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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, I can say with absolute certainty that even had I done so, you would still feel offended.

Once again you are digging. You love doing this... You are proposing that you have engered a feeling where that is clearly not the case, you are inventing things again!

I am not offended, not in the least. My only feeling is one of disappointment. I am disappointed in you. I probably had some respect for you given that you are the main writer for a site that I regularly visit and read.

I had expectations that you would be able to detach your opinions from facts, be able to see where you made mistakes and then learn from them. Then perhaps admit to them. That still seems not to be the case.

It is a pity. I will continue to read your articles but they will be taken with a little more caution than previously knowing now how flawed they can be.

I suspect our impact on you will be much more concrete. I suspect that you will take greater care in future to ensure your opinion is based upon more facts than was displayed in this article. At least I do hope so.

In addition there is nothing wrong in adopting a tiny bit more humility. It is probably required to be able to admit when you aren't fully in the right but I know this hard to do. I say this reflecting on the style of your arguments, refusing to admit that others have a valid point, failing to respond to individual points, refuting other's facts. Not admitting one's own flaws is a weakness especially when you open yourself to such scrutiny by publishing such clearly biased articles.

If I were you I'd hit the edit button, rewrite the article and amend it just a little so it reflects the concerns myself and others have raised on its impartiality and factual content.

I don't think you will but if you did I'd immediately acknowledge you are a better man than you were at the start of this discussion and I'd acknowledge the re-written article in the light of the updated context.

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