Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 21:52 UTC

iOS 11 has been released, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, you should really update right now. It's a big release, and especially iPad users will get to enjoy an overhauled user experience on their tablets. If you're not convinced, be sure to read the only two reviews you need: the one by fervent and enthusiastic (his enthusiasm for the iPad is infectious, in a good way) iPad user Federico Viticci, and the Ars Technica review written by Andrew Cunningham.

I've been using the betas on my 2017 iPad Pro 12.9", and it truly transforms how you use the iPad, to the point where I can use mine comfortably for work (translating, posting OSNews stories - like this one - and so on). No macOS or Windows laptop is as responsive and fluid as this iPad Pro, and the battery life of this machine is so good, it's probably illegal in 12 US states. Unlike macOS or Windows, I don't have to spend time fighting with iOS 11 to get it to do what I want, like fidgeting with windows, or anxiously managing battery life because otherwise I won't get through a day, or manage applications. And trust me, there's no PC - not even my own €4000 monster PC - that is as fluid and responsive as this iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro with iOS 11 is the truest realisation yet of it just works.

I'm not going to claim this is for everyone, or that you should ritually sacrifice your ThinkPad and run to the Apple Store and get the iPad Pro. However, after a few months of use, there's no way I'm ever going back to a traditional laptop. That being said - my only complaint about the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" is an odd one: it's not a mobile device.

I am a sit down behind my desk kind of person. I work and compute behind a desk, with a large display at eye height and a comfortable chair. The iPad Pro isn't suited for this kind of work, as it forces you to look down, which due to back problems I cannot do for longer periods of time. What I really want is a small iOS box I can hook up a display, keyboard, and mouse to. Apple already makes such a box - the Apple TV - so I know they can do it. Mouse and keyboard support is probably coming to iOS over the coming years, and with the Mac Mini languishing, it feels like they might be working on just such a box.

I'd easily pay €500-700 for such a machine.

I know stating iOS is a great general purpose computing platform tends to be controversial - I myself have been skeptical about this very thing for years - but iOS 11 and the iPad Pro have utterly convinced me. This is the platform I want for laptop and desktop computer use. Windows and macOS feel like the past now.

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Developing cross-platform apps in C# and javascript for the desktop

Download Continuous, or any of the other great iOS IDEs:

movie capture, creation and editing

Download LumaFusion, or any of the other great video editors on iOS:

maintaining virtual machines for legacy app. support and maintenance

VMware, Citrix, etc. all have iOS applications. This isn't my area of expertise - not by a long shot - but I wouldn't be surprised if these apps are actually a lot better than you think.

fine-scale graphical design using photoshop via mouse and pen

Affinity is better than Photoshop.

audio extraction and manipulation

There are countless [professional] audio tools for iOS.

Writing long and complex articles with embedded images and text content on CMS systems using small, keyboards, on a tiny screen, very suitable.

You can connect any keyboard to an iPad. Even mechanical keyboards. Its screen size of 12.9" is right on par with the most popular laptop screen size out there (~13").

And did you read that long, complex review I linked to above? Viticci does all his work on iPads, including writing and creating that complex article. The writing tools for iOS are downright excellent; it's probably the most developed, mature pro aspect of iOS. And you can always resort to very good versions of Word/Excel/etc. and Pages/Numbers/etc. if need be.

Running multiple applications simultaneously on multiple screens to speed workflow.

iOS doesn't do multiple screens yet. You got me there. This clearly means iOS is entirely garbage and useless.

Can I ask a question? Can you feel the depth of the sarcasm?

Edited 2017-09-20 09:04 UTC

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