability and speed, the new pencil, and the ARKit API that takes advantage of the powerful camera. The larger format of the iPad (the 12.9 inch model), weighs in at 1.39 pounds and is more powerful than the […]

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