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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Well said. The same argument applies on almost all his argued points. The mature platform and the well-developed program is always the better one to specify.

To argue that Affinity is better than Photoshop? For some reason Thom has gone off the rails on this one. Who would argue that learning something other Photoshop was anything other than a long term mistake?

Affinity? GIMP is arguably better than Photoshop except that in reality it isn't. There is no point in arguing this stuff with experts who know better.

I couldn't use GIMP or Affinity for any of the things I need it to do. The only reason I use photoshop is because of the enormous number of free resources, the investment in manpower and time, the stability and maturity in what it offers. Photoshop is my default IDE for graphical application development using conversion scripts that create XML descriptions for desktop apps that run on Windows and Android. Can Affinity do any of this? No. Affinity is not better than Photoshop at all for an infinity of reasons!

Thom's credibility has been damaged by articles and arguments like these and I'd like him to put him back on the rails. For his sake and my own - as I like this site and what it offers. The site's articles generally makes sense but not this one and certainly not Thom's biased response.

He hasn't realised that his opinions are not facts. He thinks that other's facts are opinions and in addition he judges them as being of less importance than his own. In this case he is WRONG.

Edited 2017-09-20 12:00 UTC

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