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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Yup. Writing "...for me" after every single line is kind of dumb, though, which is why I very specifically stated this isn't for everyone.

I feel that response is a bit of a cop-out. The article's headline makes a statement "it's the future", then we have " No macOS or Windows laptop is as responsive and fluid", "Unlike macOS or Windows, I don't have to spend time fighting with iOS 11 to get it to do what I want".

These are sweeping statements that are made prior to making your little caveat and in any case the tone of the whole article is quite clear, IOS 11 on the ipad Pro is a general purpose computing environment which has utterly convinced you in its superiority over the competition - and as you state in the headline "it's the future".

However, changing it to "It's the future for me" and similarly modified other statements, including the headline, would probably have prevented the furore you encountered, I am sure. You can't make statements as opinionated and subjective as you did, to a listening audience and then sit back and expect an intelligent and vocal group to just mop it up.

You should realise now that the tone of the article was factually incorrect due to those little missing (but absolutely essential) words that changed the whole tone of the article.

Also, failing to recognise the facts as presented to you, and arguing solidly against those same hard facts led you into a position where you had to battle hard to justify what you had originally said. You were dismissive of other people's arguments and you could have defused the whole discussion at any time by just saying, "apologies, what I meant was that IOS is the future for me, I'll go and amend the article now, to make it much clearer." You didn't do that,instead you just argued and tried to counter our positions - it was impossible to do so when you were just so patently wrong.

Opinion is a great thing but having one is just not enough for a writer. You must have facts to back it up otherwise it is worthless. I have an opinion of course but it is irrelevant as an argument as it is just an opinion so I haven't even bothered mention what I actually think, I've merely stated what I know. If you want my real opinion you only have to ask.

I'm not taking any pleasure in dismantling your article but a published piece that made such sweeping statements basically deserved to be ripped to shreds by someone, if not me, I just did it at length. We find governments making similar sweeping statements on behalf of others, whilst adding a small caveat to protect themselves (the small print) but this isn't acceptable as those readers that remain aware can easily read the tone and article's conclusion and realise what the author really meant.

If this wasn't your intention then I still can't apologise for attacking it, as you wrote the article using the words it has now. It had to be dismantled just for what the words said, regardless of your inner meaning.

I don't normally spend this much time commenting on an article but I had to in this case as this article stood out from your others as being so patently incorrect. You normally stick to the facts.

I may never comment again or I might...

;) <- now that's a good place for a smiley... not sarcastic, not meant to demean you. I think I avoided any personal digs in our conversation but I truly did think you were losing it for a while. Let's hope you are back on track.

Edited to make the English more readable.

Edited 2017-09-21 12:52 UTC

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