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

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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dpJudas
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2009-12-10

It was just an example. There are countless others, for a variety of languages.

My primary point here was that you can't just search the App Store and paste the first link you find as proof that a platform is suitable/mature for a specific kind of work.

The iPad Pro may have reached a maturity level that convinces you that it is now suitable for your line of business, but you can't extrapolate that to mean this applies to general computing. A lot of the "it just works" is possible because Apple locked down the platform and what apps can do. But those very same limitations is what makes an iPad unsuitable for a lot of other professions.

In any case, unless I'm missing something, the iOS 11 is still limited to a two-app split screen UI. That may work for what you do, but until it has freely resizable windows, has a physical mouse, keyboard, and is attached to a 24" screen it won't be usable as a replacement for what I use today.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

My primary point here was that you can't just search the App Store and paste the first link you find as proof that a platform is suitable/mature for a specific kind of work.


Oh for sure. I listen to women and men smarter than I (i.e., actual developers and artists) when it comes to these matters, because unlike some [not referring to you], I'm not afraid to rely on the insights of others, and this is one of the IDEs I've had recommended (Pythonista - for Python, as the name implies - is another one people are raving about).

The point I'm trying to make is that a lot of people automatically dismiss anything on iOS not because of inherent shortcomings, but merely because it isn't Windows/Linux/macOS, even though many of these tools are advancing at such a rapid pace a lot people really seem to have no idea just how capable they've become over the years.

Again, I can't reiterate enough that this platform for sure isn't ready for everyone - but it's getting there, at an incredibly rapid pace.

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yerverluvinunclebert Member since:
2014-05-03

The point I'm trying to make is that a lot of people automatically dismiss anything on iOS not because of inherent shortcomings, but merely because it isn't Windows/Linux/macOS


When did you make that point and to who? I didn't see anyone arguing that IOS wasn't capable, it is. Perhaps you are arguing with someone who isn't arguing with you.

IOS is just not what you claimed, ie. the future. To state that is to say that it is the be-all and end-all - that future is factually wrong.

Why are other people better "experts" on my use of a computer than, uh, me?


No-one is arguing - yet again - on your own use of IOS. You are the one that wrote the article remember stating it is the future. You have some responsibility when you publish your words. Stand by them or prepare for others to meet your opinions with hard facts.

As you have implied Thom you are not the expert in everything, yet when you were given examples where you were factually wrong you ignored them.

I'm not afraid to rely on the insights of others


I think that's exactly who you are...

When you find someone that knows their stuff it is simpler to accept what they say when they have the relevant experience. To know what platform to perform javascript cross-development just ask the expert as to whether IOS would be suitable not just possible. Find him, ask him. Same with VMs, video editing, CAD CAM, audio production, Scada systems. You can't be an expert in everything so cannot say the future is IOS just because it could potentially do it all, just if you pushed it hard.

Horses-for-courses. Each to his own. That's the truth but that is not the theme behind the article. That is why it is worth this series of arguments. The article is simply wrong.

Someone once wrote an advert for the ZX80 which stated "enough power to run a power station". Hyperbole is what the advert and your article was guilty of.

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