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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It is not the future I'd want
by Darak on Wed 20th Sep 2017 06:46 UTC
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The fact that iOS is the future is extremely clear, and the reason has little to do with performance, usability or convenience and a lot to do with a 30% tax on all software installed on the system.

Apple, just like Microsoft after them, found that adding a store to the mainstream OS doesn't work since there are already competing, established distribution mechanisms in place. Focusing on iOS as the go-to platform for all things is the obvious solution. A lot of work must be done first in order to make iOS 'good enough' for the things it still can't do well, such as multitasking or content creation, which explains the current development. We'll get there eventually.

From the user's point of view, going from OSX to iOS means losing a lot of features. However, removing features from new versions of software is the main trend right now in computing, and one Apple fully embraces, or perhaps even pioneered.

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shotsman Member since:

30% Tax?
Funnily enough, all the apps on my iPad/iPhone come at zero cost so no 30% tax there but that is just the mix that I have so, YMMV.

Ever tried to sell software commercially? The markup that some stores take is a lot more than 30%.
I did once and 50% was the norm even before volume discounts.

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